A Year of Picnics: Recipes for Dining Well in the Great Outdoors

Roost. Apr. 2017. 240p. photos. index. ISBN 9781611802153. $24.95. COOKING
English (A Year of Pies) offers menus for 20 seasonal picnics, including a bird-watching picnic, a movie night picnic, and an afternoon tea picnic. For each, she suggests a small assortment (three-four dishes) of portable snacks, appetizers, beverages, sweets, and more substantial savories. Recipes (e.g., chimichurri chicken, carrot and fennel quick pickle, grape juice spritz, pumpkin whoopie pies) range from traditional picnic and potluck favorites to intriguing international foods, and many can be prepared in advance. English also shares DIY instructions for picnic-practical crafts, such as a portable outdoor table made from a wooden crate.
VERDICT With plentiful advice on picnicking equipment, site selection, and activities, this title functions as a combination cookbook and outdoor event planning guide. Interested cooks should also check out Andrea Slonecker and Jen Stevenson's The Picnic.
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