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.

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