Synopses & Reviews
From the author of Seriously Simple (more than 70,000 sold) comes another collection of enticing recipes and useful tips that will help make throwing a party just as much fun as attending one. Using straightforward ingredients, minimized prep time, and streamlined cooking techniques, hosts can serve festive meals with ease. Sample menus—organized seasonally for a variety of groups and occasions—and mix-and-match recipes for every course allow cooks of every skill level to make merry year-round. With great advice on everything from stocking a party pantry to setting an elegant table, plus vivid photos that will entice party planners into the kitchen, this book gives everyone a reason to celebrate.
"Worthington, author of Seriously Simple and Seriously Simple Holidays, shifts her focus to entertaining in this versatile collection. The key is to reduce party anxiety by planning and organizing. Know ahead of time what kind of party (buffet, brunch, sitdown), choose a menu, and make lists and a schedule. Worthington offer numerous seasonal menus appropriate for everything from Valentine's Day or Super Bowl Sunday to a backyard barbecue. Throughout are sidebars with advice on cruditÃ©s, doubling recipes, and cheese. The bulk of the book comprises appealing recipes divided into the standard categories of appetizers, soups/salads, meat, desserts and more. While her dishes are suitable for entertaining, many are the kind of meals readers will want to serve regularly such as braised chicken thighs, steamed mussels, pulled pork, and baked Greek pasta. Throughout she offers truly useful tips on how to butterfly a turkey, adapt an entrÃ©e into an appetizer, make lighter versions of selected dishes, and much more. Glorious color photos showcase the visual appeal of these mouth-watering recipes. Worthington's desserts are also impressive, from limoncello zabaglione with fresh berries and caramel coconut ice-cream terrine to summer stone fruit cobbler and shortbread with chocolate and candied walnuts. This attractive and refreshing collection holds something for every palate, making it an ideal guide for party hosts as well as those who want something tasty to put on the dinner table on a weeknight." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Diane Rossen Worthington is a writer, editor, food consultant, and James Beard Award-winning radio host living in Los Angeles.
Yvonne Duivenvoorden is a food photographer based in Toronto.