I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence [NOOK Book]

Overview The bestselling entertaining guide from America's most delightfully unconventional hostess is now available in paperback! Are you lacking direction in how to whip up a swanky soiree for lumberjacks? A dinner party for white-collar workers? A festive gathering for the grieving? Don't despair. Take a cue from entertaining expert Amy Sedaris and host an unforgettable fete that will have your guests raving. No matter the style or size of the gathering-from the straightforward to the bizarre-I LIKE YOU provides jackpot recipes and solid advice laced See more details below
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Overview

The bestselling entertaining guide from America's most delightfully unconventional hostess is now available in paperback!


Are you lacking direction in how to whip up a swanky soiree for lumberjacks? A dinner party for white-collar workers? A festive gathering for the grieving? Don't despair. Take a cue from entertaining expert Amy Sedaris and host an unforgettable fete that will have your guests raving. No matter the style or size of the gathering-from the straightforward to the bizarre-I LIKE YOU provides jackpot recipes and solid advice laced with Amy's blisteringly funny take on entertaining, plus four-color photos and enlightening sidebars on everything it takes to pull off a party with extraordinary flair. You don't even need to be a host or hostess to benefit-Amy offers tips for guests, too! (Number one: don't be fifteen minutes early.) Readers will discover unique dishes to serve alcoholics (Broiled Frozen Chicken Wings with Applesauce), the secret to a successful children's party (a half-hour time limit, games included), plus a whole appendix chock-full of arts and crafts ideas (from a mini-pantyhose plant-hanger to a do-it-yourself calf stretcher), and much, much more!
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Editorial Reviews

Henry Alford
"Clinically simple" may not be the mots justes here — "preposterously resourceful" is more like it. After all, we’re talking about a hostess who, for 25 cents, will laminate her party guests’ baby pictures or customize their cigarette lighters by wrapping them insticky shelf paper. She suggests using both an espresso spoon to curl eyelashes and Milk of Magnesia as a face mask. She offers four ideas for repurposing pantyhose, including a plant hanger, a bath sachet and a somewhatterrifying beauty aid she calls an "eye burrito." In short, I’m not sure what this author needs more — a round of applause or a fully licensed professional to sit her down and tell her all about lithium.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

There's no way around it: Sedaris fans are going to have to buy both her lavishly illustrated book and her audiobook adaptation. No one should be forced to decide between enjoying the visual delights of her kitschy photo-filled book or the aural pleasures of Sedaris's wonderfully exuberant narration. The rubber-faced comedienne proves equally limber vocally with her quicksilver changes from perfect deadpan to goofy dialects. The jaunty musical score and quirky sound effects enhance the production and complement her narration. Sedaris sounds like she's throwing a party in the studio and listeners would be foolish not to RSVP. The fourth disc contains a PDF file with all 76 recipes for her "15-minute meals in 20 minutes," which were read aloud on the previous discs, in addition to 70 more "Jackpot Recipes." A truly delightful audiobook. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Reviews, July 17). (Nov.)

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In this first solo publishing effort, playwright and comedic actress Sedaris (coauthor, The Book of Liz) shares with readers her collection of quirky, idiosyncratic tips on entertaining garnered from her mom, Girl Scouts, waiting tables, bartending school, and other eclectic sources. Though the lion's share of the book is devoted to what she calls her "personal jackpot recipes" (for such colorfully named dishes as "Brenda's Vulgar Barbeque Sauce"), Sedaris also includes creative ideas for themed parties, instructions for wacky craft projects (mostly made out of retired pantyhose), and advice on gift-giving for everyone from nuns, priests, and children to the divorced man in the office and women in early menopause. Bearing in mind that the book's subtitle refers to substances the author euphemistically calls "party enhancers," public libraries will no doubt find an audience for this wild and irreverent guide. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/06.] Deborah Ebster, Univ. of Central Florida Libs., Orlando Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446545112
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/22/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 299,502
  • File size: 45 MB
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Meet the Author

Amy Sedaris has appeared in several movies and television shows, and, with Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert, a co-author of the novel Wigfield, and she co-wrote Strangers with Candy, the hit show on Comedy Central. She's also a regular on The Late Show with David Letterman. She lives in Manhattan with her imaginary boyfriend, Ricky, and her rabbit, Dusty.

