This is the book for anyone who wants to gather a small crowd of friends and family around the table. With 24 colorful, quintessential seasonal menus, served family style on platters, it’s not about showing off with complicated techniques. It’s about flavor and ripeness and conviviality. Tanis believes that the most satisfying meals—for both the cook and the guest—are invariably the simplest.

PRAISE FOR A PLATTER OF FIGS

“David is a cook, but an artist, and there are so few of them in the world. I can count them on one hand.”

—ALICE WATERS,
author of: The Art of Simple Food

 

This is a book to cook from. I absolutely love it.”

—MADHUR JAFFREY,
author of: Climbing the Mango Trees

 

“David has that rare and admirable talent of making food taste as it should. He can coax a tomato to taste more like tomato, a fig to taste more like a fig.”

—NANCY SILVERTON,
author of: A Twist of the Wrist

 

“One of those exceptional works that has been worth the wait.”

—DEBORAH MADISON,
author of: Local Flavors

 

“Since I am someone who can’t even turn on the stove without consulting a recipe, this book will be—is already—my indispensable companion.”

—DIANE JOHNSON,
author of: Le Divorce

 

“Good recipes are all I need. But when I get them in such a fine-looin’ package? Now that’s classy.”

—FRANCES MCDORMAND