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Picnicking for Everyone

Nothing says summer like a quaint picnic with a close friend. But why limit picnics to summertime? Spread a blanket on the living room floor, whip up some new recipes, and enjoy picnic fare regardless of the weather.

Brown, Katie
Katie Brown's Outdoor Entertaining: Taking the Party Outside
TX731.B76144 2007bx
Many of these recipes are suitable for taking on the road and they are all great for your outside partying needs. Included for each season and type of gathering are suggestions for menus, simple crafts projects, and outdoorsy activities to keep little ones entertained while the adults mingle and munch.
 
Burns, John
The Urban Picnic
TX823.B876 2004x
The Urban Picnic is a lighthearted look at picnic culture and picnic food. With recipes from some of today's top chefs (Nigella Lawson among them), the book provides ideas for fun quirky picnics, exotic theme picnics, and simple outdoor feasts.
 
Country Living, Eating Outdoors: Sensational Recipes for Cookouts, Picnics and Take-Along Food
TX823.C6347 2008
A collection of simple, yet sophisticated recipes that you can mix and match to create your own outdoor menu. The book's chapters are divided into the usual choices of appetizers, vegetables, main courses, beverages, and desserts allowing you to browse for what you'd like to make and eat.
 
Dolese, George
Outdoor Entertaining: Inspired Menus for Cooking with Family and Friends
TX823.D56 2005
Seven menus for outdoor entertaining based on themes such as Beachside Picnic Dinner, Family Reunion BBQ, and Mediterranean Feast. Each theme also includes hosting and serving tips, a work plan, and decorating ideas.
 
Donovan, Robin
Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors
TX823.D5838 2006x
If your picnic includes a fire or grill to cook on, this pocket sized book should travel with you. It contains tips and tricks for collecting what you'll need to cook outdoors, how to transport it safely and securely, how to build a useable fire to cook on, and how to tell when your food is done. Includes over 135 recipes that are far from usual picnic fare, like Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Grilled Tofu, Grilled Prawns with Hoisin Glaze, and Savory Cheese S'mores.
 
Heminway, Hilary & Heminway, Alex
Picnics
TX823.H422 2007
This book combines stunning photography, musings on picnics, the soul-enriching benefits of eating places other than the dining room table, delectable yet easy recipes, as well as helpful tips for packing food for traveling.
 
Silverton, Nancy
Nancy Silverton's Sandwich Book
TX818.S62 2002
The sandwich is a happy marriage of taste and mobility and therefore perfect for picnicking. Nancy Silverton elevates the sandwich to a new level. There are classics like Croque Monsieur and fabulous new recipes that transcend traditional PB & J. Don't overlook the "Sandwich Cakes and Cookies" chapter. Divine stacks of cookies, cream, and chocolate round out this elegant cookbook.
 
Stovel, DeeDee
Picnic: 125 Recipes with 29 Seasonal Menus
TX823.S833 2001
To the author, the picnic is perfect for any occasion. With a little thought, a few simple ingredients and some clever touches, a picnic can happen anytime and anywhere. Stovel matches 29 occasions with 29 menus. The recipes themselves are simple interpretation of classic foods that stand on their own even without outdoor settings.
 

Updated: 5/10/2011