Some months clearly speak for themselves: November means Thanksgiving, and December, Christmas. But September ushers in a back to school mentality that Portale honors with a selection of Recipes for Busy Times, including a Prosciutto, Pear, Arugula, and Honey Mustard Sandwich and Chicken Breasts with Rosemary and Chanterelles. October means Sweater Weather, and heartwarming dishes such as Potato and Butternut Squash Gratin with Gruyere. After the overindulgences of the holidays, January calls for Fresh Start recipes such as Halibut with Steamed Spinach and Portabello Mushroom Vinaigrette. June signals a profusion of seafood and the enjoyment of plums coming into season. With picnics in July, a tomato feast in August, this book celebrates our changing lives with more than 100 perfectly timed recipes.
Portale also provides suggestions for flavor building, planning ahead and creating thematic menus. Alfred Portale's Twelve Seasons Cookbook is a delicious harvest for every day of the year.