I was first introduced to Alex Hitz through our mutual friend Danielle Rollins. Several years ago, Alex shared his tomato bisque with me for a Soup on Sunday post. His secret…strong coffee! It gives the bisque a superior depth and flavor. It’s a trick I still use to this day.
Alex is the consummate host and bon vivant. Not to mention, he can really cook. Elegance, comfort, and wit suffuse every detail of every delightful and delicious occasion he conceives. Defying diets and trends, Alex treats guests like family with rich, Southern-inspired food and the generous traditions of Southern hospitality.
His latest book, The Art of the Host showcases full menus, each occasion offers recipes and tips for ultimate success, from his always-perfect-every-time Thanksgiving table and epic Boxing Day buffet to a bright Easter brunch and an intimate Valentine’s Day supper. In addition to twelve expertly curated menus, Alex provides can’t-fail recipes for his essential dishes, classic recipes every confident cook should have in their back pocket, from perfect vinaigrettes and homemade mayonnaise to Bel-Air Onion Puffs, Risotto alla Milanese, To-Die-For Ale-Braised Brisket, and Caroline’s Tipsy Ambrosia.
RULES: I will feature a Rizzoli book over the next 7 days. At the end of 7 days we will giveaway the books to a lucky winner! Simply leave a comment. It could be why you would love to have these books, or what you are reading right now to ease your mind. You can comment each day, and I hope you do, let’s all stay connected. And share with the link with a friend.
Can’t wait until we can entertain again!
I’m with you Tim! Stay safe!
I would so enjoy winning this amazing prize!
Be safe Alison!!
I just can’t wait til we can gather friends in our homes again- thinking about these books gives us a daydream of entertaining to come?
Jen I am dreaming of that day too! Stay safe x
The books in my home bring me such enjoyment and comfort. YAY for books and for kindness and hospitality.
Yes, book are great friends! Be well! x
Thank you Ronda for your generosity and for your continued contribution to making each day more beautiful. I love to entertain as well and I take great pleasure in setting a pretty table – for one, two or twenty people. It is so important. The daily attention to smallest details elevates the way we live. We simply feel better when we surround ourselves with beauty. Now more than ever we are focused on how we choose to fill our days – pausing to look at every area of our lives that needs fine tuning. It is time to get back to home cooked meals, sitting down for a leisurely meal at a well-set table and talking! Thanks again… Getting out my copy of your Entertaining at Home book now for today’s inspiration. Stay well.
Thank you Laurie! And YES daily attention to smallest details does elevates the way we live. Stay well and healthy!
I’ve followed you for more than 10 years! Your posts have always brightened my day and given me so many ideas to incorporate into my life! Thank you for continuing to share your style and gracious self!
Oh thank you Betsy! That is so kind!! We are all in this together! xo
In these dark and sad days, the pictures remind one of joy and hope……of new days to come. Tnank you for that!
Sandra I am looking forward to new days to come too. xo
What a beautiful book! Coffee in bisque- will need to try that.
It really is a beautiful book!Stay healthy!
Since I won’t be able to celebrate my birthday I spent my days changing menus and ideas on how will celebrate when this is over, please stay safe
Lucy, I have a birthday coming up in April. The big 50! Thinking the same. Stay well!
So pretty. I’m trying to get my enthusiasm up to decorate our Easter table! I can’t wait to entertain agin.
Chris I am with you!!! I was thinking about the Easter table too. Stay healthy!
Glad you’re back full of content like the old days. Loving the soup on Sundays.
Oh thank you Faith! Happy to be blogging again. I need it right now! And soup is still a comfort! xo
Such beautiful inspiration as we dream of the time when we are all able to reconnect with our loved ones!! Thank you!!
Dreaming indeed!! Hug those you love!
I’d LOVE this book! You have so much to teach, and I have so much to learn!
Thank you for being an inspiration!
Thank you Lauren!! Stay healthy!!
I would love one of your books because I love to entertain and am always looking for new, artistic ideas. Thanks!
Waiting for the day we can entertain friends again!
Always love new ideas from a reliable source!
Yes, me too! Stay safe! xo
Oh what a great contest ! I don’t know what I would do without my books!
Books are the best! Stay healthy and safe!
Feeling inspired to entertain and cherish my friends again.. The simple pleasures of gathering so often overlooked, yet reminded within each page of these fabulous books. Going for the win!
Could not agree more! I will never over look simple pleasures again! x
Looking forward to your beautiful daily posts! We need this loveliness in our lives right now.
Thank you Deloris! I agree. It’s nice to see the beauty in life right now!
Thank you Ronda for your kindness – love your blog!!!! The pictures shown here are calling me to my kitchen! I will have to try these and love the suggestion of the coffee in the tomato soup!
Thank you so much!! The coffee is so good! Stay healthy!
Thank you for brightening our day!
Thanks for brightening mine Patricia.
Thank you always for all of the lovely and tasty inspiration Ronda! Makes me hungry every time! 🙂
Katie!! 🙂 thank you!! Do hope you are doing ok!! xo
Lately, I’ve been cooking more and looking for ways to make stay at home meals and table settings ( for my husband and myself) , creative and interesting.
It’s a great time to rethink family time and meals at home.
I love Alex too!!! He is amazing! I really love what you are doing! Many thanks!
We started blogging almost at the same time years ago. Following you since then because I love your style…
Designers at Home still gives me many ideas
Thank you Ronda for inspiring and entertaining
Albarosa! So good to hear from you! Thank you. I can’t believe it’s been so long!! Please stay well and safe! xo
Your blogs and books are so beautiful and inspiring. I started blogging myself on way website. I’d be honored if you could read the latest 2 minute read post https://thephilosophyofinteriordesign.com. I’d love your opinion. Anyway, I love reflecting on your style. I’d love one of your books to savor!
You have a very beautiful blog!