“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction”
Over the past few years, I have taken note of the multi-purpose dining room in many of my books and magazines. Most often I have seen it used as a library with bookcases along the walls, which I think is genius! Take a look at one on my Pinterest board:
Our rather small dining room has two walls of windows and is open to the living room. That only leaves one wall with just enough room for the dining chairs to pull out…unfortunately, no room for bookcases!! After removing the tablescape from Monday’s party, I decided to repurpose the dining room for the next few days as a place to sit and read through some of my favorite cookbooks! I love cookbooks that not only share recipes, but tell a story. If my dining room could talk…oh the stories it could tell! Stories of the many friends and family members that have laughed and cried together, the love shared, and countless meals enjoyed within its space! So for the next few days, I will enjoy sitting at the table and thumbing through stories of food and fellowship! Just to walk through and to see well-loved books gracing the table is bliss! I could get lost in here…and maybe I will do just that!
The dining table is stacked with some of my favorite cookbooks!
I placed a heavy throw in a large paisley pattern over the table! With books and a cup of coffee, I was entertained all afternoon!
Very little decoration on the table except a candle (red currant scent), a plate of Granny Smith apples (from Tablescape Tuesday: Let’s Party!) and a terrarium with moss and a couple of male red birds. Butch plants rye grass every winter and it is so neat to watch the cardinals as they land on the bright green grass with their brilliant red plumage!
Chef Frank Stitt is our favorite! He is the owner and executive chef of Highlands Bar and Grill, Bottega Restaurant, and Chez Fon Fon in Birmingham. He is a multi James Beard nominee and was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” in 2011!
Click here to purchase this book: Frank Stitt’s Southern Table
I use Ina Garten’s recipes often-they always turn out!
Click here to purchase this book: Barefoot in Paris
This is an old book (published in 1986) and it is special because my friend, Kathy found it and gave it to me. She always finds unique gifts!
Click here to purchase this book: Entertaining in the French Style
No Southern woman would be without several, if not dozens, of Southern Living cookbooks!
The Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm is my newest cookbook. Butch bought it for me last week while we were visiting the farm! You can read more about our trip here: Back At The Farm. I love everything about this book! It is not just full of recipes and menus, but it highlights some of the “old ways” such as preserving or pickling the garden’s bounty, making cheese from fresh sheep’s milk, or curing meats! It is a feast visually and I will be trying out recipes very soon!
Click here to purchase this book: The Foothill Cuisine of Blackberry Farm
Marbled Potato Salad with Arugula Pesto!
Vegetables grown on the farm!
Peanut Butter Pie
So gracious of Sam Beall, the proprietor of Blackberry Farm and author of the cookbook, to autograph my copy!
A fun way to use your dining table when you aren’t going to be using it for meals for a few days!
The Collected Tabletop is a lovely entertaining guide and was given to me by my precious friend, Patti!
Click here to purchase this book: The Collected Tabletop
Every page has stunning photography!
Included inside the book were these creative book marks!!
Patti met the author and had her autograph my copy. Look at her beautiful handwriting…so rare today!
I recently bought this lovely book “Come to the Table” where celebration is presented as a living thankfulness of God’s goodness!
Click here to purchase this book: Come To The Table
Gigi’s Baked Carrots are presented in the perfect setting. It has been said, “that we eat with our eyes first”!
Thank you for reading!
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