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Bridgehampton Weekends: Easy Menus for Casual Entertaining [Hardcover]

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3.0 out of 5 stars all the pretty little horses July 15 2002
The "once Upon a time in the Hamptons" tv mini-series inspired me to purchase this book, which I hoped would provide a bigger taste of the good life. Though the menus were rather homely for what I would expect, I rarely give complicated artsy-fartsy gourmet affairs more than a second glance; so in all fairness, this cookbook was just the thing for me, simple and practical, yet elegant--something I might cook from if I could bear to get it dirty. The photography is delightful; half the pictures contain hidden messages, half again of which you probably imagined after catching the first. I might sound like a paranoid schizophrenic doing book reviews for a psychotherapy assignment, but hey, the author and her husband once worked in the white House, be smart! Is that a "yankee pumpkin" far left in the Halloween spread? Native New Englanders know what the frustrated redcoats, far away from their ladies, did with THOSE during the revolutionary war. Towards the end of the book is a bizarre photo with a scrabble board center stage. The facing plaque spells: "THERFBI." WHO?!? Pretty spicy stuff here. The pictures could use some captions, though...er. Back to the recipes themselves, I would say they are about average quality-Wise. I should warn you I must have UpWards of seven hundred cookbooks, am a fairly accomplished cook myself, and can often tell a good recipe at glance without making it, so my assessment of "Bridgehampton Weekends" cookability might be a bit Off. There were a few off-beat offerings like "white House Saltines" I appreciated. But I couldn't give it my best thumbz up with things like angel food cakes calling for all-purpose flour and stock made with bouillon, not even as substitute ingredients. Not in the Hamptons--well, perhaps; maybe they always eat out there! Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good recipes but a little snobbish Jan. 31 2002
By A Customer
First, some of the recipes are pretty good. Especially the tortilla soup and the chicken fricasse (although there is way too much parsley in the dumplings.) The glazed carrots with almonds are very good, as is the chicken paprikash. The banged chicken is ok, nothing really wonderful about it, but decent. I found similar recipes in other cookbooks that are better, such as The Best Recipe (Kimball), or American Home Cooking. What really irritates me about this book is the fact that Ellen is a big "name dropper". She has to talk about how her husband played tennis with former President Bush while she sat chatting with the Mrs.. Then she tells us how she visits Tom Brokaw at his ranch in Montana. There are several references similar to these. Personally, I don't really care about who she knows or who's house she visits! I buy cookbooks for good recipes, nice photographs, and good cooking techniques, not to hear all about the social pedigree of the author. Bottom line: better recipes for the same dishes can be found in other cookbooks without all the self absorbed name dropping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Elegant Entertaining Nov. 5 2000
What would you get if you took Martha's eye for presentation but left off the obsessive-compulsive side? It would probably be something along the lines of Ellen Wright's beautiful book. Photographer Tom Eckerle's gorgeous pictures show off the natural beauty of The Hamptons as well as the artful arrangement of Wright's mostly casual home-style food. Many of the seasonally arranged menus feature old-fashioned dishes and none of the recipes could be mistaken for haute cuisine. Wright unabashedly uses baking mix and iceberg lettuce and wouldn't dream of asking you to make mayonnaise from scratch. Her philosophy is that inviting someone into your home for a meal is not about impressing them with your 4-star cuisine, but about making them feel comfortable and appreciated and well-fed. She reminds us that good food, lovingly prepared, an attractive setting and pleasant company are the hallmarks of gracious entertaining. She obviously is doing something right as James Beard and Tom Brokaw are but two of the luminaries who have graced her table and sung her praises. In an era of knock-your-socks-off culinary one-upmanship, Ellen Wright is a voice of gracious good sense. Relax, drop the pretense and enjoy entertaining again. Not to be missed: Banged Chicken and Brown Sugar Peach Pie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Food for Everyone! Sept. 3 2000
I know, I know, I am the daughter of the author but I have to say something about the book. (Remember one can be objective about a family member). FIRST the quality of the food: I have been cooking a lot of these recipes - some for the past 15 years and they are something to be proud of! Really delicious and so easy. Exceptional recipes (which I literally dream about) include: lima bean & pea puree, the meat loaf, the split pea soup, the rice pilaf, the bourbon cake, the red velvet cake and the chicken fricassee. Just to name a few. SECOND the variety of foods and recipes: which is a tribute to the author and her life experiences and are truly diverse! Just look at how many cultures and countries are represented here. FINALLY, Tom Eckerle's photographs: which are exquisite and transforms the book into not only a well-worn cookbook but a "coffeetable book" as well. My hats off to you, mom. I'm proud of you. How nice of you to share with everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific (and beautiful) book
In the past weeks, I've seen Ellen on the Today show, Larry King, Good Morning, etc. She seemed so relaxed about entertaining and fixing complex dishes. I'm not. I admit it. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Ellen!
Please be careful reading the not so nice reviews. Remember, the title is Bridgehampton Weekends, and the words easy and casual are in there too. Read more
Published on April 21 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful gift for friends!
Last month, I received Bridgehampton Weekends as a housewarming gift with a note: "Hope your home and friends are as warm as this book. Read more
Published on April 19 2001 by AB
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Elegant Entertaining--Thank You!
This book is beautiful with really attractive pictures of country living and entertaining-- in an elegant manner. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2000 by R Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Martha and share your pedestal!
What marvelous ideas for entertaining family and friends! And the best thing is that with Ellen's recepies, you aren't stuck in the kitchen with endless preparation. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2000 by D H G Cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Wright's, Bridgehampton Weekends offers great ideas for wonderful menus that go easy on the cook. The book contains an impressive array of recipes, many of which blend together... Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2000 by Theresa Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that Julia Child would be very very proud of!
Love the book. Wonderfully done with style & grace. Great and easy receipe to follow. Thank you, Ellen.
Published on Aug. 30 2000 by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that Julia Child would be very very proud of!
Love the book. Wonderfully done with style & grace. Great and easy receipe to follow. Thank you, Ellen.
Published on Aug. 30 2000 by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book!
Great book for those who love to entertain but don't want to spend a lot of time making a big fuss in the kitchen. Wonderful Recipes. Thank you, Ellen!
Published on Aug. 29 2000 by RVN
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