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Intimate Gatherings: Great Food for Good Friends

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When it comes to dinner parties, real people are tired of dizzying preparations and unobtainable standards. They want to sit down with a few good friends and take the time to enjoy their company as much as the food. And they want a cookbook that will show them how. That's the cry culinary booksellers Ellen Rose and Jessica Strand kept hearing from their customers at Cook's Library -- so they wrote the book themselves. Here are easy, elegant menus for entertaining just two, four, or six. Arranged by season, they ...
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Overview

When it comes to dinner parties, real people are tired of dizzying preparations and unobtainable standards. They want to sit down with a few good friends and take the time to enjoy their company as much as the food. And they want a cookbook that will show them how. That's the cry culinary booksellers Ellen Rose and Jessica Strand kept hearing from their customers at Cook's Library -- so they wrote the book themselves. Here are easy, elegant menus for entertaining just two, four, or six. Arranged by season, they take advantage of fresh, flavorful ingredients and include helpful make-ahead tips, so even beginners and the chronically busy can host delightful occasions.
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Gathering small groups of people together to share a wonderful meal and the latest news is a great way to relax. Devising the perfect menu for the dinner, however, can be stressful. Intimate Gatherings, illustrated with gorgeous photos, was written for these occasions. Authors Ellen Rose and Jessica Strand have created simple menus for two, four, and six people, arranged by season, that take advantage of ingredients at their peak of flavor and draw from Italian, French, and Mediterranean cuisines. Step-by-step planners and advance preparation guides for each menu make this book particularly useful.
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The first effort by bookseller Rose (founder of Cook's Library in L.A.) and journalist Strand partially succeeds as it offers a dozen menus (three per season, one each for parties of two, four and six people). Although the authors promise that the cook "won't be a slave" to the kitchen and provide a "menu manager" to organize each meal's prep time, some menus give the chef little chance to relax with guests. If one starts preparing Antonia's Cioppino an hour before serving, as is recommended in the instructions, that time will be spent in the kitchen. A few touches may be considered precious: Barbecued Mussels in the Shell, an appetizer on the summer menu for two, calls for squirting white wine on each grilling mollusk with a turkey baster. Plating some of the meals can be quirky, as in two butterflied chickens in Our Favorite Tuscan Grilled Chicken for six. But many of the dishes are elegantly simple and relatively easy to prepare, notably Grilled Shrimp with Garlic Aioli, offering fare that would fully honor the friends of an attentive cook. Among the best: Oven-Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan; Lamb Marinated in Lemon and Garlic with Mint Pesto; and a toothsomely crunchy Autumn Mixed Nut Tart. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811815758
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Rose founded Cook's Library, a bookstore in Los Angeles. She has judged the Julia Child Awards for the past four years.

Jessica Strand has written food and restaurant columns for the Los Angeles Times and contributes to numerous publications, including Wine & Spirits , In Style , and Australian Vogue Entertaining & Travel . She is the author of several books, including Holi

Maura McEvoy is a photographer and mother who lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

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    I love this cookbook. I got this in the mail from a good friend, who has been using this cookbook for years. I go to this cookbook over and over again. I love it. The recipe for lamb is outstanding. The vodka lemonade is addicting! The tomato tart is now a company favorite. I highly recommend this book. Recipes are simple (I think some are missing minor steps, but nothing you can't figure out) but everything comes out very tasty.

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