Ideas from the Earth for Growing,
Cooking and Entertaining
Chappellet's A Vineyard Garden is a magnificent
look at life on the vineyard sprinkled with recipes
for entertaining, gardening, child rearing and cooking.
is too rich to quickly brush through requiring leisure,
getting cozy and curling up in your favorite armchair.
It is like daydreaming of beauty and sunshine, an
" invitation to the art of living well and simply."
And how does she suggest one go about it? Oh, ever
so simply, by decorating the house with what nature
has to offer, which could mean underwater sculptures
of turnips, lining up pumpkins on the kitchen counter,
decorating the front door with artichoke blossoms
or Casablanca lilies and onions, placing magnolia
blossoms in the bathtub or pool, creating your potpourri
250-full-color photographs explore the palette of
Chappellet's Vineyard garden and there are recipes
for goodies such as wild blackberry sandwiches or
Donn's version of Dinah Shore's biscuits, pumpkin
soufflés', artichoke salad and purple turnip
soup. Molly has entertained such luminaries as James
Beard, Roger Vargé and Dinah Shore, but after
browsing through this book it becomes clear that you
do not need an occasion to create a visual feast.
Do it for yourself, for your family and close friends,
and to paraphrase Emerson (who's quoted in the book)
the world will laugh in flowers.
Also by Chappellet: Gardens
of the Wine Country