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Arty Parties: An Entertaining Cookbook by Julia Sherman (Abrams Books)

November 12, 2021

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

Hello again! I am back today talking about ANOTHER fabulous cookbook. Perfect timing for the holidays. Being the “hostess-with-the mostess” is a hard gig unless you are Martha Stewart. Arty Parties: An Entertaining Cookbook by Julia Sherman takes this role to a whole new level, one that makes a lot of sense to me. Instead of focussing on the finished product in the kitchen, let’s enjoy the process and the company that comes along with it. Creative messes in the kitchen are my kind of messes. Let’s take a look.

“My mother, a visual artist who raised me in her studio, gave me a mantra: Getting dirty is part of the fun. It stuck with me. Indeed, entertaining requires more effort and more cleanup than eating out ever will. But this is the calculation, as I see it: You can spend fifty dollars on a restaurant meal that you will surely forget; or you can spend less to eat at home, where the food is both sustenance and entertainment.”

Arty Parties is more than just a cookbook filled with delectable recipes. It is a culinary journey that explores the artistic side of cooking, eating, and entertaining. Sherman’s book is drool-worthy between the recipes and the stunning photography. Avacado With Furikake, Squash Blossom & Egg, Parmesan Broth, and Boozy Cherries (Cocktails anyone?) are just a few mouth-watering temptations yours for the taking in her latest creation. Sherman shares ideas for Winter Taco Night (Slow Braised Leg of Lamb Tacos 😋), Make Your Own Dumpling Night, Soup Kitchen Soups ( I made the Carrot Fennel Seed Soup), Girls Night, Office Parties, and so much more. She introduces you to some pretty creative and inspiring people along the way too. Arty Parties is a cookbook to sit with for a while. It’s a pour yourself a glass of wine, sit by the fire, and read from cover to cover kind of book. The recipes are healthy, use common ingredients (and a few fun ones too) and focus on getting messy in the kitchen. I will be working through this work of art through the holidays, creating and making lifelong memories with my friends and family.

Arty Parties: An Entertaining Cookbook by Julia Sherman is an absolute must for all the foodies out there. It will always have a permanent spot on my bookshelf, but it also will reside on my coffee table for all to enjoy while visiting me. This is the PERFECT cookbook to gift this holiday season!

Happy cooking and creating!

Your Biggest Fan,


P.S. If this book sounds up your alley, be sure to check out Sherman’s previous book, Salad For President! She takes the salad to a whole new level 🤗!

Click on the fabulous book pic to purchace from your local Indie Bookstore!

***Dear Mr. Hemingway, LLC  has proudly PARTNERED with Abrams Books and will be sharing their Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Food & Beverage books as part of the #ABRAMSDINNERPARTY. 

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