A Table for Friends – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK giveaway to win a copy of A Table for Friends: The Art of Cooking for Two or Twenty by Skye McAlpine.

Skye is the author of A Table in Venice: Recipes from My Home one of the books that resides on my kitchen bookshelf. This high-rent space is limited and reserved for only the best. I need quick access to the recipes I have made and enjoyed and don’t wish to dig through my stacks in my office and elsewhere. You can read more about this title in my promotion post from 2018.

When an author writes a book that I fall in love with, I am excited and hesitant about any titles that follow. Will it be as lovely? Will I be disappointed? These questions are especially worrisome when I have met the author and her husband and think that they are just great people. I can truthfully state that A Table for Friends is just as brilliant, if not more so, than its predecessor.

This new cookbook is organized as follows: stars (entrees as well as recipes that can be paired with a salad for a meal), sides, sweets, and extras (bread, cocktails, and condiments) along with chapters on how to cook by season; how to cook by numbers, and how to cook by timings (time needed for each course and tips for a last-minute get together or a planned party). The how to cook by season chapter outlines dishes for particular activities along with the page number for the recipes and the cook by numbers section provides instructions for the cook on how much of each recipe is needed for any number of guests from two to twenty. A Table for Friends is your essential guide to cooking for friends and family no matter how many those numbers may tally and which occasion you may be celebrating.

Skye combines her cultural melting pot of cuisines that reflects her husband’s Australian background, her British and Italian living experiences in foolproof and failsafe recipes. Tips on how to plan a menu and setting the scene are included. This talented woman has inspired a line of products at Anthropologie (my poor credit card).

This book is stunning with photographs taken by the author herself. The dishes are simple but elegant. The brilliance here is that Skye provides us with recipes and detailed instructions that will make our family and friends feel loved and cared for without causing the host undue stress and anxiety.

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A Table for Friends is in the category of cookbooks that brings the reader comfort and inspires them to nourish ourselves and others with platters of delicious offerings without being stuffy or stressful. These dishes are blessings to both the cook and her guests. This book is squeezing in beside A Table in Venice on the kitchen bookshelf.

Please join Skye (virtually) for @goodhousekeepinguk’s Big Summer Book Day: this Sunday (26th July) at 11.30 am (GMT) She’ll be baking a Flourless Chocolate Chestnut and Rosemary Cake from her kitchen in Venice and chatting about some of the cookbooks that she is loving most right now – a mix of old favorites and new finds. The event is free and you can register through the @goodhousekeepinguk website.

Special thanks to Bloomsbury for providing three copies of A Table for Friends (US) and one copy (UK) in our giveaway. Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • rchesser  on  July 21, 2020

    Ossobuco with sage & lemon!

  • mcrimmins  on  July 21, 2020

    Tuscan Panzanella

  • LynnSiprelle  on  July 21, 2020

    Oh gosh, I’d make mozzarella with celery, olives and pine nuts. Yum!

  • ToPieFor  on  July 21, 2020

    Great post! I’d make Pork Wellington with Apple and Sage.

  • lauriesk  on  July 21, 2020

    Chilled almond soup

  • kmn4  on  July 21, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • ravensfan  on  July 21, 2020

    Tuscan panzanella

  • KevinSeattle  on  July 21, 2020

    I am preserving some lemons right now, so “Burrata with preserved lemons, mint & chilli” caught my eye.

  • lean1  on  July 21, 2020

    Tuscan panzanella is my choice

  • miggsy  on  July 21, 2020

    Chilled almond soup

  • DarcyVaughn  on  July 21, 2020

    Ricotta and mint-stuffed zucchini flowers (Fiori di zucca ripieni con ricotta e menta)

  • LeMinou  on  July 21, 2020

    Tuscan Panzanella

  • jr0717  on  July 21, 2020

    The salted honey ice cream – especially in sweltering times, it sounds divine!

