Last week we showed you Abby Ruettgers' sweet South End kitchen, a gorgeous, well-edited space with rows of cookbooks, soapstone countertops, and a big chopping board. Abby loves to entertain, and her kitchen is perfectly set up for it: in colder months friends hang out at the counter or lounge around her dining table; in the summer they head out to the patio, which is in near-constant use in grilling season.
I know that anyone who frequently entertains has a tip or two up her sleeve, and Abby certainly did. Here she shares her three favorite cookbooks (for now!), a few go-to dinner party recipes, and the one thing she does to ensure she isn't stuck in the kitchen all night when she has friends over for dinner: