A simple summer, a cool bottle of lively young red wine, and a good book in the soft light of a summer evening. These four ingredients are readily available in endless variations here in Northern California's various wine-growing regions.
The following menu and book recommendations should translate well into any summer-season setting where you might find yourself a table and chairs out in the yard.
For easy handling, you might split your figs after they are washed. Arrange them on a colorful platter with a chunk of cheese and a knife. The whole presentation only takes a few minutes, just about one glass of wine's worth of time. Then it's out into the garden, book front and center, salad on the side and hey, put your feet up!