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Posted August 10, 2009
Good reading and inspirational for all hostesses and cooks of Southern cuisine.
I discovered this book through a friend while visiting Savannah. It was fun to read and inspiring for anyone who would like to be a good hostess and cook. We tried some of the receipes while staying on Tybee Island and found them to be easy and delicious. It has a wonderful collection of Savannah favorites and seasonal favorites as well. It also celebrates Savannah and its special culture in a wonderful way. I really enjoyed this book and will love giving it to friends and family, especially my friends who enjoy hosting parties.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2006
If you want a taste of TRUE Savannah, this is the book to give as a gift or to enjoy for yourself. Ms. Mason, the Food Network needs you -- not someone like you (because there is NO ONE like you)-- they need YOU! I am thrilled to own your book and I am giving several for holiday gifts to my friends who appreciate the art of entertaining and delicious food. Thank you for writing this book! It is so much more than a cookbook and it allowed me remember a time years ago, when I lived in Savannah and couldn't wait to attend any party that you catered.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2009
Savannah's ace caterer Susan Mason offers a volume that tempts the eye and the palate. Photos of her dishes and arrangements are both mouth-watering and luscious while her recipes are concise, clear and easy to follow. Mason has said, 'Delicious and gorgeous are the two words I hope people use to describe every party I cater.' Those two words also describe her book. Her series of anecdotes - well, that would quite fill another volume. She speaks with affection and warmth of the town of Dothan, Alabama, where she grew up, describing it as where there was a sign at the country club reading 'No Pea Shelling By The Pool.' A needed warning as the women spent much of their time shelling every kind of pea that grew there. Once she was invited to be a guest at a luncheon for Paul Newman, even though she was doing all the food. The minute she took her seat, she took one look at that face, those blue eyes and announced to the room that her favorite movie of his was 'Picnic.' He smiled and replied, 'Susan, your food is wonderful, but your memory is not. I wasn't in 'Picnic,' that was William Holden.' Well, who wouldn't be flustered seated across from Paul Newman? Mason has a wonderful sense of humor, most often when the joke is on her. However, she's is all business in the kitchen, catering for weddings, special events, and providing sustenance for movie casts and crews when filming is done in Savannah. Among her celebrity clients are Tom Hanks, Wynton Marsalis, Ben Affleck, Oscar de la Renta, and many more A List celebs. Some of her recipes may be down home cooking but she delivers all with an uptown presentation. Famed for her Chicken Pot Pie, (her sister's recipe), this is a cold weather favorite rich with chicken, mushrooms, pearl onions, and sliced carrots all topped with a flaky crust that quickly surrenders to the touch of a fork. Yellow Squash and Mozzarella Quiche with Fresh thyme is to die for, while her Red Velvet Cake makes any occasion an extra special one. 'Susan Mason's Silver Service' holds more than 80 flavorful recipes and over 100 stunning photos. Enjoy! - Gail CookeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.