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I Like You



By Amy Sedaris


Warner Books


Copyright © 2006

Amy Sedaris

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-57884-3



Chapter One


Dear [your name here],

Whether you live in a basement with the income of a ten-year-old
girl or on a saffron farm in the south of Spain, the spirit of
hospitality is the same. It's the giving of yourself, a present of
you to them from me for us.

"Hello, and I like you." This is what you're saying when you invite
somebody into your home, without having to hear yourself say it out
loud. This colorfully illustrated book (see pictures) is my attempt
to share with you something I take very seriously: entertaining in
my home, my style. It may not be the proper way, or the most
traditional, or even legal, but it works for me. I can't write good,
but I can cook even better and I am willing to share with you my
sackful of personal jackpot recipes that, because of their proven
success, I continue to make, over and over again. I will also show
you ways to plan, present, and participate in self-award-winning
parties.

Even though the word "entertainment" is commonly used today, to me
it sounds charmingly old-fashioned, like courtship or back-alley
abortion. I like the traditional idea of entertaining, which for me
means lively guests, good food, cocktails, and bubbly conversation.
I'd like to bring entertaining back to these essentials. I'm not
concerned with proper table settings, seatingarrangements, or
formal etiquette. Who can have a good time with all those rules? How
can you enjoy yourself if you're worried whether you're using the
right fork, or wondering whether the pumpkin is the bowl or part of
the meal? I'm not trying to discourage you from being creative or
encouraging you to neglect the details, but know that the nuts of
any good party are the simple basics provided in a warm environment.

I tend to live my life like a deaf person. I communicate with my
actions: the way I dress, the way my home is decorated, and the
gifts I give all speak for me. I take this to heart when I
entertain. My food, my party decorations, the games I create, and
the music I play are all personal expressions. This is what will
make your party special, sharing a piece of you, a feeling. It's not
a competition. You don't have to be the perfect host, just the
prettiest.

This is not a joke cookbook. I don't like joke cookbooks because I
can't take them seriously. This book is full of real information.
Most of the little I know, I learned from my mom, as well as Girl
Scouts and Junior Achievements, my second first grade teacher, my
family, Aunt Joyce, the backs of boxes, the lady who works at the
post office, encyclopedias, the beach, bartending school, grocery
stores, airports, waiting on tables, Mrs. Enchandi, nurses, sitcoms,
Hugh, listening to the radio, babysitting, rock concerts, summer
school, and the House Rabbit Society. I was also fascinated by two
local hospitality shows: At Home with Peggy Mann and The Betty
Elliot Show
. I wanted to be both those women and now here's my
chance, and hopefully, with the help of my book, it will be your
chance as well.

Cordially,

Amy Sedaris

----

Dear [your name here),

It occurred to me that I neglected to acknowledge in my first letter
that not everyone is interested in hospitality. There is nothing
wrong with not wanting to be a hospitable person and have groups of
people in your home touching your personables. Luckily, this sturdy
book will also inform you on how to be the perfect guest. From the
minute you say "Yes I'll be there," until the moment you say "I'm
sorry, I should go," you have an important role in making a party a
hit. Remember, one cannot throw a successful party without
successful guests.

Cordiallier,

Amy Sedaris

----

Dear [your name here],

I hate to be a pest, but I was concerned that perhaps in my first
two letters I failed to completely convey my passion for
entertaining. I go bananas for entertaining! Sometimes though, I
feel entertaining is a dying art. My goal is to encourage you, [your
name here], to entertain in your home, your style. Having a party is
one of the most creative and generous activities that every person
can enjoy and indulge in, if you're on the list. Remember, by
inviting someone into your home, you're saying "I like you".

Cordialliest,

Amy Sedaris

(Continues...)





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by Amy Sedaris
Copyright © 2006 by Amy Sedaris.
Excerpted by permission.
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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    don't take life too seriously

    i would hope that if one were to purchase this book one would know and understand who amy sedaris is and expect, as i did, a fun, quirky guide to entertaining. so, if you want advice from martha stewart download a great martha stewart instructional but if you wanna learn how to not take life too seriously, then download 'i like you'...it's fun!

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Hilarious, Fun Read, a Visual Celebration of Warped Creativity Gone Astray!

