“Any time Julia Reed publishes a new book is a good excuse for a party. And now, with Julia Reed's South, she even gives readers the blueprint for how to do it. What a gift to us all! This book is filled with wonderful ideas for entertaining, fabulous recipes, gorgeous photographs, a host of characters, and, of course, killer cocktails. No one gets the South like Julia, and no matter where you live you'll find inspiration in these pages to make your next gathering unforgettable.”
— Cody Morrison (M), Square Books, Oxford, MS
No one embodies the rollicking spirit of great Southern party giving more than Julia Reed, the consummate hostess and go-to food and lifestyle expert. Thrown everywhere from lush gardens and gracious interior spaces to a Mississippi River sandbar, Julia Reed's parties capture the celebratory nature of entertaining in her native South. Here, her informative and down-to-earth guide to throwing an unforgettable party includes secrets she has collected over a lifetime of entertaining. For this book, she offers up a feast of options for holiday cocktails, spring lunches, formal dinners, and even a hunt breakfast. Eleven seasonal events feature delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes, ranging from fried chicken to Charlotte Russe and signature cocktails or wine-pairings--she introduces her talented friends (rum makers, potters, fabric designers, bakers) along the way. Each occasion includes gorgeous photographs showing her original approach to everything--from invitations and setting a table to arranging flowers and creating the mood. Reed also provides practical considerations and sources. This irresistible book is the ultimate primer for every party-giver.
About the Author
Journalist and author Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun and Elle Decor. She writes a column for Southern Living, contributes to the Wall Street Journal, and is the author of five books including But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria and One Man's Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood. Paul Costello is a lifestyle photographer. His work has appeared in many publications and books including One Man's Folly and Miles Redd's The Big Book of Chic.