Whatever an event’s raison d’etre, a dinner on the grounds is filled with the classic elements of Southern culture—reshly cultivated food, family tradition, heirlooms, laughter and stories, all enjoyed in an outdoor venue. James T. Farmer III presents a collection of menus with mouthwatering recipes for every occasion, from traditional country church–
hosted homecomings to lavish southern weddings, while reminding us that the art of grand Southern entertaining is not that each event need be grand, but that they are all grandly presented with style and confidence rooted in a heritage of hospitality.
James T. Farmer III, a true Southern gentleman and a graduate of Auburn University, has written a variety of
books on southern living, including A Time to Plant, Porch Living, Sip & Savor: Drinks for Party and Porch, and A
Time to Cook: Dishes from My Southern Sideboard. He is president of James Farmer Designs, which specializes
in residential landscape, interior and floral design. He has appeared on the Today Show as well as regional
television. His work has been featured in Southern Living and Traditional Home, among other magazines, and he is
an editor-at-large for Southern Living. He lives in Kathleen, Georgia, just outside of Macon.