Kitchen Revelry: A Year of Festive Menus from My Home to Yours

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A month-by-month culinary scrapbook that brings out the reveler in every home cook

 

Ali Larter is a busy actress, well known for her roles on the NBC show Heroes and in movies such as Varsity Blues and Legally Blonde. But when not on set, she is usually throwing a dinner party or entertaining at home. In fact, Ali has been cooking and entertaining all her life, and in an instant, she can whip together a wonderful meal, ...

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Overview

A month-by-month culinary scrapbook that brings out the reveler in every home cook

 

Ali Larter is a busy actress, well known for her roles on the NBC show Heroes and in movies such as Varsity Blues and Legally Blonde. But when not on set, she is usually throwing a dinner party or entertaining at home. In fact, Ali has been cooking and entertaining all her life, and in an instant, she can whip together a wonderful meal, whether it’s for a family Sunday brunch, a spontaneous Super Bowl party, or an elegant (but not stuffy) New Year’s Eve dinner. Her parties seem effortless, but it hasn't always been that easy for her. In fact, at Ali’s first dinner party, she made the common rookie mistake of putting too much pressure on herself to make things perfect. Needless to say, with hungry guests, a burned hand, a broken air conditioner, and a mouse scampering across her fourth-floor New York City walk-up, the night ended in disaster.

Through the years of trial and error, Ali has learned that while looking effortless takes some effort, cooking is not about being perfect—it's about having a great time! And now she’s eager to share her passion and knowledge for cooking, collecting her favorite go-to menus into this wonderful cookbook: from her jalapeño cheddar cornbread to crab pots with lemon caper dip, lamb chop lollipops, strawberry mint cake, and for thirsty revelers, her eucalyptus gin martinis.

Ali's mouthwatering recipes and inspiring party ideas are broken down by month so you can take her lead through the seasons with celebrations such as an October Harvest Party, a January Detox, and a July Americana BBQ. Brimming with charm, beautiful and intimate photos, and Ali's personal touch as a perfectly disheveled, sassy, effortless host, Kitchen Revelry will enliven and inspire your celebrations for years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Kitchen Revelry is a perfect reflection of that quintessential dinner party—all your favorite friends at one table, toasts made with perfectly concocted cocktails, and conversations that are as savored as the cuisine itself. If anyone knows how to throw that party, it's Ali! Congrats on a beautiful book." —Giada De Laurentiis

"As I read through the pages of Kitchen Revelry, I began to smile as well as get extremely hungry. I started imagining which friends I would cook which dishes for. Ali's ideas and recipes are fun, well explained, and easy to perfectly execute, taking the stress out of the whole process leaving you to not only host your party but enjoy it as well, which is the point after all, isn't it!" Johnny Iuzzini, James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and author of Dessert Fourplay

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250036353
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 137,824
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

ALI LARTER is an actress and year-round reveler. She lives in Los Angeles, where she hosts her ritual dinner parties and legendary get-togethers. Ali shares her celebrations with her husband, Hayes MacArthur; her son, Teddy; Jackpot, the shepherd; and Ella, the wheaton.

For nearly twenty years, AMY NEUNSINGER’S photography has defined some of America's most influential brands, such as Martha Stewart Living, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target, and Kohl's. Amy's published books include Shabby Chic Interiors, Weeknights with Giada, Sandwiches + Twist of the Wrist, and Summertime Anytime Cookbook. Amy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young sons.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

September

Cooking School

                        Vodka Martini with Cerignola Olive

Charcuterie

Classic French Omelet

Shallot Vinaigrette with Simple Salad

Roasted Chicken

Turkey Braciole

New York Steak with Herb Butter

Ricotta Meatballs with Chianti Sauce

Cauliflower-Reggiano Puree

German Chocolate Cupcakes

Savoring the Last Bites of Summer

                        Agua Fresca

Shrimp with Feta and Mint

Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam

Balsamic Fig Chutney

October

Harvest Party

            Pinot Noir

                        Butternut soup with crispy sage

Kale salad with pecorino and truffle vinaigrette

Short ribs with grated horseradish

Cauliflower reggiano puree

Apple crostata with Aged Gouda

Full Moon Party

                        Oak leaf lettuce Salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Largered Turkey Chili  

