Arty Parties Book


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Julia Sherman knows how to throw a party. With this book, Sherman shows you how to open up your hearth to friends and be the architect of your own uniquely memorable bash. Uninterested in codified markers of good taste, this book will not instruct you on how to properly set a table or fold starched white linen. Instead, Sherman reveals that modern gatherings are less about “getting it right” and more about creating unpretentious and genuine experiences that build community.

Featuring colourful food that is confident in its simplicity, Sherman shares easy-to-follow recipes that value imaginative flavour combinations over complexity: dishes like sliced melon and fried sage; cucumbers with tahini and sriracha; and radishes with miso-ghee. This book also invites readers into the idiosyncratic gatherings of internationally acclaimed artists, from Paris for an intimate dinner in an artist’s atelier, to a Jamaican feast in Harlem. Woven throughout are Sherman’s own home-grown events starring food that is relatable yet chic.

Utterly unique and beautifully designed, Arty Parties is a guide to creating meaningful experiences that nourish both the host and their guests.


  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • 28cm x 21cm 

About the Author
Julia Sherman is an artist, photographer, and the creator of Salad for President. In addition to her culinary work, Sherman is an exhibiting mixed-media artist. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Columbia University. Sherman is the author of Salad for President (Abrams, 2017). She lives in Pasadena, California.

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