Entertaining
Featured Items
Secrets from a Caterer's Kitchen: The Indispensable Guide for Planning a Party
Secrets from a Caterer's Kitchen
The Indispensable Guide for Planning a Party
Paperback      ISBN: 1557883521

During almost two decades of catering everything from the Academy Awards to a fete for Queen Elizabeth to an intimate dinner for Julia Child to a "Roller-Disco" Bat Mitzvah, Nicole Aloni has learned more than a few tricks-of-the-trade. And whether you're planning your umpteenth dinner for twelve, or you've only just figured out that there's a kitchen in your apartment, Secrets From a Caterer's Kitchen is the manual on entertaining.

This comprehensive, accessible and easy-to-use book offers insider tips and guidance about:

  • Menu preparation for both large and small gatherings
  • Finding special locations for events
  • Decorating advice for "theme" festivities
  • Creating invitations
  • Maintaining a budget
  • Over 125 tried-and-true party recipes
  • Whether it's a candlelight dinner, a kid's birthday party, or a holiday extravaganza, you can put on a show like a pro--and keep your guests guessing--with Secrets from a Caterer's Kitchen

    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

    My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness
    My Father's Daughter
    Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness
    Hardcover      ISBN: 0446557315
    The Academy-Award winning actress and avid foodie shares a sumptuous collection of recipes and gorgeous photographs celebrating the joy of preparing food for loved ones, a passion she learned from her beloved father.

    As an actress, author, trendsetter, creator of goop.com, and host of the popular PBS series, Spain: On the Road Again, Gwyneth Paltrow is an icon of style and good taste around the world. As a young girl eating and cooking with her father, Bruce Paltrow, she developed a passion for food that has shaped how she lives today and strengthened her belief that time with family is a priority. Now in My Father's Daughter, Paltrow shares her favorite family recipes along with personal stories of growing up with her father, Bruce Paltrow. She discusses how he has influenced her in the food she loves, how she involves her kids in cooking, and how she balances healthy food with homemade treats. And, for the first time, Paltrow offers a glimpse into her life as daughter, mother and wife, sharing her thoughts on the importance of family and togetherness.

    Complete with 150 delicious ideas for breakfast, sandwiches and burgers, soups, salads, main dishes, sides, and desserts, this beautifully illustrated book includes full-color photos throughout, many featuring Paltrow at home with her family and friends. My Father's Daughter is a luscious collection that will inspire readers to cook great food with the people who mean the most to them.

    Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations
    Martha's Entertaining
    A Year of Celebrations
    Hardcover      ISBN: 0307396460

    In this exquisite and very personal book, Martha Stewart welcomes you into her world, where she entertains in the expressive and beautiful style that she has made so famous. Whether a simple blueberry breakfast on a Sunday morning in Maine or a more lavish holiday dinner at Bedford, each of the gatherings is equally memorable, for what Martha cherishes above all is spending time and sharing delicious food with her family and friends.

    "A meal of substantial finger foods with ingenious cocktails, a sit-down formal dinner, a buffet supper, or something more relaxed such as a backyard barbecue--each is a welcome and inviting way to entertain," writes Martha. Featuring elegant and casual affairs held throughout the year and a diverse collection of enticing recipes, Martha's Entertaining shows us--in the broadest and most lovely fashion--what it really means to entertain and host today. From an afternoon Easter egg hunt for children to a festive Halloween dinner held inside her horse stable; from a sophisticated cocktail party on a friend's yacht in New York Harbor to a spring garden f te amid the most glorious beds of peonies, Martha's parties offer a glimpse inside her beautiful homes. Each is unforgettable and endlessly inspiring.

    All of the events feature menus and stories for dreaming and planning, as well as delicious yet approachable recipes: Tomato and Gruy re Toasts, Mini Crab Cakes with Tarragon Tartar Sauce, Tiny Tuna Burgers, Leek and Porcini Risotto, Wild-Mushroom Lasagna, Braised Short Ribs, Roast Turkey Breast with Sage Butter, Rhubarb Crumbles, Blueberry Jam Tartlets, and Chocolate Honey Ice Cream with Butterscotch Sauce, plus some of Martha's favorite drinks, including Pomegranate Cosmopolitans and Honeydew Mojitos. Mix and match the recipes to create your own distinctive occasion.

    Set among Martha's dining rooms, kitchens, gardens, and patios, this is her most intimate book yet, a new classic for hosts and home cooks of every generation.
    Punch
    Punch
    Hardcover      ISBN: 0811841774

    Imagine a big glass bowl of fruity, frosty, thirst-quenching elixir. In "Punch," dozens of simple, delicious recipes are ready and waiting to add a lively dash of fun or a classic touch of sophistication to any get together. From a traditional summer's-here refreshing strawberry lemonade to innovative twists on Champagne punch for the holidays, liquid inspiration is close at hand. Add to that variations with or sans alcohol, and theres something for everyone to enjoy, from the citrus kick of a glass of Margarita Madness to a tasty mug of Coffee on the Cubes (complete with decadent dark chocolate shavings). Helpful advice on selecting the appropriate liquor and which punch bowl to use, and ideas for decorative ice rings and shapely cubes give punch added punch. For every season, every gathering, may your cup runneth over.

    A Simple Feast: A Year of Stories & Recipes to Savor & Share
    A Simple Feast
    A Year of Stories & Recipes to Savor & Share
    Hardcover      ISBN: 1611800323
    A real-life fairy tale of a cookbook with stories and recipes that celebrate the seasons, sharing food with friends, and bringing a sense of style to it all.

    A beautiful cookbook destined to become an heirloom, A Simple Feast presents a year of life in food. Each chapter presents a story--apple picking, snow day, tea party, date night, rooftop barbeque, etc.--and recipes inspired by the whimsy that lies therein. The food here is simple and elegant, taking cues from the bounty of local markets and farms, embodying modern American cooking. This is a playful journey guided by the ever stylish Jewels of New York, who lead the reader through the seasons and the culinary adventures each has to offer.
    Rachael Ray's Open House Cookbook: Over 200 Recipes for Easy Entertaining
    Rachael Ray's Open House Cookbook
    Over 200 Recipes for Easy Entertaining
    Paperback      ISBN: 1891105310

    Originally published in 2000, an early collection of everyday hosting recipes makes recommendations for entertaining large and small parties for a range of occasions, from Sunday breakfasts and mid-week suppers to casual theme parties and holiday gatherings. Reprint.

    Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails
    Eat Your Drink
    Culinary Cocktails
    Hardcover      ISBN: 0062391283

    Create your own artisanal farm-to-glass specialty cocktails using local, seasonal, unusual, and organic produce with this illustrated bartending guide from the renowned cocktail chef who is transforming modern mixology.

    Matthew Biancaniello, the former cocktail chef for the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's famous Library Bar, is creating cocktails the world has never tasted before. Going beyond the quotidian Whiskey Sour or Tom Collins, Biancaniello is mixing it up with imaginative drinks such as "The Heirloom Tomato Mojito", a twenty-five-year-aged balsamic vinegar and strawberry libation named "The Last Tango in Modena," and a fresh arugula-infused "Roquette."

    One of the fastest-rising and most unique talents in the world of bartending, Biancaniello crafts exciting new drinks based on farm-fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients. A complement to farm-to-table dining, his fresh take on cocktails is ushering in a new age of drinking: "farm-to-glass", and with the addition of his foraging and gardening methods, "ground to glass." Captured in gorgeous full-color photographs, the libations in Eat Your Drink are both aesthetically beautiful and delicious.

    Eat Your Drink explores cocktails that push boundaries though never-before-imagined flavor combinations. Following Biancaniello's lead, you too can learn to blend alcohol and food together to create an elevated cocktail experience that requires you to savor, explore and . . . eat your drink.

    --VICE
    The Beer & Food Companion
    The Beer & Food Companion
    Hardcover      ISBN: 1909342998

    The Beer and Food Companion is set to become a classic reference for anyone wishing to pair beer and food, to cook with beer or to discover the delights of both the traditional and modern art of the beer sommelier. Beer has been drunk with food for thousands of years yet only now is it being appreciated as the perfect companion to food. It is even better than wine for pairing with cheese, for example. Tracing the history of beer and food matching, this book educates your palate to recognise the characteristics of a flavoursome beer, with delicious recipes that allow you to cook, pair and appreciate your ale at a whole new level.

    Profiles of key chefs, restaurateurs, beer experts, beer sommeliers and cicerones from around the world zone in on the new and exciting world of beer and food matching, including London's Quilon, Restobieres in Brussels and Higgins Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Charts for Beer & Food and Food & Beer pairing provide at-a-glance perfect matches for easy reference when you are sourcing beer.

    With expert knowledge on the art of marrying flavour and cooking with beer you will quickly come to recognise the rich and rewarding combination of porter and chocolate desserts, the delicate counterbalance of a wheat beer with seafood, or the pleasing combination of a hoppy pale ale with a mild curry.

    Friends at My Table: Feeding Crowds Effortlessly
    Friends at My Table
    Feeding Crowds Effortlessly
    Hardcover      ISBN: 1611800609

    Alice Hart is a genius at effortless entertaining and serving up delicious food for a crowd. In Friends at My Table she's crafted 12 complete menus--3 for each season--and 70 perfectly delicious recipes for a year's worth of colorful celebrations. Menus include food and drink for a bridal shower, brunches, a laid-back summer wedding, picnics, autumn bonfires, and even a New Year's Eve dinner. There's something here for every occasion, mood, budget, and palate--omnivores and vegetarians, too.

    Also, get ideas for charming activities to incorporate into your parties: how to build a home smoker, tips on wild-food foraging, how to pack for a picnic, and even the basics of playing beach cricket.