Cooking & Entertaining

Occasions to Celebrate: Cooking and Entertaining with Style

The renowned chef and master host presents his second Rizzoli cookbook: a collection of more than 100 recipes inspired by traditional Southern fare and French culinary flair, with an emphasis on seasonal fresh-from-the-market ingredients that are perfect for entertaining.

Alex Hitz shares a spectacular array of classic yet contemporary seasonal comfort dishes—from hors d’oeuvres, soups, salads, sauces, main dishes, and sides to desserts. He has a penchant for crowd-pleasers, including spiced pecans, gazpacho, mini crab cakes with mango chutney, cucumber and mint salad, mustard-crusted rack of lamb, tomatoes Provençale, key lime mousse, and lemon pecan shortbread cookies.
Hitz imparts cooking, serving, and entertaining secrets to ensure success for the amateur or experienced home cook alike, champions elegance and simplicity, and boldly encourages all who read and cook to celebrate with delicious food. Hitz’s message is clear: whether it’s a holiday or just another Tuesday, make every day a special occasion. This stylish tome is replete with impeccable dishes, seasoning secrets, and table-setting and seating advice—as well as foolproof menus for creating flawless occasions to share with family and friends.

About The Author

Alex Hitz is an award-winning celebrity chef, culinary speaker, columnist, event designer, tastemaker, and master host. His first book, My Beverly Hills Kitchen, and first Rizzoli cookbook, The Art of the Host, are widely popular. He is a contributing editor for Town & Country and writes regularly for C Magazine, Quest, and Southern Living. Hitz is a former food editor for House Beautiful, a post he assumed from Ina Garten.

  • Publish Date: October 18, 2022
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Entertaining
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 8 x 10
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $45.00
  • CDN Price: $60.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-7254-1


"A collection of more than a hundred recipes inspired by traditional Southern fare and French culinary air, with an emphasis on seasonal fresh-from-the market ingredients that are perfect for social gatherings. Entertaining expert Hitz imparts cooking, serving, and entertaining secrets to ensure success." —SOCIETY TEXAS

"Alex Hitz's genius doesn't stay only in the kitchen. In this new book, the acclaimed chef and host shares more than 100 of his recipes—from gazpacho to Key lime mousse—as well as tips on creating your own menus, setting the perfect table, tackling tricky seating and so much more." —TOWN AND COUNTRY

"...more than 100 recipes that marry traditional Southern and French meals that are perfect for a weeknight dinner or for an extravagant holiday feast." —ELLE DECOR

"The renowned chef and top-selling cookbook author returns with a spectacular array of more than one hundred classic yet contemporary dishes from hors d’oeuvre to desserts." —STUFFY MUFFY

Holiday Gift Guide: "Brimming with over 100 recipes inspired by 'traditional Southern fare and French culinary flair,' along with cooking, serving and entertaining secrets, this exquisite anthology is perfect for the gourmand in your life." —WESTPORT MAGAZINE

"By far one of the best entertainment and food books out there." —SPLENDID SASS

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