I'm hosting a dinner party on Xmas eve for four close friends. It's turning into a new tradition. We got together last year as well and had a wonderful time. I cook and a friend brings the wine pairings. I'm looking for cookbook/recipe suggestions.
I'm cooking four courses. Maybe a soup, salad, starter and a main. I'd like to keep the dishes mainly light and refreshing. Last year I cooked from Patrick O'Connell's Refriend American Cuisine (awesome book for a dinner party), French Laundry, and a book I picked up in Montreal from Anne Desjardins.
I don't mind challenging. I'm interested in good seafood recipes, refreshing, maybe even healthy! As a result, I've been looking for good california books, but certainly not limited to just that region.
I'd love thoughts and ideas!