"Gathering in the Garden" is a unique collection of garden parties. Each party comes with delicious menus, recipes, and creative special effect ideas that transform ordinary events into unforgettable gatherings. The recipes center around the bounty of the home garden and make lavish use of its produce. Parties include The Unexpected for the Expecting (a surprise baby shower), Sunrise Service (an early morning back porch breakfast), Hard Body Wanna-be s Lunch (low-fat, high fun), Pool Side Supper (a party evoking an island attitude), and Flavors of Fall (a cornucopia of ideas and recipes). Recipes include Tomato Green Chili Dip, Cheesy Tomato Melts, Gauguin s French Coconut Macaroons, Pickled Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes and Olives, Roasted Corn on the Cob with Cayenne Lime Butter, Buttery Asparagus Roll Ups, Pear Tarts, and many others. This wonderful gift book is beautifully illustrated by the authors watercolors.