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The Food Stylist's Handbook
The Food Stylist's Handbook
Hardcover      ISBN: 1423606035

Acclaimed food stylist Denise Vivaldo shares the tips and secrets of the trade with cooks who want to become master stylists. It takes a steady hand to arrange the chocolate curls and drizzle the caramel sauce in elaborate designs on top of that sumptuous tiered cake. Whether for food blogs, television, books, magazines, movies, menus, or advertising, food stylists and photographers learn to slice, plate, tweak, and arrange so the dish becomes less a bit of food and more the work of an artisan.

Find out: How to get started What equipment you'll need How to find clients Insider tips and tricks What you don't know about cooking shows

Denise Vivaldo has been a food stylist in Los Angeles for twenty-five years. Originally a professionally trained chef catering in Hollywood, Vivaldo was discovered by Aaron Spelling and put to work on his television shows building food presentations for the camera. Her company, Food Fanatics, styles food for cookbooks, packaging, television, and film. The Food Stylist's Handbook is her sixth book.

Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings
Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese
A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings
Hardcover      ISBN: 0762446048
Consider this your invitation to world's greatest cheese party

Peek behind Philadelphia's largest and oldest cheese counter for a lively guide to pairing cheese with everything from beer and cocktails to olives and charcuterie. The store's resident cheese blogger, Madame Fromage, brings to life 170 of the world's greatest artisan cheeses, drawing on stories and knowledge from the store's third-generation owners.

Accessible for cheese newcomers and connoisseurs alike, this guidebook breaks down the mysterious world of cheese into personality profiles like "Baby faces," "Vixens," "Mountain Men," "Stinkers," and "Pierced Punks," sliding along a scale of texture, age, and pungency. These cheeses are then paired off for occasions like Cocktails & Nosh, Cheese for One, Book Club Cheese Night, and Craft Beers & Artistan All-Stars. Also included are 30 recipes, from Zeke's Bacon Maple Grilled Cheese to Cheddar Ale Soup; an extensive dairy lexicon; and notes on how to taste cheese like a cheesemonger.

Part recipe book, part family history, part cheese encyclopedia, Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese is a fresh, new take on a favorite food group.
Fancy Sips & Party Dips
Fancy Sips & Party Dips
Paperback      ISBN: 1935666274

Great parties are gifts from the heart, and planning an appetizers-and-drinks party doesn√t have to be complicated. This gem of a cookbook offers recipes for dips, hors d√oeuvres and drinks, so your party will be friendly, comfortable and memorable.

The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Crafts and Recipes--Over 175 Family- Friendly Activities
The Artful Year
Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Crafts and Recipes--Over 175 Family- Friendly Activities
Paperback      ISBN: 1611801494
Winner of the 2015 Parent's Choice Award

From the author of The Artful Parent--a year's worth of art projects, seasonal activities, and recipes for simple, family-friendly crafting through the seasons and holidays.

Celebrating the seasons and holidays is a wonderful opportunity to embrace creativity together as a family. It's also a fun way to decorate, prepare for, and learn about the holidays we celebrate. In The Artful Year, you'll find art activites, crafts, recipes, and more to help make each season special. By doing so, your family will create memories and mementos, you'll develop creative growth in your children and yourself, and you'll have lots of fun The book includes:

- Arts and crafts, using the materials, colors, and themes of the season
- Decorations to make as a family
- Favorite seasonal recipes that are fun for children to help make (and eat)
- Ideas for celebrating the holidays together
- Suggested reading lists of children's picture books about the seasons and holidays

The Artful Year is a fun and active resource for crafting and celebrating around the year
What's a Hostess to Do?
What's a Hostess to Do?
Paperback      ISBN: 1579653685

In What's a Hostess to Do?, entertaining expert Susan Spungen explains everything you need to know to host a party effortlessly and with elegance. Susan shows the hostess how to make it look easy--whether the occasion is an informal brunch, a sit-down dinner, a buffet for a crowd, or an impromptu birthday celebration. It's all arranged in 313 easy-to-digest entries that take readers through every aspect of entertaining. The tips are time-saving ("Ten Great Assembled Dessets"), money-saving ("In Praise of Cheap Wine"), energy-saving ("Ten Jobs to Delegate"), and face-saving ("How to Handle Uninvited Guests"), plus there are 121 recipes to make entertaining easier than ever berfore. With helpful illustrations and full-color photographs, What's a Hostess to Do? is a stylish and instructive guide filled with expert advice from a party-throwing pro.

