Cook the Book: 'The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends'

20110919-171032-the-splendid-tables-how-to-eat-weekends.jpgThere are countless reasons to look forward to the weekend, but for us one of the highlights is tuning into Saturday's broadcast of The Splendid Table. Hosted by the lovely Lynne Rossetto Kasper, this weekly magazine radio show has been bringing together an incredible array of food world luminaries, cookbook authors, and wine experts since 1994. (You can even hear our own Ed dishing about frozen pizza and the culinary wonderland that is Queens.) Listening through the show's archives, you'll soon see that The Splendid Table has been way ahead of the food game since its inception.

Then there's the second half of the show where Lynne answers listeners' queries, proving herself on a weekly basis as an unstumpable woman when it comes to kitchen conundrums.

Needless to say we're big Splendid Table fans and we've been looking forward to their cookbook, The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends for quite a while. It's the latest companion cookbook from Lynne and her producer Sally Swift, and it's just as fantastic as the show itself, minus the tinkling piano intro music, of course.

For their latest cookbook, Lynne and Sally have taken on the time-is-no-object arena of leisurely weekend cooking. These recipes are for those times when you actually can spend all day crafting a meal, not only enjoying the outcome, but taking the time to enjoy the process, from planning to shopping to cooking, and finally sharing a spectacular meal with friends and family. It's a cook's cookbook, and just like The Splendid Table, it's a book for people who love to eat.

The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends works like a party planner, laying out varied menus of dishes that can be mixed and matched to cater to each cook's needs, complete with invaluable advice on everything from a game plan for prep to beverage pairing, and even the best time to serve each particular meal.

This week we'll be cooking our way through The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends taking dishes from each menu. We'll begin with Mahogany-Glazed Chicken Wings served up with a cool Cucumber & Melon Salad with Mint and follow it up with a feast worthy Wedding Lamb Biriyani.

Win 'The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Clarkson Potter, we are giving away five (5) copies of The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends this week.

All you have to do is tell us about your favorite weekend meal in the comments section below.