One of the many Friends at the Table recipes I can’t wait to try:
Fresh Fruit Tartlets with Pistachio Coconut Crust and Blackberry Drizzle
A few weeks ago I got an advance copy of best-selling author and cooking instructor Debi Shawcross’ newest cookbook, Friends at the Table. My schedule has been so hectic recently that I haven’t had much time to do any extra-curricular reading, so it sat on the kitchen table for quite a while before I even opened it. Finally, one night when I had a minute to take a breather, I flipped it open, thinking I would spend a few minutes skimming through it.
Ha! I quickly realized that I wanted to do a lot more than skim, so I turned back to page 1 and began reading. A couple of hours passed before I closed the book. Of all of the cookbooks I own, I can honestly say that I’ve never read any of them from front to back in one sitting, but I can say that about this one.
There is so much I love about this book that I know my words can’t do it justice. From the concept to the layout to the beautiful photography, it is just one of the most well-done cookbooks I’ve seen.
Friends at the Table has taken the concept of 1930′s and 40′s supper clubs and transformed them into modern day home gatherings. We now live in such a fast paced world that we don’t often make time for intimate dinners with friends, but this book will prompt you to change that. With easy to follow instructions, including grocery shopping lists and time tables for prepping ingredients, Debi shows us that it doesn’t have to be stressful to plan a party in your home!
I’m thrilled to own a copy and I really want you guys to have one too!
For those of us here in Nashville, we can meet Debi live and in person at the Viking Culinary Center in Franklin in just a few days.
Would you like to try her crispy wontons with smoked salmon and wasabi cream, slow roasted hoisin glazed pork roast, and ginger shortcakes with poached fruit and vanilla ice cream? I know I would, so join me why don’t you?
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Viking Culinary Center
The Factory at Franklin
230 Franklin Road, Building 13
Franklin, TN 37064
$30 includes a delicious tasting portion of the menu and a glass of wine, as well as 10% off Friends at the Table
Call 615-599-9617 or visit www.vikingcookingschool.com to register
And then there is one last thing….Debi has given me an extra copy of the cookbook to share with one of my readers! The only thing you MUST do to enter is answer this question in the comments section: What is your favorite dish to serve at a dinner party?
Want to increase your odds of winning? You’ll get an extra entry for each of the below, but you must come back here and leave a separate comment telling me you did so!
1. Follow me (@betheats) on Twitter and tweet the following: Enter to win @DebiShawcross’ newest cookbook, Friends at the Table, from @betheats! http://bit.ly/dTOyaM
2. “Like” Eat. Drink. Smile. on Facebook (if you’re already a fan just leave a note saying so)
Contest ends Tuesday, April 5th at NOON Central time, so be sure to enter before then, and use a valid email address for entry. If I can’t get in touch with the winner within 48 hours, I will be forced to choose another. Good luck!
Note: This giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States ONLY.