Title: Bridgehampton Weekends: Easy Menus for ...
Publisher: William Morrow, New York
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed and signed by the author on the front endpaper: "To L--'s parents / old good friends / Ellen Wright." An oversized coffee-table book, on glossy stock with photography by Tom Eckerle. Book is unmarked; spine slant; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $30.00); Brodart protected. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006093
Bridgehampton -- weather-beaten wooden barns, old and new homes, wide, sandy beaches -- and great food starring Eastern Long Island's famous produce, fresh, plucked-from-the-sea seafood, and local, farm-raised poultry.
A meal at Ellen Wright's home on Mitchell Lane is the epitome of Bridgehampton entertaining. Here's a hostess who knows how to enjoy her own parties. Her secret: an effortless combination of casual and chic. Bridgehampton Weekends features a year's worth of elegant menus that show Ellen's talent for transforming simple fare into extraordinary meals.
In the spring, when it's warm enough for lunch under the crab apple tree, serve a buttery asparagus quiche. After a day at the beach, transform summer's road-stand tomatoes into the ultimate gazpacho. Autumn is the time for sizzling potato pancakes with chunky applesauce, made at a farm just down the road. On the first nippy night of winter, spoon up a warming veal stew with button mushrooms. Ellen also shares a collection of irresistible desserts, quick side dishes, and refreshing salads, as well as ideas for one-of-a-kind table settings.
There are innovative suggestions and inspiring recipes to be learned from every one of her parties: extraordinary holiday meals, festive birthday and anniversary celebrations, relaxed weekend lunches and suppers, appealing dinners for the kids, huge bashes to feed a crowd, and quiet get-togethers with good friends, among other occasions for good times and good food.
Review: What is the secret to successful entertaining? "It's not just the food, not just the people, and not just the setting. It is how it all comes together," says Ellen Wright, author of Bridgehampton Weekends. After years of entertaining at her weekend home in Bridgehampton on Eastern Long Island, Wright, encouraged by her sated family and friends, has culled a series of favorite menus, arranging them by season and occasion. Casual yet chic meals focusing on good food and even better conversation make for a successful fête.
Be creative, use what is in season, and prepare what you yourself like to eat, she suggests, and your guests will clamor to be invited back. The key for the chef/host is to prepare as much as possible in advance and not be afraid of taking shortcuts (she uses store-bought mixes for the bases of her chile-infused Short-Circuit Corn Bread and gorgeous Golden Bundt Cake with Chocolate Leaves). Whether an intimate dinner party for six or a surprise birthday bash for 15, the host, too, should be able to relax and enjoy a glass of wine instead of sweating over the stove.
For a cozy, post-Halloween dinner, try Old Fashioned Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy followed by a Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake. On "The Coolest Dinner for the Hottest Day of the Year," enjoy a cup of gazpacho, followed by Chinese Chicken Salad and a wedge of Brown Sugar Peach Pie. Though some of the menus may look daunting at first, the recipes are straightforward and often include simple side dishes like Parsleyed Green Beans or Buttered Carrots. Accompanied by photos of beautiful Bridgehampton vistas and well-laid tables, each page includes helpful tips on food preparation and entertaining. --Dana Van Nest
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