Williams-Sonoma Entertaining with the Seasons by Georgeanne Brennan (Free Press; July 13, 2010; $32.50), takes the best recipes from the highly successful and popular Williams-Sonoma Entertaining series: Christmas Entertaining, Cocktail Parties, Dinner Parties, Easy Entertaining, Outdoor, and Thanksgiving Entertaining. Taking inspiration from the growing trend of eating fresh local foods in season, this lavishly designed cookbook is arranged by season to help cooks find the best recipes for what is available to them now. Brennan provides 185 delicious recipes and stylish ideas for any occasion, from sophisticated dinner parties to laid-back barbecues to fabulous cocktail fetes, any time of the year. Packed with tips and sidebars on everything from setting the table to organizing a home bar, Entertaining with the Seasons features 300 stunning photographs and a convenient lay-flat wire-o design that makes this book as functional as it is beautiful, and a sheer pleasure to cook from, whatever the occasion may be.
Each chapter offers recipes that draw on seasonally-driven ingredients for Drinks & Starters, Soups & Salads, Mains & Sides, and Desserts. Drink recipes are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and recipes range from a simple Baby Spinach Salad with Parmesan and Papaya to the more elaborate Butterflied Turkey with Herb Graze and Gravy.
Williams-Sonoma Entertaining with the Seasons offers ideas for everything so cooks can easily find recipes for the available ingredients of the season. Springtime produce is showcased with simple dishes like crostini topped with fava bean spread, succulent roast chicken with tender spring vegetables, and a rustic strawberry rhubarb galette. As the weather heats up, cool off with sweet-and-sour margaritas, a colorful caprese salad, and crowd pleasing pan-seared sea bass with herb butter sauce. During the autumn months, bring warmth to the dinner table with clove-spiked apple cider, rich butternut squash soup, and mouth-watering roast turkey with gravy. Wintertime calls for sparkling cocktails and festive foods like cucumber rounds with fresh crab, an impressive standing rib roast, and spicy gingerbread with whipped cream.
A compendium of the very best recipes from the Williams-Sonoma bestselling Entertaining series, Williams-Sonoma Entertaining with the Seasons is a comprehensive cookbook that is the perfect guide for entertaining throughout the year!