Author(s): Michael K. Devine
Michael Devine shares the joys of outdoor dining in his exquisite garden, inspired by the French Jardin de Cure. Located in picturesque Kinderhook, New York, this small backyard garden has raised sprightly vegetable and herb beds and luscious fruit trees, which are the source for many of the fresh ingredients for his mouth-watering menus. An array of sensuous blooms for the table is ready for the picking. Featured are twelve get-togethers throughout the seasons - from breakfast and lunch to cocktails and dinner. Included are easy-to-prepare recipes, as well as lots of ideas for creating festive tablescapes and decor that befit each occasion, from an iridescent butterfly-themed summer luncheon to a Christmas Eve feast in his cosy garden folly lit with candelabras. Each garden event is chic and infused with whimsical effects.
"From the moment you open "An Invitation to the Garden", you feel as though you are Devine's personal guest as you stroll through the lush green landscape and join him at his garden table so elegantly and festively set with creative yet simple menus and ideas to last the year...With 12 sensational menus, over 50 recipes, and peppered with helpful tips and gardening advice, "An Invitation to the Garden" will inspire you to host your own festive outdoor celebration no matter how large or lush your own garden and budget are." -"The Entertaining House""An entertaining guide with both inspirational and practical information, Michael shares menu, floral and presentation tips that can be adapted to any space. Whether you have an ample country garden or grow herbs on an apartment windowsill, you'll be chomping at the bit to plan your next dinner party with all the creative ideas inside. But it isn't just summer pleasures celebrated in the book. Michael shares ideas for all four seasons." -"Quintessence" "Once this book arrived I was pleasantly surprised to see that in addiction to an abundance of inspirational ideas for outdoor entertaining and beautiful photography, I was also getting a very creative cookbook as well. With fifty mouthwatering recipes included, I know I'll be turning to this chic book for entertaining tips this spring." -"Zhush" "Browsing through the lush and colorful pages has me in the mood for outdoor entertaining as soon as the weather allows...Michael takes us through all of the seasons of the year in his own beautifully landscaped garden, with ideas from casual to party to elegant formal entertaining! This book will absolutely delight you!" -"The Arts by Karena" "Trust us: You want to be invited to a backyard bash at textile designer and style guru Michael Devine's Hudson Valley, N.Y., cottage. He's known for both cooking up fresh-from-the-plot dishes and setting a hip table. He shows off his mad entertaining skills in
Michael Devine has an internationally recognized line of hand-printed fabrics. His textiles and gardens have appeared in numerous print and online magazines, including "House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Traditional Home," and the "Peak of Chic." He is a weekly columnist for Lonny magazine. A celebrated prolific designer and author, Charlotte Moss most recently wrote the successful "Charlotte Moss Decorates "and" A Visual Life." John Gruen is a lifestyle photographer.