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Cooking for Crowds for Dummies (For Dummies)

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Publisher Comments:

Over 100 recipes, plus time-saving planning tips and sanity-saving suggestions

Serve terrific food confidently and calmly, and wow your crowd!

Panicky about cooking for a casual church dinner, a posh graduation party, or a holiday feast for 50? With terrific recipes plus tips for everything from planning menus to preparation and presentation, you can serve a hungry crowd without getting all steamed up about it. You'll quickly grasp the basics you need to know to cook like an experienced pro.

Discover how to

  • Serve great dishes, from appetizers through desserts
  • Determine food quantities when cooking for groups
  • Handle food safely
  • Add ambience with easy decorations

Synopsis:

Expert advice on food preparation for a large event

Packed with recipes and advice for creating a stress-free kitchen, this unique guide shows ordinary home cooks how to do their own catering at big events such as family reunions, graduations, and weddings. The book guides readers through setting up the kitchen, planning the menu, estimating food quantities, following food safety requirements, and scheduling the food preparations.

About the Author

Dawn Simmons is a professional caterer and teaches online catering courses.

Curt Simmons is the author of more than 50 books, including iPhoto For Dummies.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: So, You Need to Cook for a Crowd . . . 7

Chapter 1: A Crowd by Any Other Name 9

Chapter 2: Planning Your Menu 17

Chapter 3: Estimating Food Quantities, Serving Dishes, and More 39

Part II: Tried-and-True Recipes for Crowds 51

Chapter 4: Creating Tasty Appetizers 53

Chapter 5: Main Dishes Everyone Will Love 69

Chapter 6: Delicious Side Dishes 95

Chapter 7: Satisfying Slurps: Soups and Stews 109

Chapter 8: Stirring It Up: Punches and Drinks 125

Chapter 9: Decadent Desserts 137

Part III: Special Events and Holidays 163

Chapter 10: Special Dishes for Summer Get-Togethers 165

Chapter 11: Special Dishes for Holidays 183

Chapter 12: Special Dishes for Weddings 201

Part IV: Bringing It All Together 215

Chapter 13: Getting Ready for the Event 217

Chapter 14: Getting Ready on the Day of the Event 231

Part V: The Part of Tens 247

Chapter 15: Ten Ways to Avoid Common Food Preparation Problems 249

Chapter 16: More Than Ten Decorating Tips for Crowds 253

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Keep from Pulling Out Your Hair 265

Chapter 18: More Than Ten Things You Need to Know about Food Safety 269

Appendix A: Metric Conversion Guide 277

Appendix B: Helpful Web Sites 281

Appendix C: Fun and Easy Garnishes 293

Appendix D: Special Cooking Tricks 309

Index 313

Product Details

ISBN:
9780764584695
Author:
Simmons, Dawn
Publisher:
For Dummies
Author:
Simmons, Curt
Subject:
General
Subject:
Entertaining
Subject:
Quantity cookery
Subject:
Entertaining - General
Subject:
General Cooking
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Entertaining
Subject:
Cooking
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies
Publication Date:
20050610
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
354
Dimensions:
9.22x7.32x.82 in. 1.17 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Expert advice on food preparation for a large event

Packed with recipes and advice for creating a stress-free kitchen, this unique guide shows ordinary home cooks how to do their own catering at big events such as family reunions, graduations, and weddings. The book guides readers through setting up the kitchen, planning the menu, estimating food quantities, following food safety requirements, and scheduling the food preparations.

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