Having a spring wedding when asparagus is in season? Serve this great asparagus dish from the book Elegant Entertaining: Seasonal Recipes from the American Ambassador's Residence in Paris. Or just want to entertain like the rich and famous? Amazon describes this book this way:
"In the heart of Paris’s exclusive Faubourg St. Honoré neighborhood, the magnificent nineteenth-century residence of the American ambassador to France is the center of Franco-American relations and the site of elegant entertaining. Nearly every day of the year, master chef Philippe Excoffier prepares dazzling meals and parties for foreign dignitaries, French friends of America, and Americans in Paris. In this beautifully illustrated volume, Excoffier shares forty of his favorite recipes, including grilled veal with sage sauce and stuffed zucchini flowers, a new twist on French toast with roasted pineapple and rum raisin ice cream, and wild strawberries and cognac in dark chocolate baskets. Excoffier also reinvents American classics such as the Fourth of July picnic and Thanksgiving dinner. Specially commissioned photography sets the recipes against the backdrop of the residence’s splendid interiors. Partial proceeds of the book will be donated to FXB, a charity dedicated to fighting childhood poverty and AIDS."
The book was written by Dorothy W. Sayers, the wife of the former American Ambassador in Paris. and Phillippe Excoffier who was the master chef to the American Ambassador in Paris for over a decade. Francis Hammond's photos accent this book showing off the elegance of Excoffier's recipes with his world famous photography.
Not only put this book on your registry as the perfect gift for a shower or wedding but consider reading it ahead of time to get some great ideas for the menu for your wedding. Master chef, Philippe Excoffier will take you from elegant dining rooms to classic yet still elegant picnics. You just have to have a copy of this great book!