Esquire Eats: How to Feed Your Friends and Lovers

Esquire Eats: How to Feed Your Friends and Lovers

by Francine Maroukian, David Granger
     
 

Menus, ideas, strategies, and how-tos for entertaining, all from the premier men’s magazine.

Esquire columnist and hostess par excellence Francine Maroukian, author of Town & Country: Elegant Entertaining, helps guys plan the perfect dinner party in manly, Esquire style. The focus is on simple, well-prepared dishes that men can handle

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Menus, ideas, strategies, and how-tos for entertaining, all from the premier men’s magazine.

Esquire columnist and hostess par excellence Francine Maroukian, author of Town & Country: Elegant Entertaining, helps guys plan the perfect dinner party in manly, Esquire style. The focus is on simple, well-prepared dishes that men can handle with confidence, and that won’t drive them crazy with lots of complicated, time-consuming preparation. And there’s an extra treat: along with each recipe comes a tip that explains the hows and whys, the must-know strategies, of entertaining. With the guests feeling comfortable, they’ll all relax and enjoy such delicacies as Green Olive and Walnut Tapenade, a mouthwatering Double Fired Porterhouse with Lemon Peppered Green Beans and Flash Home Fries, and one of the delicious desserts in the “Short and Sweet” section. From romantic meals à deux to a spread for a crowd, this cookbook and hosting guide has it all.

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Publishers Weekly
It should come as no surprise that the men's magazine known for coaching readers on how to dress to impress and entertain friends with erudite cocktail party conversation has now come up with a book explaining how to woo guests with food. Maroukian, an Esquire contributor and former New York caterer, makes no bones about her mannish culinary tastes: a "confirmed carnivore," she confesses, "As far as I'm concerned, there is no such thing as bad bacon." Her cookbook, while not the most comprehensive tome for the home cook's reference shelf, does offer a good number of solid dishes that are guaranteed to make an impression. Walking a fine line between snippy ("Never use the term `finger foods' unless you are Hannibal Lecter") and sympathetic (lamb shanks "will work for... those times when you want to move a relationship a little closer"), Maroukian explains how to prepare a number of meals for various occasions: small dinner parties for two to four people; larger gatherings and buffets; and low-key get-togethers. Her tastes tend toward the masculine; most recipes feature meat (a vegetarian-"if you have occasion to invite such a creature into your home"-can eat sides instead of the main dish) and are no-frills. That's not to say, however, that they aren't appetizing. Among the highlights are Smoky Chili with Toppings, Peppered Tuna, Spinach with Garlic, and Moroccan Lamb Shanks with Orange and Olive Gremolata. Sidebars on setting the mood (with candles, music, etc.) add further value to this civilized man's guide to being cultured in the kitchen. Agent, Laura Blake Peterson. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Maroukian, who writes a monthly food column for Esquire, ran a catering business in New York City for many years. She draws on that experience in this amusing but highly practical guide to entertaining. She starts with easy hors d'oeuvres for cocktails, then moves on to menus for two people or two couples and finally "Party Food," menus for six or more; there's also a chapter of "Everyday Meals," simple dishes for feeding larger groups, and a selection of desserts. Most of the recipes are fairly sophisticated but easy to execute: Peppered Tuna, for example, served with Garlic Spinach and Popcorn New Potatoes. Each menu includes a range of useful information and advice, from "Cooking Strategy" (a basic game plan), to "The Skills" and "The Best" (shopping tips), to the unfortunately titled "Giving Good Host" (secrets for successful parties). Despite the subtitle, her lively, down-to-earth guide should not be limited to men. Highly recommended. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588162434
Publisher:
Hearst
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.72(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.82(d)

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