    "I Like You: Entertaining Under the Influence" is a cheeky alternative to the every day recipe/ entertaining guides. No other guide specifically encompasses the in's and out's of entertaining for lumberjacks, funeral wakes, the elderly, when a rich uncle comes to visit, children, and the long overlooked demographic in most entertaining guides: stoners. Bless Ms. Sedaris for writing such a delightful tome for those of us who really can't be as together as Martha (you know who you are). This book is really top-notch and a great gift for the ever-diligent hostess in your life (providing she has a wacky sense of humor). I've purchased one copy of this book before and it wound up leaving with a party guest. Yes, it's so brilliant that I bought it twice. Whoever wound up with my last copy will hopefully invite me to one of their parties and I'll know who did it by the charmingly strange party decor & finger foods they'll employ from this book. Buy it, you can't have my copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    Hilarious AND the perfect guide to living fabulous!

    I've loved Amy Sedaris since she was on the unique show 'Strangers With Candy.' I knew when this book came out that my dinner parties would never be the same. The great thing about this book is that she can make you laugh the entire time you are putting together an inexpensive and unique party. Amy thinks of the most interesting things to bring to the dinner table, and her recipes are fantastic. I love all of the condiments with google eyes and references to her bunny. The pictures are amazing, the book is well written, the drawings are adorable, and yet it looks very DIY because of all of the personal touches on every single page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    a reviewer

    I LIKE YOU isn't a children's book. In fact, unless your parents say you can read it, or you're at least sixteen, I wouldn't recommend it. But if you're a mature teenager who enjoys off-beat humor mixed in with recipes, entertaining tips, and a hodgepodge of other 'homey' ideas, then this is the book for you. 'Hello, and I like you.' According to Ms. Sedaris, this is what you're saying every time you invite someone into your house. Unfortunately, I had originally thought that when I invited people into my house I was saying, 'Hello, sorry my house looks like bohemian children with outrageous hobbies live here.' But, whatever. Amy Sedaris, whom you might recognize from roles in School of Rock, Bewitched, Elf, and Strangers With Candy, has given us a slew of ideas, recipes, and helpful hints for entertaining those people we invite into our home. This over-sized tome is chock full of recipes, from the hors d'oeuvres to the main course to dessert. Mixed in, of course, are witty comments from Ms. Sedaris herself, hilarious photos, and tips on keeping that party spirit alive. If you want to give the perfect gift, for any occasion, to someone you love, show them you like them by handing them a copy of I LIKE YOU. Believe me, everyone will be happy. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka 'The Genius'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    Funny! (but very adult)

    I really like her sense of humor and thought this was hilarious at first glance. There is very good advice for overnight guests like: 'stay somewhere else', or 'don't bring things that need to be buried'. And the advice for dropping by unannounced is not only humourous, it is spot on. But the casual references to drug abuse are a little depressing: the herion/cocaine salt and pepper shakers cross that little line. As did calling recovering abusers boring. There's also an explicit sketch of her bent over examining her nether-regions. (However the thought of my sons sneaking the cookbook up to their bedrooms for a peek--that juxtaposition cracks me up). I gave it a 4, but I wouldn't recommend it if you have kids. Alcohol and drug abuse, no matter how hard you try, just isn't funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    WHAT THE HECK IS THIS BOOK

    WHAT IS IT ABOUT IM TO LAZY TO EVN READ THE DESCRIPTION THE TITLE DOSNT EVEN MATCH THE THEME D=< BOO THID BOOK SUCKS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Hilarious read!

    Enjoyed this very much. It was a quick, funny read. I would have likec moving onto her crafts book but unfortunately it isnt available as a Nook book yet.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

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    Only if you like hilarious

    I got this book one day b/c i find her humor hilarious. You either get it or you dont.......i got it and it was funny as hell.recipes were good too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2010

    So disappointing.

    I bourght the book because I like to entertain. I'm just not great at it and was looking for pointers. The sample seemed great. I was shocked when I purchased the ebook and found the "F.... Bucket". I wish Amy Sedaris only knew how certain words cheapen a person. Sadly within minutes of purchasing the book, I wish I hadn't.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    OK

    It wasn't what I expected. Haven't even really fully read it yet. I thought it was going to be "lighter." There are a lot of recipes and art projects that I will never use. I think she is a funny comedienne, so I was expecting a lot of witty and some silly chapters.

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  • Posted March 24, 2010

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    Fa reakin' Hilarious.