  • matag  on  July 21, 2020

    Pork Wellington With Apples and Sage

  • Shelley.b  on  July 21, 2020

    A really good green salad

  • MarciK  on  July 21, 2020

    Fennel & Parmesan purée

  • riley  on  July 22, 2020

    Tagliatelli with gorgonzola, pear and walnut

  • JRumi  on  July 22, 2020

    Beetroot and mint salad

  • hbakke  on  July 22, 2020

    Pistachio, mascarpone & salted caramel cheesecake

  • chefthomas  on  July 22, 2020

    Gazpacho

  • Pamyoungvb  on  July 22, 2020

    It’s a toss up. Either Creamy baked leeks with mustard and parmesan or Roasted fennel focaccia.

  • dbranigan27  on  July 22, 2020

    I would try the Butter-&-sage roast pumpkin.

  • jenlhawes  on  July 22, 2020

    Tuscan panzanella

  • jmay42066  on  July 22, 2020

    Pistachio, mascarpone & salted caramel cheesecake

  • gilmonster  on  July 22, 2020

    butter and sage roast pumpkin

  • roxlet  on  July 22, 2020

    Pistachio, mascarpone and salted caramel cheesecake

  • foodie16  on  July 23, 2020

    Beetroot & Mint Salad

  • CheekySpouse  on  July 23, 2020

    Pistachio butter cake with marzipan icing

  • dbielick  on  July 23, 2020

    Apple & walnut crumble pie

  • Mtetpon  on  July 23, 2020

    Almond Soup

  • sarahawker  on  July 23, 2020

    Rigatoni with mascarpone & pancetta

  • GiselleMarie  on  July 23, 2020

    Gazpacho! Where I live it’s been scorching hot for the past two weeks. What could be a more refreshing evening meal? This recipe is different because it calls for apples, something I’d like to try.

  • luccio  on  July 23, 2020

    Svergognata – just because of the name!

  • hisforhome  on  July 23, 2020

    Rum, raisin & walnut ice cream

  • Siegal  on  July 23, 2020

    Pistachio butter cake

  • Shelmar  on  July 24, 2020

    Carrot & Cinnamon soup

  • MOSteen  on  July 24, 2020

    Carrot and cinnamon soup

  • fmd518  on  July 24, 2020

    Tuscan panzanella

  • lablass  on  July 25, 2020

    Tuscan spring vegetable soup

  • LaurenE  on  July 25, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • maci234  on  July 25, 2020

    Tuscan Panzanella

  • bryanmurphy  on  July 25, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • bopper  on  July 25, 2020

    Gazpacho

  • Jenamarie  on  July 25, 2020

    Chilled almond soup

  • VJJardine  on  July 25, 2020

    Frozen berries with saffron white chocolate sauce

  • LaurieBakke  on  July 25, 2020

    A Really Good Tomato Salad

  • roxlet  on  July 25, 2020

    Tuscan panzanella

  • MissKoo  on  July 25, 2020

    Tagliatelle with Gorgonzola, pears, and walnuts

  • t.t  on  July 25, 2020

    Sicilian couscous salad

  • LouiseD  on  July 26, 2020

    Torta di maccheroni

  • nps88  on  July 26, 2020

    Tuscan panzanella

  • virjeania  on  July 26, 2020

    Tuscan panzanella

  • debbiehb  on  July 26, 2020

    Rigatoni with mascarpone & pancetta

  • mpdeb98  on  July 26, 2020

    Carrot & cinnamon soup

  • Cacciatore  on  July 26, 2020

    The Summer berry cloud cake sounds delightful!

  • hdh74  on  July 26, 2020

    Tuscan Panzanella

  • Dhasenkampf  on  July 26, 2020

    Salted caramel pannacotta

  • JessHeilman  on  July 27, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • Natlovesgib  on  July 27, 2020

    Confit duck pie

  • RuthHarwood  on  July 28, 2020

    Tuscan Panzanella

  • Cathyschuh  on  July 28, 2020

    Pork Wellington with Apple and Sage

  • sarahmoorse  on  July 28, 2020

    Rigatoni with mascarpone & pancetta

  • HomespunHouse  on  July 29, 2020

    Summer Berry Cloud Cake

  • thewoobdog  on  July 29, 2020

    I have an positively enormous crop of carrots right now, so I’d have to try the Carrot, Cumin, and Mint Salad straightaway!

