I admit that I first bought Katie Lee Joel's cookbook, A Comfort Table, for the pictures and great pattern on the inside cover (who says you can't judge a book by the inside cover!) But I have gone back to this book for dinner party inspiration over and over again. Yes, being the wife of Billy does give you a certain leg up in the world, but Katie has such an incredible sense of style she can easily stand on her own. Her Greenwich Village townhouse, decorated by who other than Nate, was featured in Domino last summer.
Katie focuses on conscious consumption, featuring ways to alter recipes to use the foods that are available that season. Her previous project, a food website Olive and Peach, has a great backlog of recipes, even though its no longer updated. Part of what I think sets Katie apart is her ability to make the simplest family style meals feel impossibly chic.
The pattern that sealed the deal for me while standing in Barnes and Noble. No, I'm not ashamed.
The marble backsplash, up to the ceiling cabinets and wall-o-windows in her kitchen make my knees weak.
This is the upstairs sitting room, where Katie reportedly watches Oprah every day with her two dogs. Me too Katie, me too.My favorite (impossibly easy) party recipe from Katie is Caprese Flat Pies. Tomato, basil pesto and mozzarella baked inside puff pastry. Yum!