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Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-togethers
Perfect One-Dish Dinners
All You Need for Easy Get-togethers
Hardcover      ISBN: 0547195958

In Perfect One-Dish Dinners, the New York Times best-selling author Pam Anderson shares her secret for having people over without breaking stride: Make just one dish. Instead of a parade of offerings, she focuses attention on a single main course--a rustic tart, paella, grilled platter, or homey stew. Perfect One-Dish Dinners showcases about forty such meals, perfect for every season and occasion, all designed to wow guests, calm the cook, and relieve the dishwasher at the end of the night. Stews for All Seasons Worldly Casseroles Roasting Pan Complete Big Summer Salads and Grilled Platters But that's not all. If the cook wants to make something extra, Pam provides a compatible appetizer, salad, and dessert for every one dish. And as a special bonus, she throws in "nearly instant" alternatives for each--more than 200 mixable, matchable recipes. Whether for a book group, church get together, birthday party, or family supper, Perfect One-Dish Dinners makes easy, shareable meals perfectly doable.

The Foodie: Curiousities, Stories, and Expert Tips from the Culinary World
The Foodie
Curiousities, Stories, and Expert Tips from the Culinary World
Paperback      ISBN: 1848319886

Join award-winning writer James Steen for a feast of facts, stories, recipes, and tips about food and drink.

Steen reveals what parmesan has to do with broken bones, why John Wayne kept a cow in a hotel, and how our attitudes to horsemeat have changed. Laying bare the secrets of the kitchen, he concocts the ultimate hangover cure and explains how to cook perfect rib of beef with the oven off.

With much-loved cooks such as Paul Hollywood and Kai Chase sharing passion and know-how, this mouth-watering miscellany will sate the appetite of every kitchen dweller, from expert to amateur.


A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes
A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes
Hardcover      ISBN: 1579653464

Forget about getting back to the land, David Tanis just wants you to get back to the kitchen

For six months a year, David Tanis is the head chef at Chez Panisse, the Berkeley, California, restaurant where he has worked alongside Alice Waters since the 1980s in creating a revolution in sustainable American cuisine. The other six months, Tanis lives in Paris in a seventeenth-century apartment, where he hosts intimate dinners for friends and paying guests, and prepares the food in a small kitchen equipped with nothing more than an old stove, a little counter space, and a handful of wellused pots and pans.

This is the book for anyone who wants to gather and feed friends around a table and nurture their conversation. It's not about showing off with complicated techniques and obscure ingredients. Worlds away from the showy Food Network personalities, Tanis believes that the most satisfying meals--for both the cook and the guest--are invariably the simplest.

Home cooks can easily re-create any of his 24 seasonal, market-driven menus, from spring's Supper of the Lamb (Warm Asparagus Vinaigrette; Shoulder of Spring Lamb with Flageolet Beans and Olive Relish; Rum Baba with Cardamom) to winter's North African Comfort Food (Carrot and Coriander Salad; Chicken Tagine with Pumpkin and Chickpeas). Best of all, Tanis is an engaging guide with a genuine gift for words, whose soulful approach to food will make any kitchen, big or small, a warm and compelling place to spend time.
Edible DIY: Simple, Giftable Recipes to Savor and Share
Edible DIY
Simple, Giftable Recipes to Savor and Share
Paperback      ISBN: 0762444886

Edible DIY may not be the first book for crafty cooks and burgeoning urban homesteaders, but it is the easiest. Based on the popular Serious Eats column by the same name, Edible DIY includes 75 recipes divided into five chapters: Crunchy, Boozy, Sweet, Spicy, and Jars. With plenty of packaging tips throughout, Edible DIY is the perfect solution for making inexpensive edible gifts in your own kitchen with everything from Chocolate-Peppermint Marshmallows and Coconut Granola to Homemade Sriracha and Espresso Barbeque Sauce. Illustrated with inspirational full-color photography throughout.

The Simple Art of Napkin Folding: 94 Fancy Folds for Every Tabletop Occasion
The Simple Art of Napkin Folding
94 Fancy Folds for Every Tabletop Occasion
Paperback      ISBN: 0060934891

Use The Simple Art of Napkin Folding to duplicate those beautiful napkin folds you've admired at elegant restaurants and memorable events. It's easy with Linda Hetzer's detailed step-by-step directions and illustrations. Using cloth or paper napkins, create standing triangular-shaped folds (the Tavern) for dinner parties. A few accordion pleats transforms a piece of cloth into the Poinsettia. Need festive ideas for a children's birthday party? Make Sailboats or Paper Airplanes. Graduate to more intricate designs that combine napkins with silverware, flowers, and wineglasses.

Special features include

  • A stain removal guide for heirloom linens and synthetic fabrics
  • Easy-to-follow instructions for making napkin rings
  • Graphs for embroidering initials on napkins
  • Instructions for stenciling your own napkins

Filled with inspired ideas, The Simple Art of Napkin Folding turns any square of fabric into a work of art.

Come One, Come All: Easy Entertaining with Seasonal Menus
Come One, Come All
Easy Entertaining with Seasonal Menus
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0873516192

Award winner and national food authority Lee Svitak Dean provides 32 seasonal menus and over 150 recipes for just about any party or occasion in this, her first book. Guided by the ingredients and distinct seasons of the Midwest, these menus provide a game plan for all cooks: What can be done ahead? How do you get it all done at the same time? All of the menus include time-saving tips, shortcuts, and substitutions so that even the busiest among us can throw a wonderful party.

The styles of the menus range from elegant to casual chic. One winter menu, Flavors of Spain Dinner Party, includes Mixed Greens with Blood Oranges, Mediterranean Seafood Stew, Flatbread with Fresh Thyme and Black Peppercorns, and Pear Tart with Walnuts and Cheese. A simpler summer menu, Fourth of July Celebration, includes Orange Mint Iced Tea, Asian Noodles with Pea Pods and Peanut Dressing, Chicken Drumsticks with Ginger and Garlic, Grilled Vegetables with Onion Chutney, and Almond Shortbread.

Whatever the season, Come One, Come All takes the guesswork and anxiety out of planning any type of party, leaving even the cook free to enjoy good food and good friends.



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
Salsa Lovers Cook Book
Salsa Lovers Cook Book
Paperback      ISBN: 0914846809

More than 180 taste-tempting recipes for salsas that will make every meal a special event Salsas for salads, appetizers, main dishes and desserts Put some salsa in your life

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.
Vintage Tea Party Treasury: Capture Your Passion for All Things Vintage
Vintage Tea Party Treasury
Capture Your Passion for All Things Vintage
Paperback      ISBN: 1851497994

Following the enormous success of The Vintage Tea Party Book ISBN 9781851496877, and The Vintage Sweets Book, ISBN 9781851497461, Angel Adoree now invites you to put your own vintage quirk to the test. With a unique mixture of recipes, hairstyling tips, make-up methods and advice for collecting vintage china, you can now compile all the things you love about vintage in this beautiful keepsake.