  • chefthomas  on  July 30, 2020

    Tuscan panzanella

  • vhfvhf  on  July 31, 2020

    Mozzarella with celery, olives & pine nuts

  • Blackeyedsusans  on  July 31, 2020

    Sicilian couscous salad

  • Sfgordon  on  August 1, 2020

    Buttery carrots with chestnut honey

  • wildchild  on  August 1, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • maisietoo  on  August 1, 2020

    Mozzarella with celery, olives & pine nuts – seems easy.

  • Breeze81  on  August 1, 2020

    I’d make mozzarella with celery, olives and pine nuts.

  • kmetcalfe727  on  August 2, 2020

    Carpaccio of figs with lardo, honey & rosemary sounds amazing!

  • JLZ9697  on  August 2, 2020

    Pommes Dauphinoise

  • Fiona_66  on  August 4, 2020

    Sausages with grapes

  • Ajh55  on  August 5, 2020

    Carpaccio of figs with lardo, honey & rosemary

  • Sand9  on  August 5, 2020

    Ambrosial apricots

  • ceejayen  on  August 5, 2020

    Whole poached cold salmon

  • infotrop  on  August 5, 2020

    Roast stuffed tomatoes

  • Timanda  on  August 6, 2020

    The summer berry cloud cake sounds amazing

  • nvernon  on  August 6, 2020

    Torta di maccheroni

  • dbf123  on  August 6, 2020

    A really good chicory salad with creamy mustard dressing

  • zeenie  on  August 8, 2020

    Chilled almond soup

  • curafresh  on  August 8, 2020

    Fennel & Parmesan Puree

  • northwestwoman2020  on  August 8, 2020

    Tuscan Panzanella

  • PennyG  on  August 9, 2020

    Allegra’s pot-roast beef

  • LEKcookbooks  on  August 9, 2020

    Strawberries in lemony syrup

  • jtcook  on  August 11, 2020

    I love a great roast chicken, and the Buttery Lemon Roast Chicken sounds perfect!

  • bookmark77  on  August 13, 2020

    Gazpacho

  • bookmark58  on  August 13, 2020

    Tuscan Panzanella

  • moralla  on  August 13, 2020

    Creamy baked leeks with mustard & Parmesan

  • ExploringTheTurkishKitchen  on  August 15, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce looks amazing!

  • gladysbaker  on  August 18, 2020

    I’ve done a Thanksgiving dinner for 12

  • hillsboroks  on  August 18, 2020

    Lavender honey panna cotta

  • maggz19671  on  August 18, 2020

    Chilled almond soup

  • omgjakem  on  August 18, 2020

    Sicilian couscous salad

  • beckwalks  on  August 19, 2020

    tuscan panzanella

  • Saddlerscott  on  August 20, 2020

    tuscan panzanella

  • agreaves19  on  August 20, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • Dendav  on  August 20, 2020

    Almond soup

  • Ishtar  on  August 21, 2020

    Lavender honey pannacotta

  • emi10383  on  August 21, 2020

    Beetroot and mint salad

  • lhparr  on  August 22, 2020

    Sicilian Couscous salad

  • silversand  on  August 22, 2020

    An embarrassment of spring vegetables

  • Jpatterson  on  August 22, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • lilmiztam22  on  August 22, 2020

    Apple and walnut crumble pie

  • Lafauvette  on  August 24, 2020

    Sicilian couscous salad

  • moilechef  on  August 26, 2020

    I would make everything in this book. It matches my taste and pantry perfectly. Starting with the first recipe in the index, Burrata with preserved lemons, mint & chilli, and on and on. Literally I would make everything. Including Pistachio panettone cake. I just bought Panettone papers, so I can’t wait!

