Martha Stewart's Menus for Entertaining

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A must-have for Martha fanciers.” —People

“When Martha Stewart talks, holiday entertainers should listen.” —San Francisco Examiner

“Stewart really knows how to put together dishes that complement one another.” —Washington Post

Enjoy 20 complete menus with more than 150 deliciously diverse recipes


Celebrating Spring
Pink Peony Dinner Party
Hors d’Oeuvres in the Garden
A Small but Special Baby Shower
Spicy Thai Lunch
Louisiana Seafood Feast
North Carolina Barbecue
Crabs and Corn on the Beach
Tuscan Buffet Outdoors
The Best Clambake
Surprisingly Simple Chinese
“Fried Green Tomatoes” Brunch
Midsummer Fiesta
Pasta for a Crowd
Halloween’s “Ghoulish” Pleasures
Thanksgiving at Turkey Hill
Holiday Dessert Buffet
A Birthday Dinner of Gifts
New Traditions for Christmas
Come for Champagne and Caviar

For the entire generation that is rediscovering the pleasures of hospitality, Martha Stewart offers 20 complete menus for gatherings large and small, casual and sophisticated--all reflecting an elegantly relaxed approach to entertaining in the '90s. 300 full-color photographs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Just when you thought the lavish style of '80s-era entertaining was gone forever, Stewart (Martha Stewart's New Old House) releases another book destined to make party-givers want to blow up balloons and repolish their candelabras. Though she claims in her introduction that she now prefers simpler foods and fixings, Stewart's mashed potatoes still call for a stick of butter, a quarter cup of heavy cream and a cup of softened cream cheese. ``Light'' this isn't, but preparation and menus are indeed more spare than in the author's earlier efforts. In 20 chapters, she gives step-by-step instructions for assembling a theme party-whether a spicy Thai lunch or a fried green tomatoes brunch. Gone are the gilded pumpkins of yore; instead, Stewart's Halloween party calls for pumpkins stuffed with a savory mix of vegetables and chicken, topped with puff pastry and served with a cognac cream sauce on the side. Yet some of the rusticity espoused in the recipes verges on artificial: a country ham is to be baked atop a bed of grass. For the millions of urbanites who love her style, but cannot find an organic tussock, Stewart fails to suggest a substitute-say, a couple of bunches of parsley. But most of her fans will find this book inspiring and unintimidating. Author tour. (Nov.)
Publishers Weekly
Once again, Martha Stewart amazes-and perhaps intimidates-with her picture-perfect collection of menus for entertaining. This volume reveals a "simplified approach," Stewart says. Of course, this comes from a woman who, as a working mother two decades ago, made "pound after pound of sweet butter pate feuilletee, and pressed by hand virtually hundreds of tiny tart shells." Her North Carolina Barbecue, which features Kitty Murphy's Brunswick Stew, a hearty chicken dish, and Roquefort Potato Salad ("I always buy the real French variety," Stewart reveals) stars the daintiest pulled pork imaginable, looking as precious as watercress when piled on soft buns. (Home cooks should not be disappointed when their pork turns out looking a bit less delicate.) The Best Clambake, handsomely photographed on a beach in East Hampton, requires hickory logs and galvanized tubs; Martha also drags to the beach a special grill that "was made especially for me by an Argentinian polo player." But for all the labor-intensive Martha-ness about this volume, the menus she describes are both delicious and inspiring. The events featured are high concept (pasta made to order-for 20 guests), but the dishes themselves are relatively uncomplicated. So while it's unlikely that most cooks will want to organize the entire Surprisingly Simple Chinese feast, with its two whole fishes and 14 accompanying dishes, if they take a recipe here and a recipe there from Martha's varied and easy-to-follow collection, they'll create a meal sure to impress almost anyone-perhaps even Martha herself. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Since the magazine Martha Stewart Living has a circulation of 750,000 and her weekly television show is carried in 132 markets, you can expect a huge audience for this new work. Stewart offers 22 complete menus for every occasion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400046607
  • Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 10/15/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 937,701
  • Product dimensions: 8.03 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart

MARTHA STEWART is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the Emmy-winning, daily national syndicated program, and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which publishes several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living; produces Martha Stewart Living Radio, channel 112 on SIRIUS Satellite Radio; and provides a wealth of ideas and information on

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