    I don't know how absolutely serious you want to take this, though there are a lot of useful items in it, but it's got a very high entertainment value as far as all of the disriptions go. Amy Sedaris is sarcastic, funny, and can seriously catch you off guard with some of it. You can tell that she had fun when she wrote this, and you will definatly have fun reading it!!

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    the ultimate guide to hosting

    Entertaining with a twist. Not only is this book funny, there are actually recipes and usable ideas for hosting. Some of it is just for fun! Amy has a quirky sense of humor that is infectious. Reading this book feels like stepping into her home. I have my own copy and have given it as gifts also.

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  • Posted December 23, 2008

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    Humor

    This may prove to be the most difficult book I've ever reviewed. It's a cookbook with recipes such as Split Pea Soup, Yogurt Spaghetti, Southern Fried Chicken, Yorkshire Pudding, cakes for special occasions, assorted drinks, as well as instructions on party planning, conversation starters for blind dates, how to give yourself a breast exam, the art of putting on panty hose, and gift ideas for the elderly. Also included are craft ideas such as how to make a needle wallet, a paper clip necklace, brick bookends, and several other useless items. Anecdotes are sprinkled throughout. This might make a unique idea for a quirky hostess gift. Note: contains profanity.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    I LIKE YOU isn't a children's book. In fact, unless your parents say you can read it, or you're at least sixteen, I wouldn't recommend it. But if you're a mature teenager who enjoys off-beat humor mixed in with recipes, entertaining tips, and a hodgepodge of other "homey" ideas, then this is the book for you. <BR/><BR/>"Hello, and I like you." According to Ms. Sedaris, this is what you're saying every time you invite someone into your house. Unfortunately, I had originally thought that when I invited people into my house I was saying, "Hello, sorry my house looks like bohemian children with outrageous hobbies live here." But, whatever. Amy Sedaris, whom you might recognize from roles in School of Rock, Bewitched, Elf, and Strangers With Candy, has given us a slew of ideas, recipes, and helpful hints for entertaining those people we invite into our home. <BR/><BR/>This over-sized tome is chock full of recipes, from the hors d'oeuvres to the main course to dessert. Mixed in, of course, are witty comments from Ms. Sedaris herself, hilarious photos, and tips on keeping that party spirit alive. If you want to give the perfect gift, for any occasion, to someone you love, show them you like them by handing them a copy of I LIKE YOU. Believe me, everyone will be happy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2008

    Great Fun -- and not for the faint of heart

    This book is great fun, irreverent, and a good read. It's not for the prim and proper, or those easily offended by farcical interpretations of life's events. The humor is hilariously adult. This book shows us that everyday life, and most mundane social situations, can be made into fodder for great satirical comedy and a whole different way of looking at entertaining friends, family, strangers . . . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2007

    A reviewer

    Amy Sedaris, ignorant, messed up and only sometimes funny. p. 251 has a caricature of a nuclear missle running with a ricksaw on japanese wooden shoes, with little asian eyes and the words 'Korean Korner' on it. I'm Korean, that's ignorant of our culture. P. 267 there are directions on how to make an eye pillow into a 'CHING CHONG Burrito'-- by 'using mung beans'. Stop. I find this annoying and disparaging to see that in a humor book on 'hospitality', and listed as a top 50 book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    BEST (ENTERTAINING) BOOK EVER!

    HILARIOUS! I have reread this book countless times to truly understand the multiple layers in this book. Her ideas are comedic gold and yet also practical. Furthermore, I have baked her cupcakes for countless friends and received great accolades. LOVE IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2007

    Hilarious

    This isn't an ordinary book. First it's hilarious, along side with being a cookbook, advice for common and unusual situations, and is also chuck full of ideas. Amy Sedaris' humor is very unusual, but I enjoyed it quite a bit! It covers everything from weasling your way into your rich uncle's will to owning a rabbit!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2006

    Sedaris is Hilarious

    Sedaris is very funny in beautifully barbed ways, especially in the way she shares many a truth in jest form. From the front cover to its final bit of amusing advice, this volume is hilarious except for most of the drug-related references that chipped away at the overall triumph of this book. Still, well worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2006

    Funny, strange, and cute, just like Amy!

    This is a great, slightly dirty, yet practical guide to entertaining. For fans of Strangers with Candy and anyone with a flair for entertaining. Amy is Martha Stewart on a muscle relaxer.

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