As a celebration of gathering together to eat, At Our Table is an inspiration to families to savor time and food together, and the perfect hostess gift after a weekend sharing food and friendship. Born of the collaboration of Roxie Kelley and illustrator Shelly Reeves Smith, At Our Table is about the richness of companionship whether family or friends. Many of the recipes were gleaned from sharing friends who are lavishly credited for their generosity. As author Kelley states, "every time we sacrificed 'table-time' together, it seemed as if those grab-and-go meals were draining us of our energy and enthusiasm, instead of lifting us to a higher and healthier place. But as we all know, one day at a time we give those days away, until they become years given away." All the recipes have notes preceding them speaking of the moments of sharing, of family and always of friends. All of the recipes have illustrations that celebrate the ordinary tools and familiar scenes of our day-by-day life, making us aware that the life lived in small moments may be more valuable than the one lived on a grand stage
The recipes are divided into chapters from Appetizers, Main Dishes, Side Dishes & Salads, Breads, Muffins & Spreads, Dessert, and This and That. The latter has teas, marinades, tips on blending breadcrumbs, and on toasting nuts. Additionally Kelley offers short sections on tools and stocking the kitchen.
The recipes are simple and clearly written so they may be followed easily. You'll find such recipes as A Little Gift of Herbs given away to be used as a party favor); Auntie's Pretzels Southwestern Tomato-Cheese Soup, Brooke's Baja Taco, Hawaiian Chicken, Crispy baked Tilapia. The recipes often have stories attached, such as The Sister's Meat Loaf, which Kelley tells us, "This recipe is from Gail Hessenkemper, who shared it with her sister who shared it with my sister, who shared it with me." The spirit of generosity shows through many recipes: Christine's Tomato Tart, credited to Chris Kleiber, and Kelley says she floods Kleiber with kitchen questions because she is such a good cook. There are Peaches and Cream Muffins, made by Kelley's daughter, Brooke, to serve at church; Lisa's Bliss Bars, contributed by "one of the many amazing teachers" in the lake area; Caramel Oatmeal Bars to be enjoyed and made by children; Jan's Just "Dew" It Apple Dessert, from Kelley's sister Jan.
The spirit of camaraderie shines through the book, both in text and illustrations.