“It is at the table that we experience belonging most powerfully,” writes Dudley, a chef and food writer who ran The Kitchen in Cape Town for 11 years. Dudley knows about hospitality, and her eight dinner party rules are worth following – as are her generous-spirited, eclectic recipes for canapés, main courses and accompaniments, and desserts. Dinner party success guaranteed.
Following the success of her previous cookbooks, A Week in The Kitchen and Another Week in The Kitchen, renowned restaurant owner and My Kitchen Rules SA judge Karen Dudley invites us into her world in her wonderful new book, Set a Table. This is a sumptuous cookbook to encourage and instruct home entertainers on gathering family and friends around the table for a truly memorable dinner. Karen effortlessly guides the reader through a colourful range of magnificent but easy-to-follow recipes. With stunning photography from Claire Gunn, the recipes will inspire you to create a timeless and beautiful experience for all gathered around the table. The recipes in this book are carefully selected to showcase exceptional flavour, but are easily achievable at home. Many of the recipes are well-loved signature dishes from Karen's restaurant, The Dining Room, that have been developed for home cooks to share with guests. You will find that all the recipes in this book are extremely versatile. Many of the vegetable dishes can be served as main courses, accompaniments or even as canapés or 'small plates'.