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Table for Friends, A: The Art of Cooking for Two or Twenty [9781526615114]

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'This is a beautiful cookbook, full of joyous, life-enriching recipes. I love it.' Nigel Slater

A Table for Friends celebrates the joy of eating with friends and family, with over 100 simple and wonderfully inviting recipes.

Drawing on years of cooking for more people than it ever seemed possible to squeeze into her kitchen, Sunday Times columnist and cookery author Skye McAlpine shares the secrets to her stylish and relaxed way of hosting, setting you up for success whether you're cooking for two or twenty.

A Table for Friends has recipes for every occasion, from last-minute weeknight dinners to large celebratory gatherings.

Skye's recipes fall into four chapters, Stars, Sides, Sweets and Extras, which allow you to intuitively plan a simple and impressive menu, and, because juggling oven space is one of the biggest challenges when cooking for a crowd, each chapter is ingeniously organised into Throw Together, On The Hob and In The Oven so your menu works best for your mood, your kitchen and your time.

Alongside these beautiful, deliciously do-able recipes comes Skye's practical, fuss-free guidance for hosting a stress-free gathering, from what to cook in advance to how to lay the table beautifully, allowing you to step out of the kitchen and relax with your guests.

For a super-easy roast for a crowd why not try her Honey-roast poussins, Butter-&-sage roast pumpkin, Saffron fennel, A really good chicory salad with creamy mustard dressing and Winter fruit & mascarpone tart?

Or for a wonderfully soothing pasta supper, Tagliatelle with gorgonzola, pear & walnut and Chocolate chestnut meringue cake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

This is a cookbook to cook from: a helpful, approachable, down-to-earth kitchen companion that will give you the confidence to gather friends around your table and the inspiration to do so more often.

AUTHOR: Skye McAlpine spends the majority of her time in Venice, where she writes, photographs and teaches cookery workshops. She is the author of A Table in Venice, which was hugely-well received and she contributes regularly to publications from around the world, including Food52, The Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Saturday Telegraph, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler and Corriere della Sera. Skye was shortlisted for the Jane Grigson Trust Award for new food writers in 2018.

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  • 3
    Not bad but not too good either.

    Posted by Brian Sigsworth on 12th Sep 2020

    I bought this book by reading various decent reviews but was disappointed with the recipes. IT might be me, but I really think it is quite quirky and not really what I would cook. Sorry, but just being honest.

  • 4
    A table for friends

    Posted by Elke Mather on 8th Sep 2020

    Beautiful book, easy recipes that work well and taste amazing

  • 5
    A Table for Friends

    Posted by Nancy Brinton on 8th Aug 2020

    Easy, delicious recipes, it does feel like Skye is talking to you across her table. It is already a ‘go to’ resource for family meals and entertaining.

  • 5
    Fabulous food made easy

    Posted by Janet on 28th Jul 2020

    This is more than a cook book, this is a book I will come back to time and time again. The food is wonderful as are the photographs. The recipes are so easy to follow. Just reading the book is a joy.

  • 5
    A Gem of a Cookery Book

    Posted by stefano zuppet on 12th Jul 2020

    I have not bought a cookery book for years as I found them quite disappointing and they all seemed a copycat style. I am so glad that I decided to preorder ‘A Table for Friends’. It is an absolute gem of a book, both beautiful and practical. The recipes both work and are explained thoroughly with fantastic advice and comments, whether you are cooking for two or more. I know that it will be well used and my first recipe the pistachio cake was exquisite. I can thoroughly recommend buying a copy and I doubt that it will sit unread on your shelf...I am already getting another two copies for my sisters as gifts...

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