By Jane Butel. Paperback, 182 pages, 20 color photographs..
21 Menu plans with over 80 recipes for Southwest Seasonal Entertaining In her newest book Jane Butel designs festive menus that celebrate the pleasures of southwestern cooking throughout the year. These delectable meals highlight the foods that are the most appropriate--in terms of taste. cost, and availability--during each season. Reflecting current concerns with healthy diets, she emphasizes recipes and balanced menus that allow us to enjoy one of America's most popular cuisines with a clear conscience. She gives guidelines for reducing fat content and generally "lightening" these already healthful foods. The author offers a choice of meal plans that can be adapted to either a simple or lavish style of entertaining. he book includes brunch, lunch dinner and buffet menus for every season, a hearty meal to warm and nourish a party of skiers, and feasts to celebrate the fall harvest. Each meal plan makes the most of seasonal fruits, vegetables, beverages, and traditional specialties. Festive seasonal photographs add color to this delightful book.