Having played host to the A-list and beau monde from Atlanta to Park Avenue to Beverly Hills, Alex Hitz is a consummate entertainer and bon vivant—who can really cook. Elegance, comfort, and wit (and always a little decadence) suffuse every detail of every delightful and delicious occasion. Defying diets and trends, Alex treats guests like family with rich, Southern-inspired food and the generous traditions of Southern hospitality.
Conceived as full menus, each occasion offers recipes and tips for ultimate success, from his always-
perfect-every-time Thanksgiving table and epic Boxing Day buffet to a bright Easter brunch and an intimate Valentine’s Day supper. In addition to twelve expertly curated menus, Hitz provides can’t-fail recipes for his essential dishes, classic recipes every confident cook should have in their back pocket, from perfect vinaigrettes and homemade mayonnaise to Bel-Air Onion Puffs, Risotto alla Milanese, To-Die-For Ale-Braised Brisket, and Caroline’s Tipsy Ambrosia.
Ever the raconteur, Hitz delivers common-sense rules—including for the art of being a guest, and what always or never to do as a thoughtful host—providing readers with the skills and confidence to establish their own signature style.
Alex Hitz is an award-winning chef, speaker, columnist, event designer, and master host. His first book, My Beverly Hills Kitchen, was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Departures, Southern Living, O, House Beautiful, and the New York Times.
He is a contributing editor at House Beautiful and Town & Country, and writes regularly for Departures, C Magazine, Southern Living, and Quest.