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"California Cooking and Southern Style" by the Divine Ms Schultz. A delightfully entertaining book about entertaining.... written with her signature charming, self-effacing sense of humor. It delivers inspiration while making one pause to realize why we gather and how important it is to bring friends and family together and break bread. Tablescapes are magnificent & have a charm that beckons to days gone by. The zinnias and dahlias are simply breathtaking! Anxious to get to the market to gather vittles to prepare chick pea soup with a starter of the intriguing bagna cauda. Shout out to her partner in crime Stephanie Valentine whose culinary talent seems to have no boundaries.
Frances Schultz (who shares my name!) has written not only an excellent guide to hosting a dinner party with suggested menus (in the index for easy finding--why do other cookbooks not do this!?) and table scapes, but she has also infused the whole book with love and a reflection on what it means to be part of a community and the importance of bringing people together around the table.
The recipes are delicious and easy to follow--I recommend the bread pudding and the blue cheese pecans especially--and the photographs are beautiful.
This book is sure to have a permanent place in anyone's kitchen and heart. A must-buy!
Love this book! Beautiful pictures and table setting suggestions. Recipes look fairly easy and super delicious. Purchased for a friend who’s from the south and also lived in California for many years. I know his going to love it.