Friends for dinner

Alice Hart, author of Alice’s Cookbook, is back with her second title, Friends at my Table, a deliciously enticing tome of treats perfect for the cook who wants to feed a crowd with simple, stylish, innovative treats.

Trained at Leith’s, Alice often nods to classic dishes in the book, but gives them her modern, delicate touch while keeping taste as a priority.

The book is a great guide for entertaining – be it at a music festival or just in your garden. The menus are broken up by months and packed with recipes to get you through the doom, gloom and bloomin freezing months – honey roast beetroot and carrot salad and golden cauliflower with a sesame dressing for February as part of a mezze evening or celebrate some summer sun with a picnic potato salad and blueberry, almond and vanilla choux buns in August.

Her parties are also designed with the busy chef in mind – with more than a nod given to budget, time and space. Friends at my Table is a brilliant cookbook for the home cook who loves preparing a gorgeous spread for friends and family.

Click here to read Alice’s recipe for squash and manouri salad

Friends at my Table by Alice Hart, published by Quadrille, RRP £18.99