Owner of the obsession-worthy shop Hammertown Barn, with locations in Rhinebeck, Pine Plains, and Great Barrington, MA, Joan Osofsky knows better than most about all the ins and outs of pulling off a great dinner party or potluck. So it only makes sense that her second book, written with the help of Ancram-based author Abby Adams, tackles the topic of top-notch entertaining in the “country,” our verdant Hudson Valley. A hefty volume, the pages progress through each season, offering menus, recipes, tips, and table settings for a series of aspirational-yet-realistic, meal-centric gatherings, provided or inspired by assorted area experts — like cookbook author Julia Turshen, Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney, fashion designer Patrick Robinson, and Virginia Smith of Vogue, to name a few. You’ll find all the details accounted for “A Perfect Day for a Picnic,” how to throw a “Harvest Gala,” and the charm in “Fireside Dining.” Perhaps more vital — to Valleyites and Osofsky alike — the end of the book lists essential resources for local produce, meats, cheese, charcuterie, and spirits. Bring this with you on vacation or keep close at hand in your kitchen, and you’ll be well prepared for any hosting situation.
192 pages, Rizzoli International Publications, $45 (hrd)