picOne of the movie quotes I often cite comes from the 1999 film, Tea with Mussolini, in which Lady Hester Random played by the great Dame Maggie Smith says (in all her Dame Maggie Smith-ish-ness): “Americans just simply don’t understand picnics.”

Which is probably true and means way more than the literal words I am sure. However, to help us Americans get better at picnicking, I found this great resource book: The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket by Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker, and Jen Stevenson.

About The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket by Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker, and Jen Stevenson: “A picnic is a great escape from our day-to-day and a chance to turn a meal into something more festive and memorable. The Picnic shares everything you need to plan an effortless outdoor get-together: no-fail recipes, helpful checklists, and expert advice. With variations on everyone’s favorite deviled eggs, 99 uses for a Mason jar (think cocktail shaker, firefly catcher, or cookie jar), rules for scoring lawn games, and refreshing drinks to mix up in crowd-friendly batches, let The Picnic take the stress out of your next party and leave only the fun.”

More than recipes and ideas for picnics, the fine ladies behind The Picnic have put together the ultimate planning guide for your best picnic ever, even if you don’t understand it.

The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket by Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker, and Jen Stevenson is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.