  • dvajefink  on  August 27, 2020

    ossobuco-with-sage–lemon

  • Kls107  on  August 27, 2020

    Summer berry cloud cake

  • Mattsonslm  on  August 27, 2020

    Carrot and cinnamon soup

  • Natlovesgib  on  August 28, 2020

    Roast pork with honey-roast persimmons

  • salskitchen  on  August 29, 2020

    Courgette blossoms with Taleggio

  • BMeyer  on  August 29, 2020

    ossobucco wth sage and lemon

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  August 29, 2020

    Sicilian couscous salad

  • RickPearson54  on  August 31, 2020

    chilled almond soup

  • beanz187  on  September 2, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • jezpurr  on  September 3, 2020

    Coffee & walnut cake!!!^_^

  • KZahnow  on  September 4, 2020

    spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • elsid22  on  September 5, 2020

    Tuscan panzanella

  • Ruthl56  on  September 5, 2020

    Chilled almond soup

  • EmilyR  on  September 6, 2020

    spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • dzm  on  September 7, 2020

    carrot and cinnamon soup

  • rmjohns2  on  September 8, 2020

    Tuscan panzanella

  • KitKatCat  on  September 10, 2020

    salted honey ice cream

  • caitlinquiz  on  September 11, 2020

    Chilled Almond soup sounds amazing

  • RSW  on  September 11, 2020

    Wintry saffron couscous

  • Linda04101  on  September 12, 2020

    Fried broccoli with black olives

  • Tutu81  on  September 13, 2020

    The salted honey ice cream

  • jrhymer  on  September 13, 2020

    The Summer Berry Cloud Cake sounds really delicious x

  • Isis1981uk  on  September 13, 2020

    Wintry saffron couscous

  • ickle0ne  on  September 13, 2020

    Sicilian couscous salad

  • size_27  on  September 14, 2020

    Tuscan panzanella

  • dobbin  on  September 14, 2020

    Summer Berry Cloud Cake

  • Emmamaryd  on  September 14, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • JHann  on  September 14, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • Chilledout  on  September 14, 2020

    Honey, fig & walnut semifreddo would be lovely in this beautiful late summer

  • Rainbowwitch  on  September 14, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • Dannausc  on  September 14, 2020

    Chilled almond soup

  • MonetManet  on  September 14, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce, it sounds beautiful.

  • susanhoggett  on  September 14, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • DimensionAEB  on  September 14, 2020

    I would like to try the Summer Berry Cloud Cake

  • Laura1  on  September 14, 2020

    Tuscan Panzanella

  • linmulholland  on  September 14, 2020

    Summer berry cloud cake

  • michelle666  on  September 14, 2020

    Chilled almond soup

  • sheridarby  on  September 14, 2020

    Tuscan panzanella

  • PatBarrett  on  September 14, 2020

    Fennel & Parmesan purée

  • pluckypuddin  on  September 15, 2020

    My Dad loves Pork Wellington but I’ve never tried making it before. Would certainly give the Pork Wellington with Apple and Sage a go.

  • Daisarella  on  September 15, 2020

    Almond soup

  • joshscuse  on  September 15, 2020

    Spaghetti with Creamy Lemon Sauce

  • teresaamueller  on  September 15, 2020

    The salted honey ice cream and I would maybe have some roast peaches with it!

  • portkey  on  September 15, 2020

    Pork Wellington with Apple and Sage

  • Ltrank  on  September 15, 2020

    I would try the sicilian-couscous-salad.

  • Laurajanes  on  September 15, 2020

    I’d love to try the spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce

  • janeteh  on  September 15, 2020

    Spaghetti with creamy lemon sauce, sounds delicious

  • andyszym  on  September 15, 2020

    Ossobuco with sage & lemon

  • fionajk42  on  September 15, 2020

    Pistachio, mascarpone & salted caramel cheesecake

  • sgreiff  on  September 17, 2020

    Gazpacho

  • Jesmondgirl  on  September 23, 2020

    I would try Aphrodite’s roast Chicken.

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