In her small but generous first cookbook, celebrated Seattle chef Renee Erickson—Boat Street Café, The Whale Wins, The Walrus and the Carpenter and Barnacle—shares a year's worth of party menus, including a wild foods dinner, a crab boil and a Normandy-inspired supper. Broken down by season, each chapter also features a handful of easy, everyday dishes like Watermelon Panzanella and Salmon with Sorrel Cream Sauce. Packed between the recipes, you'll find Erickson's tips for everything from cleaning mushrooms to buying wine to creating a cheese plate, plus a thorough and specific resource guide for stocking up on her chef-approved staples.

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