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


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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