Thursday, May 13

Recipes for Parties

With Memorial Day fast approaching and the school term coming to an end, I am counting the days until summer. For me, summer is all about fun, friends, family, travel and entertaining. With that in mind, should you need even the slightest spark of entertaining inspiration in the coming months, you must get yourself a copy of Recipes for Parties. Fashion executive Michael Leva (Creative Director for J. Jill) and textile designer Nancy Parker know what it takes to entertain with style in a short amount of time.

Michael and Nancy are both ‘home cooks’ determined that every party can and should be both effortless and utterly fabulous. I especially love the “Cheats” section with helpful hints for those pressed for time. The Moroccan rooftop buffet with a recipe for doctoring up store bought olives and a Tomato Salad with Preserved Lemons and Chive Blossoms sounds so yummy.

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Michael in New York. Amy Fine Collins and Wendy Goodman hosted Michael’s book launch at Bergdorf Goodman, followed by a fun and lively dinner. Once you meet Michael in person, it is easy to see his fun-loving nature stamped in the pages of this book.

If you need further evidence, click on Tory Burch’s blog for more tips and Michael's favorite recipe—his mom’s fettuccine with minted tomato sauce.

Famed photographer Pieter Estersohn is responsible for the beautiful imagery.




14 comments:

Kathy said...

On the list. That second photo has me so ready for summer entertaining!

Kathy said...

I adore Michael. His book is wonderful, just like the man himself.
Kathy

mary said...

It looks really yummy. Spanish tortilla would fit right in. Am going to Tory Burch to check out those recipes. Thanks.

Anne said...

So glad you are back Ronda. I've missed you. This book looks like a winner. Thank you!

ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks everyone!
xoxo

The-Countrypolitan said...

What a great go-to resource... thanks for the information! Terri

Taylor Sterling said...

love it! Thank you.

simone leblanc said...

the tea looks amazing! I love summer.

Julia @ CasaSugar said...

Wow! That tablescape is absolutely stunning!!

La Petite Gallery said...

The Table looks fabulous.
How did the Tea taste??
Looks like a fun day.

yvonne

pve design said...

We plan to host our Summer Solstice party on the patio with drinks and lots of hor's d'oeuvres! I always think summer and outdoor parties are so much fun.
Great book!
pve

Simply Defined Design said...

WOW!! This is a beautiful party!!! You have fantastic Blog!! All the best, Connie

New England Fine Living said...

Thank you for mentioning! I will have to look for it. I love the round table with green moss with the food presentation. SO CLASSY!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful book, the photos are fabulous and I love the tips for hosting that Nancy gives.I am not sure I will be able to pull it off with the same aplomb but I will give it a go!
Alison ( Dubai)