Any outdoor meal, no matter how casual or spur of the moment, can have a sense of style and fun. All you need are fresh-tasting recipes that are outdoor friendly and creative ideas for decorating, lighting, and serving alfresco. And that's just what you'll find in Williams-Sonoma Outdoor Entertaining.
In the following pages are seven complete parties, including a picnic dinner on the beach, a family-reunion backyard barbecue, a poolside cocktail party, an elegant brunch in the garden, and a trio of easy alfresco dinners to enjoy with family and friends. Each includes failproof recipes, practical tips, step-by-step decorating ideas, and a detailed work plan, all richly illustrated with full-color photographs that show you how to create inspired serving presentations with minimal time and effort.
You'll discover more than 40 recipes for the kinds of seasonal dishes and drinks that taste best -- and work best -- when served outdoors. From grilled foods to easy made-ahead items, they showcase the contemporary flavors everyone loves to eat today, such as Rosemary Sage Pork Tenderloin with Fried Capers; Curried Chickenand Mango Cocktail Tartlets; and Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Butter and Lime.
An introductory reference section provides helpful strategies for planning, decorating, and organizing an outdoor meal anywhere. And to round out each menu, there are quick, colorful beverage recipes, wine recommendations, and delightful outdoor dessert ideas, like a do-it-yourself Ice Cream Sundae Bar. Whether you re-create an entire party or mix and match recipes, you'll find everything you need to entertain outdoors with confidence and style.
George Doleseis a California-based author and stylist specializing in food and home-life photography. Working together with associate food stylist Elisabet der Nederlanden, he has contributed to numerous American and international cookbooks, magazines, and advertising campaigns. Dolese received an IACP writing award for his work on Williams-Sonoma Entertaining.