At Blanchard's Table: A Trip to the Beach Cookbook

At Blanchard's Table: A Trip to the Beach Cookbook

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The next best thing to actually living on an island paradise is being able to bring a bit of paradise home. Bob and Melinda Blanchard shared their own “paradise found” in their book A Trip to the Beach, the true story of the couple’s adventures as they escaped civilization to open a restaurant on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. Now in At Blanchard’s Table, the couple extends the celebrated warmth and hospitality of their acclaimed restaurant, and its delicious menu, to our homes. The happy result is a cookbook that’s as much a pleasure to read as it is enjoyable to follow.

Writing with the same humor and charm that made their first book such a success, Bob and Melinda share recipes drawn from their New England roots, their early years in the gourmet food business, and their life in the Caribbean. At Blanchard’s Table is a delectable collection of more than 160 recipes perfect for get-togethers of family and friends, illustrated with glorious photographs that reveal how lucky they are to have homes in both Vermont and Anguilla.

Although the Blanchards’ restaurant gets rave reviews for the food, Melinda was never trained formally as a chef, so her recipes are for true homemade meals that are appealing and easy. Caribbean-influenced dishes like Calypso Chicken with Lime, Grilled Lobster Anguilla Style, and Jamaican Jerk Shrimp are complemented by New England–inspired fare such as Vermont Cheddar Soup, Balsamic-Glazed Veal Chops, and Vermont Picnic Ham Baked in Dark Beer.

Sections include Casual Starters, Soups, Salads and Dressings, Seafood, Meat, Pasta, Vegetables and Sides, Desserts, and Drinks. Throughout the book, there are dozens of mini-recipes that allow people in a hurry to toss together just a couple of ingredients for a quick and tasty dish. The Blanchards also offer expert cooking tips, as well as more delightful stories about some of their favorite Anguillians.

With simple, eclectic, and flavorful recipes—along with sound cooking advice, charming anecdotes, and the same warmth that made people fall in love with A Trip to the Beach—At Blanchard’s Table is truly a pleasure to cook from and nearly as enchanting as an actual trip to the beach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780609610824
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 03/25/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.68(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Married for nearly thirty years, Melinda and Robert Blanchard divide their time between Norwich, Vermont, where they built their own home, and Anguilla, where they operate Blanchard’s Restaurant. They are the authors of A Trip to the Beach.

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At Blanchard's Table: A Trip to the Beach Cookbook 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
stacels More than 1 year ago
This cookbook is filled with delicious recipes and gorgeous photography! I'm not a cook and have found most of the recipes easy-to-make and quite tasty. The recipes are all used at Blanchards, Bob & Melinda Blanchard's restaurant in Anguilla.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid cookbook reader. I check them out from the library by the dozens and pour through them like novels. Yes, I sometimes even cook. This is the only cookbook I liked well enough to actually purchase. The recipes are orginal, fresh and creative, but at the same time practical and simple enough not to intimidate a basic cook like myself. Please believe me when I tell you their recipe for cornbread is absolutely amazing. On second thought, don't believe me, try it for yourself and impress your friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The recent issue of MORE magazine featured the Blanchards and printed 3 of the recipes from the cookbook. I made Calypso Chicken with Lime last night and my husband and I were knocked out! Absolutely delicious! Weary of stuffy recipes with glossy photos that look good in other books but come up short in taste, I think lack of formal culinary training may actually be a real PLUS, at least in this case! I can't wait for the arrival of this book so I can try other Blanchard's fare!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best cookbook out there. Since I've been to Anguilla, I can definitely relate to it too. You don't have to have visited Anguilla to appreciate it though. This is a definite 'must have' in every kitchen. We haven't stopped making things out of it since we purchased. Love it all! Keep up the great work!