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Do It for Less! Parties: Tricks of the Trade from Professional Caterers' Kitchens

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Many people can handle throwing a party for 8 or 10 people, but how many can successfully negotiate the trials of entertaining 25 or 50? Do It for Less! Parties has all the tools you need to plan efficiently and entertain flawlessly when cooking for a crowd. Packed with quantity recipes for 12, 25, 50, or 75 friends and family, this combination party cookbook, decorating guide, and entertaining primer shows today’s savvy hostess how to do it for less time and do it for less ...

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Overview

Many people can handle throwing a party for 8 or 10 people, but how many can successfully negotiate the trials of entertaining 25 or 50? Do It for Less! Parties has all the tools you need to plan efficiently and entertain flawlessly when cooking for a crowd. Packed with quantity recipes for 12, 25, 50, or 75 friends and family, this combination party cookbook, decorating guide, and entertaining primer shows today’s savvy hostess how to do it for less time and do it for less money without sacrificing one’s sanity or style.

The first half of the book focuses on the logistics of quantity cooking. It’s brimming with estimating guides, catering resources, and conversion charts that are useful for the professional caterer and home entertainer alike. The second half provides nine complete menus with 65 twice-tested, quantity recipes. All the menus include complete shopping lists in each quantity, a menu countdown, decoration ideas, and specific tips for shaving costs, time, and stress from your preparation schedule.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Party procrastinators need no longer hesitate-this cookbook/party planner removes the guesswork and anxiety from throwing their own shindig. Along with food stylist Cindie Flannigan and cookbook author Martha Hopkins (InterCourses), Vivaldo, a professional caterer for more than 20 years, has designed nine full menus for 12, 25, 50, and 75 guests. Menu themes include "Asian Inspiration," "Arabian Nights," and "On-the-Beach Luau," with dishes ranging from Egg Rolls with Sweet and Sour Sauce to Marrakech Chicken, all of which are simple to make. For each menu and party size, Vivaldo provides a shopping list of ingredients that can be purchased well in advance and another for last-minute purchases of perishable items. In addition to recipes, there are time-saving techniques, money-saving ideas, and proposals for advance preparation. Table coverings, equivalent charts, glossaries of cheese and wine, and, most important, food and kitchen safety are also highlighted. Featuring full-color tables and contrasting sidebars, the layout is eminently readable. Additional photos of finished meals would have added to the book's appeal, but this is a small flaw. Highly recommended for all public librares.-Ann Weber, Bellarmine Coll. Prep. Lib., San Jose, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965327510
  • Publisher: Terrace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Do It for Less! Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,261,276
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

With more than 20 years experience and thousands of parties to her credit, Denise Vivaldo is unparalleled in the field of big-name catering and food styling. She has worked with the likes of Rachael Ray, Michael Chiarello, and Nigella Lawson, among many other heavy-hitters in the food world. She has cooked for all sorts of stars and dignitaries, from Bette Midler and Arnold Schwarzenegger to Prince Charles and President George H.W. Bush. She has catered the Academy Awards Governor's Ball, Los Angeles Magazine's Taste of LA, the Women in Film Tribute, and numerous post-premiere and wrap parties. Denise is the founder of Food Fanatics and the author of the bestselling How to Start a Home-Based Business, now in its 4th edition. She lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Perfect for rookies and "pros"

    I love to throw a party and do a lot of events for our church. This book caught my eye at the library and I had to buy my own copy. She gives you overall information about set ups and planning. She covers the details without becoming boring. My favorite part of the book is the individual event section. She plans out a menu for several different events from Bridal showers to 4th of July picnics. At the beginning of each section she gives ideas for decor, invites, etc. The menu is listed along with each recipe. The icing on the cake is that she breaks down the recipe by quantity. No more refiguring the recipe and shopping list for your own party - you can choose from 12,25, 50, 75 or 100 people. And you have a complete shopping list to follow. This is a book I have gone back to over and over again for ideas, inspiration and recipes. I get rave reviews everytime I make one of the dishes.

    Whether you have one or ten parties a year, this is a great investment. No matter how seasoned you are, I don't believe you ever stop looking for inspiration or new ideas!!

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