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Potluck at Midnight Farm : Celebrating Food, Family, and Friends on Martha's Vineyard
Published: April 23, 2002
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Everyone loves potluck parties. Recognizing this, Tamara Weiss offers Potluck at Midnight Farm, a collection of 130 potluck recipes contributed by her friends and neighbors in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The island is home not only to
Midnight Farm, the gift shop Weiss owns with Carly Simon, but also to cooks whose recipes strike just the right relaxed yet sophisticated note. Their dishes, from Lighthouse Lasagna and Grilled Striped Bass with Wasabi and Ginger to Roasted Pecan Coffee
Cake and Diane Sawyer's Cherry Pie, are easy-to-do crowd pleasers. Cooks interested in recipes for a wide range of informal gatherings--from backyard dinners to bring-your-own picnics--will find the book a valuable culinary resource.
"I am an
organizer," says Weiss, and to prove it she offers useful tips for successful potluck events. (Pick a main course to give to food-bringing guests; direction is an obvious but often overlooked example.) The recipes are arranged by season and include menus
like the one featuring Coriander Chicken, Beetroot Salad, Grilled Striped Bass with Papaya-Lime Sauce, and Fresh Fruit Tart, among other dishes. Other menus are equally appealing. With 190 color photos of the gatherings in various island locales, tips,
and a foreword by Carly Simon, the book is a can't-miss guide to informal entertaining. --Arthur Boehm
Potlucks are the friendliest of gatherings. As guests take part in the festivities, sharing their contributions-a dish
of pasta, a bottle of wine, a bunch of wildflowers-they share a bit of themselves. Author Tamara Weiss knows this well. A self-described "organizer, assembler, and table setter," she has all the qualities of the consummate host, as well as years of
experience attending and planning potlucks. In Potluck at Midnight Farm, Tamara has captured a year of potlucks on Martha's Vineyard, from brunches in a backyard garden to grill fests at twilight beside the sea. Each season brings together new faces, old
friends, beautiful settings, and great food.
Collected here are more than a hundred recipes from Tamara and her guests, plus gorgeous photographs of the parties, so you too can share in the celebrations and garner ideas to create your own inspired
gatherings. These dishes, at once lovely and hearty, are offered by people from all walks of life, from the island teacher to the world-famous celebrity. Each recipe is personalized with a brief anecdote of how the dish came about or why it has become
such a party staple. All are wonderfully delicious. There are foods for every season and occasion: Mary Steenburgen's Corn Spoon Pudding, Daphne's Fried Chicken (which Bill Styron has served to Bill Clinton), and Grilled Corn Guacamole. Plus superb
salads, like Tamara's Summer Salad, with greens, sugar snap peas, mangoes, and sunflower seeds, and desserts to rave about: Lambert's Cove Lemon Tea Cake, Judy Belushi Pisano's Georgia Peaches with Raspberry Sauce, and the ultimate Butterscotch
Potluck at Midnight Farm celebrates with charm and class the perfect companionship of food and entertaining, and welcomes readers just as if they were guests. And Tamara gives you all the advice and inspiration you need to send you
running to organize your own spectacular potlucks.
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