Cornelia Guest’s Simple Peasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking + Easy Entertaining is a great new book with lots of recipes and tips for entertaining. I was really excited when this book arrived because it seemed to be just my style: easy + healthy entertaining. Can’t go wrong there!

The book is filled with understandable recipes that will make your mouth water. Like these, Bulgar Roast Vegetables.


Or this warm spring salad.


I love that this book gives great entertaining tips because they are a good reminder for everyone. Here are a few of my favorite tips:

1. Don’t serve ton of food before dinner. It’s not necessary.

2. Don’t plate food. I don’t really know anyone who does this, but it’s a good reminder.

3. Fresh flowers are a must.


The book also includes this simple-to-read chart about cooking time for common and less-common grains.


Asparagus Slaw


  • 3 carrots
  • 1.5 lbs. of grated asparagus
  • 1/3 c. chopped fresh mint
  • 1/3 c. sliced red onion
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

Combine all ingredients and serve.

And another book bonus: Notes from my friends.

I love that the author has collected tips and stories from her friends to share with readers. This adds a great dimension to the book!


I have flagged quite a few seasonal recipes that I am looking forward to putting on my menu plan for next week!


Check it out on Amazon

Also, stay tuned for a giveaway of this great book!!