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Bridgehampton Weekends: Easy Menus for Casual Entertaining [Hardcover]

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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific (and beautiful) book Oct. 22 2003
By A Customer
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. So I bought both her books, and I understand. She mixes complicated dishes with easy ones, such as glazed pork with mustard and brown sugar along with baked whole onions that you just plop in the oven. I can't yet adopt her "don't worry about mistakes and enjoy" style but I'm trying. This is a must book for scardy kats in the kitchen like me. Oh,by the way, the pictures are beautiful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Ellen! April 21 2003
By A Customer
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. We all know the Hamptons are not known for their, shall we say, "regular" people. However, Mrs. Wright has given us a wonderful cookbook with many good ideas, etc. For our Easter dinner yesterday, I made her Beef Rib Roast with Yorkshire pudding and it was fabulous. She also has lots of little shortcuts and tips to help along the way. And her foolproof piecrust is perfect! Her writing is warm and inviting and I hear she has another book coming out soon. I urge you to ignore the "consipracy" review and try this book. You just may come away with a few new delicious recipes. Good luck!
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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 This is a wonderful gift for friends! April 19 2001
By AB
Last month, I received Bridgehampton Weekends as a housewarming gift with a note: "Hope your home and friends are as warm as this book." It is the first book of it's type (cooking) that I've actually read from cover to cover. The stories and thoughts are wonderful and the recipes mix and match food in such clever ways -- from presentation to preparation to color and calories. And the special tips from Ellen in the margins of the book take any fear away -- what a good idea for an author to think ahead of how a reader could get in trouble! It's like she's with you in the kitchen. I can see why famous people like Tom Brokaw and David Brinkley love her way of entertaining. Finally, the pictures by Tom Eckerle are beautiful -- the Hamptons should be photographed more often. I keep the book on my coffee table rather than the kitchen. And I've sent at least ten books to my friends as gifts -- with warm notes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Elegant Entertaining
What would you get if you took Martha's eye for presentation but left off the obsessive-compulsive side? Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2000 by "crystal65"
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 Yummy Food for Everyone!
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). Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2000 by CRP
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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