APPEAL: Lifestyle expert Joan Osofsky of Hammertown Barn, a popular home furnishings store, shares her (and her friends’) expertise about modern country living and insights on inviting friends and family over for casual get-togethers.
GO-TO SOURCE FOR LOVERS OF CASUAL ENTERTAINING: Featured are twelve year-round gatherings—from an intimate winter dinner in front of a fireplace to a festive garden cocktail party—in New England country homes (primarily located in the Hudson Valley) that are informal and bounteous. Each gathering is hosted by tastemakers, design insiders, and food world luminaries.
RESOURCE LIST OF HUDSON VALLEY FARMERS/GROWERS, VENDORS, AND RESTAURANTS: This region has now gone locavore—its cuisine is based on fresh, seasonal, and locally farmed ingredients. The Hudson Valley boasts scores of farms, wineries, craft breweries, and artisan food purveyors.
HAMMERTOWN BARN: is an independent, community-minded home-style store (with three locations: Pine Plains and Rhinebeck, New York, and Great Barrington, Massachusetts). Hammertown’s widely read blog postings cover a broad range of subjects on home decoration and cooking. The fan base is nationwide and it gets over 5,000 hits weekly. Hammertown Barn frequently hosts cooking demonstrations by such talents as Mario Batali and Erin French. The store has received press coverage in such publications as Country Living and Travel & Leisure.
“Entertaining in the Country is a perfect reflection of Joan Osofsky’s life and work, and revives all of my fondest memories of Hammertown Barn and the magnificent countryside of the Hudson Valley and beyond. This book captures the exact intersection between casual country living and sophisticated design. Joan’s effortless entertaining style, along with many of the local chefs, restauranteurs, and tastemakers she admires, will delight you, as will these delicious recipes, which keep the food simple—a mantra I’ve stuck to for years.”
—Mario Battali, chef, author, and philanthropist
“For anyone who loves to entertain, or even for someone who might be a bit hesitant, this is the perfect book. Filled with beautiful images and fabulous recipes, it shares tips from real people on entertaining simply, but with great style. After reading Entertaining in the Country, you will be sending out invitations immediately.”
—Bunny Williams, interior designer and author
“After great success with their first book Love Where You Live, authors Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams released this past Tuesday Entertaining in the Country: Love Where You Eat. Inside discover seasonal dinner parties offering the menus and the decor hosted by professional cooks as well as home cooks. Step inside a vintage Airstream parked in Freedom, Maine, and learn how Erin French, the James Beard–nominated chef/owner of The Lost Kitchen hosts a dinner party. If you are a long-time fan of Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge, you will enjoy her and her wife Julia Turshen’s neighborly gathering in upstate New York, as well as a handful of others. The ideas and inspiration are varied and sure to introduce you to what you already love as well as share many new ideas when it comes to sitting down with good company and delicious food.”
“…Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams curated a collection of seasonal parties hosted by their inspiring friends in their new book, Entertaining in the Country: Love Where You Eat ($45; rizzoliusa.com). From home cooks to food professionals, these hosts know how to keep their guests happy from an intimate houseguest breakfast to a large harvest party.”
“With recipes for simple yet fulfilling dishes and photos of pared down but stylish table settings, the book captures the joys of down-to-earth entertaining.”
An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.