In this beautifully photographed cookbook, renowned chef Georgeanne Brennan brings a refreshing feeling of seasonal simplicity to the art of entertaining year-round. She invites readers to consider any occasion to gather people to the table: honoring parents in the springtime, Chinese New Year in the winter, a Summer Solstice party, or Thanksgiving two ways (traditional and vegetarian). For each season Brennan offers four complete menus with a tantalizing array of starters, finger food, entrees, and desserts. The menu for her annual summer housewarming party (even though she's lived there more than 20 years) includes Heirloom Tomato Bloody Marys, Crispy Wonton Squares Topped with Spicy Ahi Tuna, Garlic-Grilled Shrimp, and Oven-Roasted Nectarines. She includes tested tips on cutting corners and saving time. Book Club Buffet, Summer Movie Night, and a Wedding to Remember are some of the other "gather" opportunities -- each with its custom menu -- in this inspiring book. Color photos; paper with flaps; 240 pages.
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