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5 Books to Help You Plan the Perfect Summer Picnic

Thinking about planning a summer picnic? If so, check out these books for delicious recipes and handy tips on planning the perfect picnic no matter how simple or fancy. Bon Appétit!


Chantal W. Says: Sara Deseran has contributed to such publications as Saveur.
Amazon Says: This is sunshine and lazy afternoons in book form, updated for the way we eat now. Picnics serves forth fresh, flavorful, and portable recipes for today's casual to elegant ou more...
Amazon Says: This is sunshine and lazy afternoons in book form, updated for the way we eat now. Picnics serves forth fresh, flavorful, and portable recipes for today's casual to elegant outdoor entertaining. Picnickers can choose from more than 45 recipes for savory salads, sumptuous sandwiches, mouth-watering main dishes, and decadent desserts -- and whip up outdoor menus in no time, guided by easy-to-follow instructions and 24 inviting color photographs. Imagine: Open with tasty tidbits such as Crusty Focaccia with Rosemary or Curried Deviled Eggs. Let the serious feasting begin with Spicy Turkey Burgers or Grilled Beef Skewers (paired here with black pepper -- lime dipping sauce). Top it all off with a piece de resistance dessert such as Brown Sugar Blondies with Pecans or Moist Chocolate-Walnut Cake. At the park, at the beach, in the woods, or in the backyard garden, the gang will be back for more whenever the fabulous fare in Picnics is on the menu. less...
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Chantal W. Says: Recipes and advice on planning, preparing and hosting outdoor meals.
Amazon Says: On a warm evening, there’s no greater pleasure than gathering around the backyard picnic table and enjoying a great meal with family and friends: pitchers of lemonade, a big more...
Amazon Says: On a warm evening, there’s no greater pleasure than gathering around the backyard picnic table and enjoying a great meal with family and friends: pitchers of lemonade, a big bowl of potato salad, a platter piled high with freshly grilled burgers. Now, dining alfresco gets even better, thanks to Country Living Cookouts. With ideas for appetizers, salads, entrées, drinks, desserts, and even condiments, it serves up 90 delicious recipes for everything from simple family dinners to celebratory neighborhood parties. The delectable choices range from well-loved classics to new favorites, including Sage Buttered Corn on the Cob, Chicago-Style Ale-Brined Frankfurters, Herb-Stuffed Grilled Trout, and Praline Ice Cream. Country Living writes the book on putting together a terrific outdoor meal.  less...
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Picnics by Hilary Heminway
Amazon Says: A picnic is classically defined as a meal eaten outdoors on an excursion. But why settle for that when you can experience a Sunset Romance Picnic, a Snowshoe Picnic, or even a more...
Amazon Says: A picnic is classically defined as a meal eaten outdoors on an excursion. But why settle for that when you can experience a Sunset Romance Picnic, a Snowshoe Picnic, or even a Dinner Picnic in Bed? Join authors Hilary Heminway and Alex Heminway as they share dozens of creative ways to take a meal outside, whether the sun is just coming up for the day or romantically dropping in the sky, in the heat of summer or during a winter's chill. All-season picnics include: Sunset romance, boat on a lake, snowshoeing in the woods, rodeo tailgate, riverside barbecue, horseback riding, dog pack, picnic for children, and rainy day. From the authors of Guest Rooms. less...
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Good Day for a Picnic by Jeremy Jackson
Amazon Says: Bored with traditional picnic fare? Coleslaw?Potato salad? Soggy sandwiches? In Good Day for a Picnic, Jeremy Jackson offers up a collection of new recipe ideas for the park more...
Amazon Says: Bored with traditional picnic fare? Coleslaw?Potato salad? Soggy sandwiches? In Good Day for a Picnic, Jeremy Jackson offers up a collection of new recipe ideas for the park and the patio, the backyard and the beach, and beyond.This is not a book of "classics" -- after all, who needs another fried-chicken recipe? It's a fresh, flavorful (and funny) look at picnics. The 120 recipes include everything from drinks and starters to sandwiches, entrées, and desserts. There's Ginger Iced Tea and Fig Pâté, Lamb Pita Meze and Noodles with Walnut and Blue Cheese Pesto, Sour Cherry Mini-Crumbles and Strawberry Cupcakes. The dishes are simple, wholesome, and quick to prepare, with lots of make-aheads and tips on food transport.In Good Day for a Picnic, Jeremy Jackson gives dining alfresco the attention it deserves. So whether you've found a sunny spot of grass or a cozy patch of carpet, it's time to spread out the food and dig in! less...
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Amazon Says: It's not just sandwiches and paper plates anymore! Sometimes it's not even outdoors. There's no excuse for a humdrum picnic when ideas abound for everything from the types of more...
Amazon Says: It's not just sandwiches and paper plates anymore! Sometimes it's not even outdoors. There's no excuse for a humdrum picnic when ideas abound for everything from the types of hampers to use, to the accessories and recipes for the menu (try Lasagna and Citrus-Almond Scones). Why not pitch a tent inside your house, then light a fire in the fireplace and roast hot dogs and marshmallows? Or, if you're in the mood for something more retro, set up a table and chairs on the lawn. Use real china, linen napkins, and silver candlesticks. Bring a teapot and a vase for the flowers. And, be sure to invite children to the playhouse for their own special meal. Whether you're dining al fresco in the woods, on the porch, in the snow, on the range, in a tree house, or on the roof, you'll find out what you need to make your outing truly special. less...
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