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A cross between a cookbook and a historic Peoplemagazine, this book from master chef Shirk encompasses both easy recipes for entertaining and stories about past and present celebrities. There are five basic party themes and 26 distinct affairs, and as this work is all about parties, many of the recipes are for hors d'oeuvres and finger foods. Tales about well-known "wild" women are loosely related to the themes in each chapter. The recipes are simple and coordinate well with one another within the same menu. One menu suggests purchasing entrée dishes from a restaurant, deli, or grocery store, while the hostess focuses her limited time on a special dessert. Although the book title and chapter titles imply the book is for women, it would be a good starter cookbook for men, especially those wishing to throw a carefree party. Recommended for libraries looking for basic party cookbooks.