Secrets of Entertaining, 3rd: Pamper Your Guests, Your Home, and Yourself

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Gail Greco, executive producer and host of the national PBS-TV series Country Inn Cooking with Gail Greco, has traveled to America's country inns and B&Bs in search of unique entertaining ideas. This book features hundreds of innovative tips for cooking, decorating, and gardening and explains how to turn a home into a sanctuary for both you and your guests.Whether you're entertaining for one or a hundred or trying to create romance for that special someone, you'll find this book essential to creating the ...
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Gail Greco, executive producer and host of the national PBS-TV series Country Inn Cooking with Gail Greco, has traveled to America's country inns and B&Bs in search of unique entertaining ideas. This book features hundreds of innovative tips for cooking, decorating, and gardening and explains how to turn a home into a sanctuary for both you and your guests.Whether you're entertaining for one or a hundred or trying to create romance for that special someone, you'll find this book essential to creating the perfect settings. Discover tips for: personalizing your home; planning for adventuresome days and enchanted evenings; indulging in afternoon tea with friends; enjoying the rewards of a garden; pampering friends and family. (5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 288 pages, recipes)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762708420
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Creating a Space for the Heart ix
Chapter 1 Happy to Give: A Home in Anticipation of Company 1
The Pampering Spirit 3
A Haven for Their Private Passions 12
Setting Up the Guest Room 12
Bedtime Stories 15
Little Affections 19
Bathed in Delights 23
Scent-sational Flourishings 26
Remains of the Day 29
Chapter 2 Rhapsodies of Romance: Whimsies, Adventures, and Elegant Gestures 31
Fun and Flirty 32
Intimate Surprises 34
Passion on the Move 35
Aglow at Home 38
Keeping It Hot 39
Passages to Romantic Spaces 40
Recipes for Romance 42
Embracing the Mood 43
Melodious Interludes 45
Lasting Impressions 46
Love Inn-spired 48
Chapter 3 Life's Little Treasures: Soothing Moments and Simple Pleasures 49
Soothing Moments 52
Sharing Hands and Hearts 56
Favorite Things 59
Along the Garden Path 63
The Luxury of Comfortable Things 66
Chapter 4 Oh, To Be in the Garden: A Wonderful Missive Digs Up New Ways to See Things 69
The Promises of a Garden 71
Everblooming Expressions 74
In Bloom with the Past 76
Chapter 5 Where All Hearts Gather: Enhancements from the Kitchen to the Table 81
Ardent Lessons 84
The Kitchen Emporium 87
The Art of Getting Ready 93
A Lovingly Tended Table 97
Centerpieces 97
Candles 100
Place Cards 101
Tablecloths 102
Place Mats 104
Napkins and Napkin Rings 107
Uncommon Touches 110
Garnishes 115
Bouquets for the Cook 117
Posies for the Palate 120
Chapter 6 Keeping the Romance in Cooking: Artful Ways to Spend Time in the Kitchen 125
Gateway to a Beautiful Day: Breakfast 127
Portable Feasts 141
Indulgent Interludes: Appetizers, Snacks, Beverages 144
The Center of Attention: Entrees 156
Sweet Endings 167
The Magic of Muffin Making 178
Chapter 7 It's Tea Time: Brewing Friendly Chats and Leaves That Talk 181
A Pot Full of Memories 183
Bestowing the Beverage 186
Enchanting Teas 189
Timeless Brews 192
Scones, Tea Cakes, and Breads 195
Pies, Cakes, and Sweets 201
Sumptuous Savories 208
Coffee Perks 211
Wine Wisdom 212
Chapter 8 The Joy of Decorating: Creating Adventurous and Peaceable Places 215
Timeless Points of View 216
Sweet Partnerships 219
Fresh Imagination with Paper 220
Painted Impressions 223
Look-Out Spaces 227
Bright Ideas 229
A Decorous Mix 230
Aloft in Romance 233
Reverie with Old Things 236
Keeping Decor in Tow 240
Chapter 9 Bringing Home the Season: A Gathering of Quiet Pleasures, Thoughtful Feasts, and Days of Grace 243
Keeping the Holiday Spirit 243
Valentine's Day 247
Saint Patrick's Day 248
Easter 248
Memorial Day 250
Independence Day 251
Halloween 251
Thanksgiving 252
Christmas 253
The Charms of Christmas 253
Christmas Trees 256
Table Adornments 257
Sweets 258
New Year's Eve 258
Special Parties 259
Directory of Inns 266
Index 272
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2005

    I LOVE this book!

    I can't begin to tell you how many times I took this book out from the NYC public library, then I decided to just go buy the book. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to entertain, would like to entertain or is afraid of entertaining or even just wants to make your home a little more inviting for your other half. It's full of great quick ideas. I really enjoy this book.

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