Dinner party by the pool

Get tips from a food stylist and create a summer menu that's as easy as it is beautiful
Margo True

TIPS FROM THE FOOD STYLIST


Cook with good, fresh ingredients
The taste and appearance of food depend on the quality of the raw materials ― which are always better in season.

Keep your table simple
"If you have a bunch of roses, your eye will go straight to them," says Valerie. A camera can't "read" the food on a table full of bouquets and dishes, and your eye will have trouble too.

Pick pale plates
"Use white plates to make food stand out. Or at least a pale shade."

Snip it
"Chop herbs with scissors, especially basil; it keeps them from getting mashed."

INFO: Valerie Aikman-Smith gives cooking classes for small groups.

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