Some of the most beloved cookbooks in our library are the dustiest: books we grew up with, inherited from our grandparents, found at yard sales, or bought new decades ago. In this column, we celebrate these bibliographic treasures, and our favorite recipes therein.
I'm not sure how or when Lee Bailey first entered my life, but I am so glad he did. It's most likely that I found one of his cookbooks in the dusty stacks of a used book store or in a bin at a yard sale somewhere; however it happened, that first book lead to others, and now quite a few of his titles have made their way onto my bookshelves. My favorite of all his books, Lee Bailey's Country Weekends
, is written for readers who own weekend homes in the Hamptons (or for those of us who wish we did) and is structured around a series of menus that take the generous host through the day from breakfast to cocktails, from the backyard to the beach. Keep reading »