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Simple Soirees: Seasonal Menus for Sensational Dinner Parties Hardcover – October, 2005
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Anyone who loves gathering friends around the table would be grateful to receive Peggy Knickerbockers new book. -- Fine Cooking, Holidays, December 2005
Peggy convinces us that gatherings can be as appealing and effortless for the hosts as they are for the guests. -- Saveur, December 2005
These delicious dinners are inspired by the beauty of real food... -- Alice Waters, Chef & Owner, Chez Panisse
About the Author
Peggy Knickerbocker is a freelance food and travel writer who lives in San Francisco and Paris. She is a longtime contributor to Saveur, and has also written for Gourmet, Food & Wine, House & Garden, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times. She is the author of Champagne: The Spirit of Celebration, Olive Oil: From Tree to Table (nominated for an IACP Award), and The Rose Pistola Cookbook.
Christopher Hirsheimer has photographed many cookbooks, including Rick & Lanie's Excellent Kitchen Adventures (STC), Authentic Vietnamese Cooking, The New Irish Table, and Fried & True. Her work often appears in Saveur, which she co-founded.
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I ordered this cookbook on a whim, and realized I had made a mistake. I found the author way to concerned with name dropping and using exotic ingredients. For me, Pamala Anderson's 'Great recipes for having people over' is elegant simplicity.
I love how the menus are all arranged seasonally, taking advantage of appropriate ingredients and cooking methods. Stick to the season you're in, and you can't go wrong. The author's suggestions for making a party special are fun to read, too. Admittedly, I am from San Francisco, and so is she, so she mentions foods and places that are near and dear to my heart. Her food sensibilities are right up my alley.
If you're a Saveur reader, a couple of these menus will look familiar, as they are from articles she's written for them (the Gnafrons and the Old Stoves Dinner).
I think Peggy Knickerbocker is a genuis. It is not only my favorite cookbook, but it is my favorite gift to give as well.
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And notice on the flap of the book--NO author's face, only a photo of lovely legs.Read more