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by Amanda N. Ross Photographed by Ben Watts
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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HAMPTONS ENTERTAINING


STEWART, TABORI & CHANG


Packed with pages of colorful photographs, family recipes, decorating ideals and personal sentiments about summer on the East End from some of the island’s most notable residents, Annie Falk’s 200-plus page book about entertaining in the Hamptons during the biggest party season of allsummer. Falk’s extensive background in event planning and culinary arts lends itself to instructions on how to throw the perfect party for every occasion, from Father’s Day to birthdays to afternoons by the pool, while her co-writer, famed chef Eric Ripert, devised an array of menus featuring dishes so delicious, guests will be talking about them long after fall has arrived.


MONTAUK DREAMING


DAMIANI


The latest—and greatest—collection of work by renowned photographer Ben Watts is both inspired by and a
touching testament to the Long Island town adopted by the London-born photographer in 1995. Rejecting
cumbersome long lenses and professional grade cameras, Watts’ shot his entire book with his iPhone and colored with filters from his own photo app. The result is a vibrant, Endless Summer sorbet-toned collection of photographs that manage to truly capture the spirit of the beach town Watts loves so much.


THE BIG BOOK OF CHIC


ASSOULINE


The Big Book of Chic might just be the ultimate in home décor information; the fact that the book itself makes a perfectly chic piece of décor is just an added bonus. The elegantly covered volume is comprised of 300 pages of eclectic, modern spaces by famed interior designer and Oscar de la Renta creative director Miles Redd, serving as the perfect piece for anyone interested in the versatility of home design—or even just the gorgeous illustrations. Each space profiled is one personally designed by Redd, exhibiting his unqiue yet completely classic take on the age-old art of home décor.


VINTAGE COCKTAILS


ASSOULINE


A necessary addition to every bar cart and bookshelf, this brightly illustrated tome is more than just a pretty face. In addition to dozens of full-color photos of some of yesteryear’s most imaginative libations, detailed instructions on how to craft each cocktail guarantee that your party will be the most uniquely fueled. It’s the charming, subtle details that have made this book a best seller; the recipes appear to be hand-written, with cute doodles of ingredients decorating the colorful margins. Some highlights include the Collins, made with syrup and orange slices and the Old Cuban, crafted with infusions of lime and a splash of Moët. Each recipe is ideal for a summertime fête.

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