B Smith: Rituals and Celebrations

B Smith: Rituals and Celebrations

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by Barbara Smith
     
 


Television lifestyle expert B. Smith shares her passion and ideas for entertaining, cooking, and crafts in this fabulous twelve-month celebration of holidays and rituals. As a restaurateur, TV host, columnist, and former model, B. Smith lets us in on the tricks of entertaining with flair and personal style.

The first in a series, Rituals & CelebrationsSee more details below

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Television lifestyle expert B. Smith shares her passion and ideas for entertaining, cooking, and crafts in this fabulous twelve-month celebration of holidays and rituals. As a restaurateur, TV host, columnist, and former model, B. Smith lets us in on the tricks of entertaining with flair and personal style.

The first in a series, Rituals & Celebrations is organized by calendar month, each including two or three celebrations and containing a history of the ritual, full-course recipes, party ideas, and step-by-step craft instructions. In addition to such basic celebrations as a wine tasting at home,a Labor Day picnic on the beach, and a New Year's Eve pajama party for kids, Rituals & Celebrations also incorporates such African American traditions as a Juneteenth celebration and a bid whist card party. The book also includes some wonderful variations on traditional holidays, such as a hot pink Valentine's Day, a Thanksgiving featuring Jerked Roast Turkey, and Christmas Eve spent dipping into fondue.

Shrimp Dumplings with Ginger Soy Sauce, Candied Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Stuffing, and Triple Chocolate Torte are just a few of the other mouthwatering recipes included. Craft ideas include putting together the perfect houseguest thank-you basket and creating beautiful personalized hand-painted glassware.

B. Smith brings these celebrations into your home and helps you make them your own. Filled with beautiful full-color photographs, B. Smith: Rituals & Celebrations completes any home and makes a great gift all year long.










B. Smith gives us twelve months of menus, recipes,crafts, and party ideas that help us celebrate with style


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Editorial Reviews

NY Times Magazine
B. Smith's goal is to get you looking good and having fun.
Wall Street Journal
Ms. Smith has surfaced as one of the most formidable rivals of Martha Stewart.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"You don't need vast resources to be creative," Smith believes. "You just need to be resourceful." True enough, but most admirers of this restaurateur and television personality will have to enlist a few helpers in order to emulate her dynamic style: Smith is passionate about entertaining. She insists that hostesses must be well-organized, for there's a lot of work involved in her seasonal meals, party plans and craft projects. More than 100 chic and highly seasoned recipes are presented in the context of monthly, celebratory menus--from Heart-Shaped Swordfish Papillotes with Mango Salsa for a Valentine's Day Dinner for Two to Orzo Paella at a Labor Day Weekend Dinner Party. Classics are given clever twists: Warm Apple Spring Rolls with Rum Cider Syrup can be served for Chinese New Year and Jerked Roast Turkey for Thanksgiving. Many African-American traditions are incorporated into the food and party themes as well--Smith recommends serving Black-eyed Pea Salad for Juneteenth. Craft projects such as painting glassware sound like fun, and her decorations can be as lighthearted as setting real goldfish swimming in small bowls at each place setting. Smith describes herself as having "creative vision and playful style," and she exhibits both in this first of a planned four-book series. 16-city author tour. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In this book, Smith, former model and now owner of three restaurants (in New York City, Sag Harbor, NY, and Washington, DC), offers "menus and ideas for festive events throughout the year, from `A New Year's Day Buffet' to `A Christmas Eve Fondue.'" (LJ 9/15/99) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375502361
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/19/1999
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.37(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.88(d)

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SWEET APPLE CHUTNEY

YIELDS ABOUT 1 CUP

3 medium Granny Smith green apples, peeled, cored, halved,
and sliced thinly (about 4 cups)
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
(or more to taste)
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vinegar

In a nonreactive 2-quart saucepan, combine all the ingredients. Simmer uncovered over very low heat, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 35 minutes. (If the apples get too dry, add a splash of water.) Remove from the heat; let cool. Chill until ready to serve. The chutney will keep in the refrigerator up to 1 month.

What People are saying about this

Bobby Flay
B. Smith's unique sense of style jumps off every page of this wonderful new book. Rituals & Celebrations is full of original ideas on food and entertaining that will undoubtedly make your next celebration a memorable event.
— (Bobby Flay, chef/owner of Mesa Grill and Bolo, television host of Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay, and author of Boy Meets Grill)
Sylvia Woods
Rituals & Celebrations incorporates B. Smith's grace and charm and is a must-have encyclopedia of fine dining and entertaining for all occasions.
— (Sylvia Woods, owner, Sylvia's Restaurant)

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