A Table for Friends: The Art of Cooking for Two or Twenty (Hardcover)
"[A] collection of foolproof, elegant recipes [that] calls to mind Nigella Lawson at her best." -Vogue
Over 100 simple and wonderfully inviting recipes that allow you to relax with your loved ones while the cooking takes care of itself.
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 organized 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 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.
About the 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, Condé Nast Traveler and Corriere della Sera. Skye was shortlisted for the Jane Grigson Trust Award for new food writers in 2018.
“Its collection of foolproof, elegant recipes calls to mind Nigella Lawson at her best” - Vogue
“McAlpine's entertaining relies on celebratory, family-style dishes, the kind that are pretty unfussy to prepare (a roast chicken for dinner, frittata for brunch, a pile of spaghetti for lunch), but that can be dressed up with a gorgeous platter and some peak-season produce.” - Epicurious
“It’s a winner – a book I’ll turn to again and again...this kind of food brings you together” - Delicious Magazine
“This is a beautiful cookbook, full of joyous, life-enriching recipes. I love it” - Nigel Slater
“Full of the comforts of cooking and eating and the life-enhancing joys thereof, it turns out to be the perfect read for now” - Nigella Lawson
“This elegant and delicious collection is sure to be a crowd pleaser.” - Publishers Weekly
“Skye has once again given us another beautiful cook book, full of delicious recipes to share with family and friends - for me the best way to enjoy Italian food” - Ruth Rogers
“It is brimming not just with recipes but helpful advice” - Lisa Markell, The Sunday Times
“I defy anyone not to start planning their own dinner party after leafing through these pages. The recipes are effortlessly achievable… The suggested menus for different seasons and occasions are handy, too” - Daily Telegraph
“She is the food writer (and photographer) for the world to watch” - Spectator
“McAlpine shares her simple philosophy in ultimate, easy-breezy entertaining. . . . She just might be a Martha Stewart successor.” - Booklist
“I love Skye's no-rules attitude to cooking – her gentle guiding advice will be a helping hand for everyone who wants to enjoy sharing food with friends” - Melissa Hemsley