My Art of Entertaining: Recipes and Tips from Miss Maggie’s Kitchen
Heloise Brion (author), Christophe Roue (photographer)
Description: Globetrotting tastemaker Heloïse Brion invites us inside her universe of relaxed chic entertaining.
In her second book, Héloïse Brion expands her repertoire of delicious yet unpretentious comfort food inspired by her travels and the joy of entertaining. Offering lifestyle inspiration, she shares her myriad ideas for creating memorable meals, right down to the unique table settings—from a summertime beach getaway to a festive holiday gathering, using vintage transferware plates or handmade ceramics, natural wood platters and serving bowls, heirloom silver and etched glassware, jewel-hued table linens, foraged elements from nature, and chic candle placements.
Packed with winning flavour combinations that dazzle while keeping meals relaxed, the book is organized by season and includes tablescape ideas for every occasion. Recipes include a crisp radish salad that heralds the arrival of springtime; refreshing semifreddo peaches, perfect for hot summer days; a warming autumnal burrata, fig, and grape pizza; and stuffed butternut squash or a holiday mushroom crown for festive winter celebrations.
Héloïse reveals her planning and decorating secrets for creating unique and beautiful table settings full of whimsy for every occasion.
This is an utterly gorgeous book, perfectly timed to bring a wonderful sense of the seasons, in her introduction to Autumn she writes,
‘After the long lazy days of summer, fall sneaks up on us. The leaves in the trees turn yellow ochre and red. We pull out our blankets and sweaters and can’t wait to light the first log fire of the season. Our homes are decorated with all sorts of squash, and comforting dishes make a comeback. Everything seems to slow down and become cozy.’
What makes this book utterly delightful is the attention to detail in creating the whole atmosphere, the creativity in designing the table settings, using for example, apples, dried flowers and leaves, vintage quilts as table coverings, wrapping up warmly to eat outside for the last of the late summer sunshine.
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