Ashley English to give talk on 'Homemade Gatherings' July 27

By Blue Ridge Books | Jul 18, 2014

Meet and talk with Ashley English, known for her website, “Small Measures,” and her series of books on homemade living at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Blue Ridge Book, located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville.

English will present ideas from her newest book, “Handmade Gatherings: Recipes and Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations and Potluck Parties.” This event is sponsored jointly by Blue Ridge Books and the Haywood County Public Library, as part of its Adult Summer Reading Program.

Celebrate the seasons and connect with the community through 16 parties to throw in collaboration with friends. From the décor, to the entertainment, to the recipes themselves, “Handmade Gatherings” presents inspired suggestions for thoughtful, flavorful, festive communal dining.

The 16 parties are built around the rhythm of the seasons — Frosty winter fetes, lush springtime soirees, sultry summer get-togethers, and crisp autumn affairs-it's all here. Food, décor, crafts, and more are part of each event, all collectively assembled and executed. Throw memorable gatherings with loved ones, enjoy the food, connect with your community, and get caught up in the splendor of it all.

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English’s other books will also be available: “Home Dairy,” “Keeping Bees,” “Keeping Chickens,” “Canning and Preserving” and “A Year of Pies.”