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I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influenceby Amy Sedaris
A tongue-in-cheek pastiche of recipes and advice for host and guest alike, I Like You will embolden readers to take on any entertaining challenge, be it hosting children, a rich uncle, or a crew of lumberjacks.
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Are you lacking direction in how to whip up a swanky soiree for lumberjacks? A dinner party for white-collar workers? A festive gathering for the grieving? Don't despair. Take a cue from entertaining expert Amy Sedaris and host an unforgettable fete that will have your guests raving. No matter the style or size of the gathering — from the straightforward to the bizarre — I Like You provides jackpot recipes and solid advice laced with Amy's blisteringly funny take on entertaining, plus four-color photos and enlightening sidebars on everything it takes to pull off a party with extraordinary flair. You don't even need to be a host or hostess to benefit — Amy offers tips for guests, too! Readers will discover unique dishes to serve alcoholics (Broiled Frozen Chicken Wings with Applesauce), the secret to a successful children's party (a half-hour time limit, games included), plus an appendix chock-full of arts and crafts ideas (a mini pantihose plant-hanger), and much, much more!
"Sedaris's sidesplitting guide to throwing parties hopes to return readers to the times when the word 'entertainment' was 'charmingly old-fashioned, like courtship or back alley abortions.' While her tongue is firmly in cheek, novice party-planners will actually find some helpful hints along the way as Sedaris offers instructions and real recipes. Her tips run the gamut from how to properly freeze meatballs (freeze them on a cookie sheet before putting them into a freezer bag so they won't stick together) and deal with the inebriated ('Better to cut them off rather than pretend it's not happening and then allow them to stay over and wet your bed'). She's a generous but crafty hostess ('A good trick is to fill your medicine cabinet with marbles. Nothing announces a nosey guest better than an avalanche of marbles hitting a porcelain sink'). Etiquette pointers include inappropriate introductions ('This is Barbara, she can't have children') and things to avoid saying to the grieving ('Did she smoke?' 'Was he drinking?' 'Where were you when this happened?'). Her advice is both practical and hilarious; her instructions on removing vomit stains ends with 'or just toss it, chances are you've stained it before.' Sedaris's first solo effort (after Wigfield with her Strangers with Candy co-stars, as well as several plays with her brother, David) is an outrageous and deadpan delight, greatly enhanced by her deliriously kitschy illustrations and photos." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Sedaris also includes creative ideas for themed parties, instructions for wacky craft projects (mostly made out of retired pantyhose), and advice on gift-giving for everyone from nuns, priests, and children to the divorced man in the office and women in early menopause." Library Journal
"The actor, caterer, film star, comic, and sister of David Sedaris charms, seduces, entertains, instructs, amuses, and just plain invites readers into her somewhat eclectic life." Booklist
America's most delightfully unconventional hostess provides jackpot recipes and solid advice laced with her blisteringly funny take on entertaining — plus four-color photos and enlightening sidebars on everything it takes to pull off a party with extraordinary flair.America's most delightfully unconventional hostess provides jackpot recipes and solid advice laced with her blisteringly funny take on entertaining — plus four-color photos and enlightening sidebars on everything it takes to pull off a party with extraordinary flair.
Itandrsquo;s hard to meet people in a big city, let alone any city. And after living in LA for several years as a single lady, Audrey Shulman turned to baking. But rather than eating her cakes solo over the sink, she brought them to bars, luring guys with a heady dose of butter and sugar.
Sitting in Bars with Cakeand#160;recounts Audreyandrsquo;s year spent baking, bar-hopping, and offering slices of cake to men in the hope of finding her boyfriend (or, at the very least, a date). With 35 inventive recipes based on her interactions with guys from all walks of life, from a Sticky Maple Kiss Cake to a Bitter Chocolate Dump Cake, this charming book pairs each cake with a short essay and tongue-in-cheek lesson about picking up boys in bars.
About the Author
Amy Sedaris lives in Manhattan with her imaginary boyfriend, Ricky, and her pet rabbit, Dusty.
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