Ladurée: Entertaining
Ladurée
Entertaining
Hardcover      ISBN: 2812306238

Vincent Lemains et Michel Lerouet, respectivement chef p tissier et chef des cuisines de Ladur e, nous d voilent tous les secrets de l'art de recevoir de leur prestigieuse maison. Du petit d jeuner au d ner de gala en passant par le pique-nique chic, le d jeuner de famille, le d ner en amoureux... Toutes les occasions de se r unir en 10 petits livrets o sont propos s menus et conseils d'art de la table. En prime, un carnet d'adresses L'Art de recevoir sign Ladur e.

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0609602195

Ina Garten and The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook provide the perfect recipe for hosting parties that are easy and fun for everyone--including the cook.

For more than twenty years Ina Garten's, Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, has been turning out extraordinary dishes for enthusiastic customers in the Hamptons. For many of those years, people have tried to get the exuberant owner, Ina Garten, to share the secrets of her store. Finally, the energy and style that make Barefoot Contessa such a special place are shown here, with dozens of recipes and more than 160 breathtaking photographs, in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.

Ina's most popular recipes use familiar ingredients and yield amazing results. Her Pan-Fried Onion Dip is the real thing, with slowly caramelized onions and fresh sour cream. Tomato soup is created from oven-roasted tomatoes and fresh basil to intensify the flavors. Meat loaf is as good as your grandmother's, but it's healthier because it's made with ground turkey and fresh herbs. The light and flaky Maple-Oatmeal Scones are baked with rolled oats, whole wheat, and real maple syrup. Now these and other famous Barefoot Contessa recipes can be prepared at home.

Ina says that before she owned a specialty food store she often spent a week making dinner for six friends. Her experience at Barefoot Contessa has given her hundreds of ideas for creating wonderful parties in a few hours. And they're all in this book. Crab Cakes with R moulade Sauce can be stored overnight in the refrigerator and saut ed just before the guests arrive. Cheddar Corn Chowder can be made days ahead, reheated, and served with a salad and bread for a delicious autumn lunch. The ingredients for Grilled Salmon Salad can all be prepared ahead and tossed together before serving. The batter for the Raspberry Corn Muffins can be mixed a day before and popped into the oven just before breakfast.

Ina Garten teaches us how to entertain with style, simplicity, and a relaxed sense of fun. There are notes throughout the book for giving cocktail parties, lunches, and dinner parties where everything is done before the guests arrive. And there are easy instructions for creating gorgeous party platters that don't even require you to cook
Vegan Finger Foods: More Than 100 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Bite-Size Eats Everyone Will Love
Vegan Finger Foods
More Than 100 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Bite-Size Eats Everyone Will Love
Paperback      ISBN: 1592335942

Finger foods are fun eats that span all cuisines. Sometimes called "tapas" or "small plates," these recipes are perfect for entertaining, or for light meals and snacks. Make a few, and you'll have a stunning meat-free and dairy-free buffet that will have your friends and co-workers begging for the recipes. This book explores the many types of bite-size munchies, from elegant to casual and savory to sweet, these small, easy-to-prepare sensations will have everyone going in for fourths. Vegan Finger Foods features more than 100 recipes for appetizers, small plates/entrees, snacks and treats that don't require a fork or any other utensil - other than your fingers. Recipes include ingredients that can be found at almost any grocery store or farmer's market - no faux meats, cheeses, or the like. There are even low-fat, soy-free, and gluten-free recipes

Nominated for Best Cookbook of 2014 by VegNews

In the Kennedy Style: Magical Evenings in the Kennedy White House
In the Kennedy Style
Magical Evenings in the Kennedy White House
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385489641

Recreates the most memorable evenings in the Kennedy White House through guest lists, recipes, memorabilia, and anecdotes from those in attendance

The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure
The Trouble with Brunch
Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure
Paperback      ISBN: 1552452859
What do your Eggs Benedict say about your notions of class?

Every weekend, in cities around the world, bleary-eyed diners wait in line to be served overpriced, increasingly outr food by hungover waitstaff. For some, the ritual we call brunch is a beloved pastime; for others, a bedeviling waste of time. But what does its popularity say about shifting attitudes towards social status and leisure? In some ways, brunch and other forms of conspicuous consumption have blinded us to ever-more-precarious employment conditions. For award-winning writer and urbanist Shawn Micallef, brunch is a way to look more closely at the nature of work itself and a catalyst for solidarity among the so-called creative class.

Drawing on theories from Thorstein Veblen to Richard Florida, Micallef traces his own journey from the rust belt to a cosmopolitan city where the evolving middle class he joined was oblivious to its own instability and insularity.

The Trouble with Brunch is a provocative analysis of foodie obsession and status anxiety, but it's also a call to reset our class consciousness. The real trouble with brunch isn't so much bad service and outsized portions of bacon, it's that brunch could be so much more.