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Handmade Gatherings: Recipes and Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations and Potluck Parties Hardcover – April 8, 2014

4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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“English merges dishes with party ideas, and having sampled her spiced apple pound cake, we can say with confidence that it’s just what readers need for parties as they look to spring and outdoor events.”—Library Journal

"There are few things more intimate and meaningful than welcoming guests into your home. The time and love that goes into planning a shared meal makes guests feel welcomed and loved and Ashley English knows how to do that better than anyone. Handmade Gatherings is a celebration of simple but special ways to create an environment, from food to decor, that will make any friend, family member or guest feel like they are the guests of honor.”—Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge

"Handmade Gatherings brings together Ashley's seasonal recipes, crafts, and entertaining ideas, which I have been following for years now. From tips on how to make the most out of your market experience to how to get children involved in the activities, this book is filled with inspiration for parties, potlucks, and the like. Beautifully styled and photographed. Lovely all around."—Aran Goyoaga, author of Small Plates and Sweet Treats and creator of Cannelle et Vanille

“While I wish I could say I whip up a multi-course meal on the regular for twenty of my closest friends and family, it simply doesn't happen that way. So, potlucks are one of ways I most enjoy having people over. I cook one or two things, and guests bring their own dish to add to the shared meal. I love the way that Handmade Gatherings encourages collaborative potlucks and also provides so much inspiration for each season—from the recipe to ideas for the décor—my potlucks are instantly so much better (and tastier).”—Joy D. Cho, creator of Oh Joy!

“As someone who often hosts gatherings, I appreciate Ashley’s approach to communal, potluck meals. I particularly value her approach to slowing down, appreciating the process of creating an experience, and noticing the changing of the seasons. Ashley has created a framework for celebrating friends and family, creating a community experience, and enjoying the beauty of the growing seasons and the changing calendar year.”—Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin

About the Author

ASHLEY ENGLISH has degrees in holistic nutrition and sociology. She has worked over the years with a number of nonprofit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues, is a member of Slow Food USA, and writes a regular column for the popular blog Design*Sponge, as well as a column for the quarterly publication Taproot. She is the author of four books in the Homemade Living series (Canning and Preserving, Keeping Chickens, Keeping Bees, Home Dairy), as well as A Year of Pies, all from Lark Crafts. Ashley and her family live in Candler, North Carolina, where they are converting their land into a thriving homestead. Follow their adventures at www.smallmeasure.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Roost Books (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611800560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611800562
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm always in search of great recipes and at Easter time, if I can use up those hard-boiled eggs we've decorated and make them into something yummy then it's a huge bonus! Two classics are deviled eggs and egg salad - I found fabulous recipes for both that have a modern twist. (one has BACON!) "Handmade Gatherings" by Ashley English features sixteen parties and gives you fabulous ideas on decorating, entertainment, little crafts you can do and ... recipes! One of the springtime parties, I might add, resembles an Easter celebration, which is perfect for me right now. I love how the deviled egg recipe is lightened up for spring. She uses fresh dill, lemon zest and olive oil to brighten the flavor, but keeps this classic favorite close to the ones you remember. There are so many great entertaining ideas in this book - and they're not Martha Stewart style, but instead more like the hip neighbor that everyone loves style.
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I already owned Ashley's book about making pies so I knew there would be recipes in this book I would enjoy making. But what I was not prepared for was how beautiful the book is, I enjoy just picking it up and perusing it from time to time. It is a fun book to read if one would never try the recipes.

Ashley shares ideas for preparing for parties, putting together potlucks, and how to make it look beautiful on a budget. That's where the craft ideas come in.

I highly recommend this book, not only for those who enjoy cooking but to have available anytime you would want to show hospitality on a budget by encouraging potluck get togethers.
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I have many entertaining books on my bookshelf and Handmade Gatherings is now my newest go to book. The recipes are fantastic and the concept of friends coming together in a organized potluck is truly genius. The simple and elegant crafts make the event and are sure to inspire everyone. You will enjoy this book for many, many years and guard as a treasure. The pages jump out with their beautiful photos and delicious recipes.
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I love this book because it makes entertaining feel doable and affordable, as well as truly meaningful. It is unique among books on entertaining in that all of the ideas for gatherings are potluck-based, so the host is not solely responsible for the work and expense of the experience. Each event celebrates a specific season and features its own theme (an example for Spring: A "Good Egg" gathering where guests bring a dish featuring eggs, have an egg roll race, and make silk-dyed eggs. Another for Summer: a seasonal fruit party where guests bring blankets and throw pillows in the shades of summer fruits, pot fruit pits in potting soil, and feast on fruit galettes.). I love that every event includes a craft and decor that the guests help create, which allows for each personality (kids included) to make its mark on the experience. The photos are gorgeous, the writing witty and readable, and the ideas truly inspiring. Highly recommended!
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I feel that too often these days that people are scouring Pinterest and Tumblr for party and decoration ideas that are impossible for real people to pull off. This book is full of great ideas that are really possible. Not only is it full of delicious recipes and helpful tips, but it is beautifully put together with wonderful photography. This is one book that has been on our coffee table since we got it!
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By D. on April 24, 2014
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This book is simply awesome. There are so many great ideas and recipes that there is really something for everyone in this book. Not only is there a great variety, but it's all done in a way that makes it seem completely manageable and easy do do for those who are just starting to entertain. I love this book and it is a definite must have to any collection!!
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Handmade Gatherings is a beautifully put together book filled with practical, creative, and fun ideas for bringing community and friends together. The crafts are lovely and simple to pull off and the recipes look delicious. I love that it is broken up into seasonal themes, making it that much more easy to find the decor and food locally. I am looking forward to using this book for inspiration over the years to come! And I'll be making the strawberry galette with mint whipped cream the second our strawberries are ready to pick!
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I don't find this very useful. The ideas and themes are rather charming, but the title says "recipes." There are only a very few recipes, and they are mostly for sweets. It was fun to look through this book once, but there's nothing in it that I'd refer back to and I won't use this book for actual event planning.
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