May 4, 2013

"Hampton Weekends" by Ellen Wright

My rating: 4 of 5 spoons

Entertaining is made easy in this beautiful full-color cookbook from Ellen Wright. She shares great recipes along with insights to make entertaining as simple, elegant, and delightful as possible. Complete meals for every occasion are carefully planned to make it easy on the host/hostess.

Most people hear "The Hamptons" and think of the rich and privileged. It was so nice to dip into this book and find real recipes using common ingredients that anyone can enjoy and not a buch of pretentious recipes filled with hard to find ingredients. The recipes sound so incredibly scrumptious, too!

There are great tips with each recipe for everything from NOT using an electric mixer on her chocolate frosting to things you can make in advance to how to tweak the recipe for someone who is lactose intolerant. The recipes are mostly simple with a few more complicated recipes such as Beef Bourguignonne. There is a good index in the back, and a glossary of wineries on the East end of Long Island if you're interested in that sort of thing.

I thoroughly enjoyed this cookbook and would recommend it to anyone who likes to entertain. Menus based on the season throughout with lovely recipes. How can you go wrong?

I received a digital copy of this book from Smith Publicity through for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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