Party procrastinators need no longer hesitate-this cookbook/party planner removes the guesswork and anxiety from throwing their own shindig. Along with food stylist Cindie Flannigan and cookbook author Martha Hopkins (InterCourses), Vivaldo, a professional caterer for more than 20 years, has designed nine full menus for 12, 25, 50, and 75 guests. Menu themes include "Asian Inspiration," "Arabian Nights," and "On-the-Beach Luau," with dishes ranging from Egg Rolls with Sweet and Sour Sauce to Marrakech Chicken, all of which are simple to make. For each menu and party size, Vivaldo provides a shopping list of ingredients that can be purchased well in advance and another for last-minute purchases of perishable items. In addition to recipes, there are time-saving techniques, money-saving ideas, and proposals for advance preparation. Table coverings, equivalent charts, glossaries of cheese and wine, and, most important, food and kitchen safety are also highlighted. Featuring full-color tables and contrasting sidebars, the layout is eminently readable. Additional photos of finished meals would have added to the book's appeal, but this is a small flaw. Highly recommended for all public librares.-Ann Weber, Bellarmine Coll. Prep. Lib., San Jose, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.