OMG! I have that closet with all that crap, I mean marvelous stuff only I entertained in the 70′ thru 90’s. Don’t do it on that scale or that formally anymore as times do change. Want some tablecloths, serving dishes, silver platters, etc? Come on down! See ya! and, it’s 105 here today. Old cookbooks are fabulous!
The Loaves and fishes Party Cookbook has long been in my collection. I picked it up in the early 90’s when I was learning to cook and throwing parties all the time. It was the perfect companion! (Of course now I look back on that time through a fond memory filter!)
And I do indeed refer back to the book every now and then. I have also given it as a gift to new cooks or entertainers a few times, complete with copies of my notes in the margins.
Speaking of gazpacho, the Provencal Tomato Soup in there is delicious whether hot or cold!
Hope your heat wave breaks soon. Thanks for this sweet post.
Anna Pump of Loaves and Fishes sounded familiar (I don’t have her cookbooks) then I remembered she and her shop have been featured prominently on several past episodes of friend Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa program on the Food Network http://www.barefootcontessa.com/television.aspx. Sybille Pump Van Kempen is Anna’s daughter (and co-author) who runs the shop now.
I’ve had the big shelf in the big closet in the appropriately sized house (not in the Hampton’s), and it still wasn’t enough space to keep all that stuff! Realistically, housing all that accouterment requires about 3 BIG shelves in a BIG closet, at least.
My stuff was well-used; I did throw parties for 12-50 people regularly, and loved every minute. Divorce and panic caused me to shrink my supply of bar ware and tableware, but I still have my 12′ table with screw-in legs for easy storage that I built myself, 35-pot coffee maker, wine glasses for 60 (red and white!), three sets of matching tablecloths to fit 6 tables (besides a jillion singletons that get used every day) and stacks and stacks of napkins that, yes, do get ironed and folded into neat stacks on a closet shelf, ready for whatever fun may pop up.
Still, these days my favorite parties are with a total of 6 people, on the wrought-iron table under the old apple tree. Simplicity is increasingly pleasant to me.
My age is showing. I have the Loaves and Fishes Cookbook (plus 600 others), but not the party book, and half the required place settings, glassware, linens, etc. We used to regularly have 12-15 people in for sit down dinners, and parties for many more. We always had a theme, like “Provence”. Somewhere we’d just been. :-)
Had an incarnation of that closet at one time…then lterally came to my senses and let it go. ( deep cleansing breath ). This weather? You don’t have to shovel 100 degrees. Now,let’s have some of that gazpacho.
Haven’t pulled out the Loaves and Fishes Cookbook in years! I use to make the blueberry oat-bran muffins often and since Bryan is such a blueberry fan, if you haven’t tried them they are delicious! A trip down cookbook memory lane, thank you!