I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
 Groucho Marx

Right now I am consuming way too much television, and it is not good for my mental health. I have started turning to my favorite books each day to ease my mind, especially books that are filled with beautiful imagery.

I am lucky to have Rizzoli as my publisher. Not only are their books gorgeous, their team is talented and generous. So, to add a little joy to life, we have teamed up to giveaway seven beautiful books, including a signed copy of my book Entertaining at Home.

RULES: I will feature each book over the next 7 days. 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.

You’re Invited: Classic, Elegant Entertaining by Stephanie Booth Shafran
Even if we cannot entertain friends right now, we can stay engaged through beautiful books and setting a pretty table for our family. Los Angeles-based hostess Stephanie Booth Shafran shares her secrets for pretty tables and the art of entertaining.

The Art of the Host by Alex Hitz
Alex gives tips on how to make mealtimes feel special. He also provides great recipes and ideas for Easter dinner at home. Southern-inspired food, generous traditions, and Southern hospitality are at the heart of this book.

The Ladies’ Village Improvement Society Cookbook: Eating and Entertaining in East Hampton
by Florence Fabricant Foreword by Martha Stewart
Gifted with waters brimming with local fish and with farmland that produces a bounty of fruit and vegetables, the Hamptons have long been a destination for food lovers. Now, one of the most historic organizations on the island pairs with legendary food writer Florence Fabricant to capture the local color through a collection of recipes from members of the Ladies’ Village Improvement Society, renowned chefs and celebrities who live or vacation in East Hampton

Made in Mexico: The Cookbook by Danny Mena
Made in Mexico mixes recipes inspired by Mexico City street food, local eateries, and multi-starred restaurants, combining regional traditions and global trends. Breakfast, antojitos, snacks, salads and ceviches, main dishes, and desserts, as well as staples such as salsa roja and tortillas, chef Danny Mena shows American home cooks the depth and diversity of true Mexican cooking in the capital city, with explanations for proper technique and suggestions for ingredient variations.

30 Easy Ways to Join the Food Revolution: A Sustainable Cookbook by Ollie Hunter
Based on the simple principle that local ingredients equal the lowest possible carbon footprint, Ollie Hunter makes the complex endeavor to eat sustainably easy, desirable, and delicious.

Mob Veggie: Big Flavors on a Small Budget by Ben Lebus
Having taken the social media world by storm with his one-minute, how-to-make–a-recipe videos, MOB Kitchen founder Ben Lebus is back with his second book. Great vegetarian recipes using few ingredients and recipes to feed four for around $10.

I will be giving away a signed copy of my book

Entertaining at Home: Inspirations from Celebrated Hosts by Ronda Carman Foreword by India Hicks

Leading party aficionados share their successful strategies for delighting family and friends, offering their personal viewpoints and providing behind-the-scenes details that go into creating memorable occasions. They offer their approaches to arranging flowers, setting the table, selecting menus, stocking the pantry, compiling playlists, and purchasing hostess gifts. Included are a variety of easy-to-master delectable recipes, such as bacon-wrapped pretzels, seafood chowder, spicy gazpacho, and refreshing sangrias.

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