Al Fresco celebrates unfussy, unconventional, easygoing living, showcasing how close-to-nature entertaining and gathering can take shape anywhere outdoors – by the beach, in the mountains, in the city, in the suburbs, in the desert. With a blend of 25 interviews with individuals, couples, and families across a variety of demographics and backgrounds; beautiful photos; visual and reflective essays; poetic ruminations; and recipes, this book is a breath of fresh air for anyone looking to bridge indoor life with the outdoors, and seeking inspirational ideas for how to achieve this lifestyle. Organised by location of gathering – By the Water, At Home, Open Spaces, Intimate Spaces, Under the Sun, and more – each chapter will include practical and easy takeaways, like 'Ways to Reset in the Sun'; 'Things to Do Outside with a Friend'; 'Things to Ponder on a Sunny Day'; and 'Ideal Snacks for Easy Get-Togethers'.
"[A] delectable paean to outdoor dining . . . Readers are sure to savor the stories and flavors packed within this delightful outing." --Publishers Weekly
"Julie's fuss-free approach to entertaining is refreshing, and Al Fresco homes in on why we are so moved and transformed by the simple act of eating outdoors." --Sarah Britton, author and creator of My New Roots
"Al Fresco is a stunning reminder not to wait for some future date to experience the beauty and freedom that nature offers." --Camille Styles, founder and editor in chief of Camille Styles
"Al Fresco reminds us of the deep healing that takes place when we get out into nature--preferably with something good to eat and share. This book urges us to be less perfectionistic about how and what we serve and instead to focus on creating connection and being present." --Amy Chaplin, James Beard Award-winning author of Whole Food Cooking Every Day
"Julie has a way of making simple everyday rituals feel beautiful and meaningful. This book is sure to inspire us to intertwine our lives a little more intentionally with nature and each other. " --Amanda Jane Jones, designer and illustrator
"With seasonal recipes and thoughtful tips for gathering, each page is a true celebration of everyday entertaining." --Jenni Kayne, founder of lifestyle brand Jenni Kayne
About the Author
Julie Pointer Adams is a photographer, writer, and creative consultant based in Santa Barbara, California, where she lives with her husband and son. Formerly the visionary behind the original series of global gatherings for Kinfolk Magazine, she has since worked as a stylist, art director, floral designer, and content creator for clients and collaborators all over the world.