 Jalapeno cheddar skillet cornbread with maple syrup drizzle

Spiked Hot Chocolate 

November

Out of Town Guest

                        Ginger carrot muffins

Skillet Eggs with smoked bacon and spinach

Berries with yogurt and mint

Espresso affogato

Friends Thanksgiving

                        Butternut squash soup

Kale salad with pecorino and truffle vinaigrette

Herb buttered turkey with clementines

Cranberries with orange zest

Buttermilk mashed potatoes

Rustic Sausage and fennel stuffing

Green bean casserole with wild mushrooms

Pumpkin pie with gingersnap cookie crust

Next Day Turkey Soup

December

Tree Trimming Cocktail Party

                        Eucalyptus gin Martinis

Charcuterie

Pancetta gougeres

Endive spears with truffle honey

Dark chocolate fondue with kettle chips

Candy cane crunch cookies

New Year’s Eve Dinner

                        Champagne and Buttery Chardonnays

Fondue with Sunchokes

Crab pots with Lemon Aioli

Champagne lobster risotto

Winter lettuces topped pomegranate seeds

Port wine poached pears

January

Detox

Beet and carrot juice

Green juice with lemon

Pineapple, cucumber, coconut water and mint

Arugula with Beets and Blood Oranges

Carrot ginger soup

Almond milk, dates, cinnamon and nutmeg

Almond meal cookies

Lavender and Lime Salt Scrub

Ylang Ylang Sugar Scrub

Exotic Supper

                        Chai tea latte

Warm spiced olives

Carrots with Savory Yogurt

Moroccan Tagine with preserved lemons

Apricot couscous

Vegan chocolate truffles

February

Couples Valentines

                        Charcuterie

Caesar salad with homemade croutons

Gourmet pizzas

Dark chocolate fondue with strawberries

Super Bowl

                        Bloody Mary Bar

Stilton Dip with Crisp Celery

Goat Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

Chicken Cheesesteaks with Caramelized Onions and Fennel

Good Girl Gone Bad Cookie Shakes

March

Movie Night Meals

                        Tlapeno soup

Sizzling Brown rice bowls

Eggplant towers with ground lamb and yogurt sauce

Filet with Au Poivre Sauce

Nutella macaroons

Slumber Party

                        Whiskey Sours

Buttermilk ranch wedge

Kettle chip and crème fraiche baked onion rings

Ultimate Whiskey Bacon cheeseburger

Macadamia nut cookies (Candy Cane crunch with different flavors)

April

Alfresco Lunch

                        Blush Lemonade

Baby Mac’s Organic Granola

Spring Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Fresh Mint

Ficelle Sandwiches with Roasted Turkey, Brie, and Fig Chutney

Spring Clothing Swap

                        Sauvignon Blanc

Charcuterie

Mushroom medley on olive crostini

Mache with truffle vinaigrette

Scallops with jalapeno on purple sticky rice

May

Earth Mother Brunch

                        Peppermint and Lemon Verbena Tea

White Peach Bellini

Crudités with Arugula Pesto

Crostini with Smashed Pea Puree and Pecorino

Lump Crab in Lettuce Cups

Leek and Asparagus Crustless Quiche

Triple Berry Buttermilk Upside Down Cake

Bar Was a Bust

                        Goat Cheese with Olive Tapenade

Spinach Salad with Pancetta Vinaigrette

Roasted Tomato Linguine

Lemon Sgroppino

June

Wine Tasting

                        French Wines

Charcuterie

Crudités

Butter Lettuce with Shallot Vinaigrette

Bouillabaisse with Saffron Aioli Crostini

Plum Tarte Tatin

El Diablo

                        Jalapeño Margarita

Guacamole Salsa

Poblano Chorizo Quesadillas

Mahi Mahi Tacos with Nectarine Salsa

Slaw with Toasted Pepitas

Tequila-Marinated Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon

July

Americana BBQ

Tequila, lime agave and club soda

Colorful heirlooms with crumbled bleu

French Potato salad

BBQ chicken with Jersey peach BBQ sauce

Grilled asparagus and Portobello mushroom

Corn of the cob with herb butter

Blueberry crumble and vanilla ice cream

Dusk on the Patio

Lillet

Halibut with romesco sauce and fingerling potatoes

Zucchini carpaccio with manchego

Berries with spiked whip

August

Midsummer Night’s Dream

                        Rosé Champagne with Vodka-Infused Raspberries

Fig ,Mascarpone, and Prosciutto Crostini

Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Bruschetta

Ratatouille with Reggiano

Lamb Chop Lollipops

Strawberry Mint Cake

Tuesday Night No Reason

                        Tsing Tao

Lime Cup Shooters

BLTs with Burrata and Pickled Onions

Melon Gazpacho

Index

Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    I LOVE this book. It'd be a fun book for an adventurous beginnin

    I LOVE this book. It'd be a fun book for an adventurous beginning, otherwise a great fit for an intermediate or more advanced home cook. Ali definitely knows her way around the kitchen, and everything I've made is delicious (the short ribs and crostata were big hits). Plus, the book is drop-dead beautiful!

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

    Clearly the person who said "it doesn't have cool pics"

    Clearly the person who said "it doesn't have cool pics" has not actually looked at this cookbook. I just bought this book a couple of weeks ago and the pictures couldn't be more stunning. Also, upon first perusing through her recipes, they seem daunting. But once I got through her Skillet Eggs with Smoked Bacon and Spinach, I saw that she set them all up in a way that's easy to follow. Granted, she's no Julia Child, but girlfriend knows her way around the kitchen. Definitely recommend and definitely will be making her pumpkin pie with gingersnap cookie crust this Thanksgiving!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Boring bbro

    It is so boring. It doen'thave cool pics!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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