Nathalie Dupree's Comfortable Entertaining: At Home with Ease and Grace

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In Comfortable Entertaining, Nathalie Dupree has written the book that gives us permission-at long last-to entertain in a less-than-perfect world. A much-loved cookbook and television personality, Dupree has thrown parties on rooftops and in tiny apartments, planned galas for hundreds, and put on last-minute get-togethers. Comfortable Entertaining is the book that shows us how to do what Dupree does best-create spontaneous hospitality and great food.

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Overview


In Comfortable Entertaining, Nathalie Dupree has written the book that gives us permission-at long last-to entertain in a less-than-perfect world. A much-loved cookbook and television personality, Dupree has thrown parties on rooftops and in tiny apartments, planned galas for hundreds, and put on last-minute get-togethers. Comfortable Entertaining is the book that shows us how to do what Dupree does best-create spontaneous hospitality and great food.

This full-range cookbook and entertaining guide features twenty-six full menus, from holiday classics to an eye-popping formal dinner party for eight, from soup parties and brunches to more casual meals and salad lunches. Dupree displays colorful and attractive napkin and tablecloth arrangements, explains how to seat feuding guests, and tells us what to do when dinner burns to a crisp minutes before the guests arrive (order out!). Illustrated throughout with color photographs and packed with 250 life-is-not-perfect recipes, Comfortable Entertaining is as friendly, inspiring, and down-to-earth as a cookbook can get.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In a world that has become too complicated, Nathalie's down-to-earth advice sorts out what's really important about providing hospitality."—Country Living

"Good advice on setting realistic goals, developing hospitality skills, making plans and creating menus."—Associated Press Newswire

"Whether your style is casual or dressy, you'll find a wealth of information for successful parties. . . . The book is designed to show what Dupree does best-create spontaneous hospitality and wonderful food."—Los Angeles Daily News

“Laced with bits of cooking lore, anecdotes, and brimming with cheerful encouragement, Dupree’s latest advances the welcoming traditions of Southern hospitality.”—Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In entertaining at home, Dupree tells her readers, "perfection isn't the goal... the goal is your comfort and the comfort of your guests." This new collection from the TV cooking show host and prolific author (Nathalie Dupree Cooks Quick Meals for Busy Days, etc.), a companion volume to an upcoming 28-part series on PBS, gives home hosts the culinary and organizational techniques needed to entertain successfully. After outlining planning, preparation, presentation and participation strategies in the first, long and helpful chapter, she offers 26 menus with more than 250 recipes featuring Sit Down Meals, Fork Meals, Finger Meals (think Tortilla Party), Holidays and Core Recipes. With her usual mix of warmth, practicality and flexibility, Dupree suggests a range of ideas from a simple Fruit Plate to multistep Moroccan Chicken B'stilla made in advance with many ingredients. With suggestions from Shrimp and Fennel Risotto to Semisweet Chocolate Pie, Dupree comforts and informs, helping readers carve a melon basket, get the lumps out of gelatin and pull a dinner party out of the hat with two hours' notice. Laced with bits of cooking lore, anecdotes and brimming with cheerful encouragement, Dupree's latest advances the welcoming traditions of Southern hospitality. Author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Dupree (Nathalie Dupree Cooks Quick Meals for Busy Days, LJ 2/15/96) has been the host of numerous television cooking shows; this book is the companion volume to a PBS series starting this fall. Her intent is to make entertaining unintimidating, and she includes lots of useful material on planning, budgeting, presentation, and more, along with often-amusing anecdotes and cautionary tales from her own experiences. Menus range from Three Simple Suppers to an Eye-Popping Menu for Eight to a Buffet for 12 to 50 in Four Hours; surprisingly, the recipes within a particular menu don't always "match" in terms of number of servings. The true novice may find Elaine Corn's Now You're Cooking for Company (LJ 9/15/96) more helpful, but Dupree's more ambitious menus and informative text should appeal to many readers-and her new series is sure to be popular. [Good Cook/BOMC selection.] Marks's The World of Jewish Cooking (LJ 9/15/96) was a wide-ranging exploration of Jewish food, culture, and culinary history; now he has written a guide to Jewish entertaining equally broad in scope. Marks includes religious holidays rarely mentioned in similar cookbooks, and his family celebrations range from A Middle Eastern Wedding Shower to A Southern Jewish Family Reunion. Marks, both a rabbi and former editor of Kosher Gourmet, provides a lot of information in a straightforward, readable style, starting with "A Guide for the Perplexed Host." Chapter introductions, headnotes, and boxes cover religious as well as culinary history and include many suggestions to make entertaining easier. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820345130
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 490,054
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Recipient of the Cordon Bleu Advanced Certificate and known for her teaching expertise, Nathalie Dupree has hosted more than three hundred top-rated television cooking shows on PBS, the Learning Channel, Star TV, and the Food Network. She founded Rich's Cooking School in 1972 and has taught more than ten thousand students around the world. She is the author of eleven cookbooks, including New Southern Cooking and Nathalie Dupree's Southern Memories (both Georgia) and her most recent, Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, Jack Bass.
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