Perfect Party Food: All the Recipes and Tips You'll Ever Need for Stress-Free Entertaining from the Diva of Do-Ahead

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Perfect Party Food is the ultimate resource for throwing every kind of party imaginable, from casual get-togethers to elegant soirees to festive bashes. Phillips outlines her do-ahead approach to entertaining and offers 500 recipes, from appetizers to desserts, that can be made ahead of time so most of the work is done before the party begins.
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Overview

Perfect Party Food is the ultimate resource for throwing every kind of party imaginable, from casual get-togethers to elegant soirees to festive bashes. Phillips outlines her do-ahead approach to entertaining and offers 500 recipes, from appetizers to desserts, that can be made ahead of time so most of the work is done before the party begins.
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If readers walk away with just one lesson from this hulking volume, it's that planning is essential when you're entertaining guests. Cooking teacher Phillips reinforces that point throughout this manual, in both her recipes and her miscellaneous advice on setting a table, arranging food and more. She includes more than 600 recipes, each one serving 10 to 12 guests, and each containing do-ahead components that can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen (many recipes can be completely cooked advance). The recipes are generally simple, though no less appealing, and include dips and spreads, "small bites" like Pigs in a Blanket and Prosciutto Pinwheels, salads, side dishes, main dishes, breads, beverages and desserts (there's also a chapter on breakfast and brunch). Phillips's advice on how much food readers will need is helpful, as are her "diva rescues" tips (e.g., what to do if extra people show up for the party; if your rice burns; if your layer cake "looks like Mt. Etna erupting"; etc.). Encompassing casual, "grazing," holiday, informal and elegant events, this book will be essential for novices and may also teach some old dogs new tricks. Illus. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781558322608
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 322,172
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.46 (d)

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

    Planning a Party? You Will Enjoy Using This Recipe Book!

    If you're looking for a practical and taste-tempting breakfast, salad, side, meat, beverage, appetizer, or dessert party recipe, you're sure to find one here. This book is very well laid out; each recipe (there are hundreds) is an easy, quick read and identifies what you can do ahead, including how long recipe items can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Other helpful hints include recipe variations and coding as to whether the recipe would work best for a casual, informal, elegant, holiday, and/or "grazing" party. Cheers for a book that will be a welcome addition to any kitchen library!

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