A Table for Friends: The Art of Cooking for Two or Twenty by Skye McAlpine

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  • A really good chicory salad with creamy mustard dressing

    • Lepa on January 10, 2021

      This salad dressing is a little bit different and very good if you like mustard (and I do)!

    • Lepa on January 31, 2021

      This has become our house salad dressing. My kids are obsessed with it and will eat any greens (even radicchio and dandelion) if I make this. Highly recommend!

  • Braised lentils with pancetta

    • Lepa on February 18, 2021

      These lentils are unique, with the strong fennel and pancetta flavor, and delicious. I was astonished when my kids at enormous portions and kept saying how great they were. A definite repeat!

  • Butter-&-sage roast pumpkin

    • Lepa on February 18, 2021

      This dish was a total fail but I don't think it was all the recipe's fault. The resulting squash was charred and had an awful dry texture. I bought pre-cut kabocha and didn't love how dried out the squash looked before cooking so that might be part of the problem. Also, the recipe instructs you to dot the squash with butter but I think coating it with some oil- and adding butter for flavor later- might be a better technique. Finally, the recipe says to cook it at 170F or Gas 5. I thought 170 seemed too low so I converted Gas 5 to 375, which sounded better but in the end I ended up with inedible pumpkin. The flavors sound good so I will probably re-try this dish.

  • Sicilian couscous salad

    • Lepa on February 20, 2021

      This was a nice, simple lunch. I used the recipe more as an idea and didn't use the exact amounts listed in the recipe because there were only two of us eating- but it turned out well.

  • Rigatoni with mascarpone & pancetta

    • Lepa on January 31, 2021

      We went on a hike today and came hope to a mostly bare pantry so I threw this together- and it was delicious. The sauce thickens a bit after sitting for a couple of minutes, so I'd give it a few minutes if you think the sauce is too watery at first. This is a great back pocket recipe that is quick, simple and very good.

  • Creamy baked leeks with mustard & Parmesan

    • ALawson25 on June 17, 2021

      This was totally delicious (though madly unhealthy). Served alongside the Aphrodite roast chicken, went very well together and this is a favourite now.

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  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    The dishes are simple but elegant. The brilliance is ...recipes and detailed instructions that make our family and friends feel loved and cared for without causing the host undue stress and anxiety.

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  • ISBN 10 1526615118
  • ISBN 13 9781526615114
  • Published Jul 09 2020
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

Publishers Text

'This is a beautiful cookbook, full of joyous, life-enriching recipes. I love it.' Nigel Slater

A Table for Friends celebrates the joy of eating with friends and family, with over 100 simple and wonderfully inviting recipes that allow you to relax with your loved ones whilst 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 organised 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.

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