How do you throw a party without stressing out? Plan ahead and do-ahead. This entertaining guide from Diane Phillips, the Diva of Do-Ahead, with help you get out of the kitchen and into your own party. She presents nearly 500 recipes that can all be made ahead of timesome days and even weeksthat taste delicious, and are designed to be served buffet style. Handy icons show which recipes are just right for a backyard barbecue, an elegant cocktail party, or an all-night blow-out bash. Dozens of menu suggestions, templates for figuring out the menu range and quantities, easy decorating tips, and guidelines for stocking a bar complete this essential guide to entertaining.
|Publisher:||Harvard Common Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)|
About the Author
Diane Phillips is the author of several cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-nominated Perfect Party Food, Happy Holidays from the Diva of Do-Ahead, The Perfect Basket, The Ultimate Rotisserie Cookbook, and The Soup Mix Gourmet. She is also a product spokesperson, consultant to the food industry, and culinary educator. She teaches her easy, elegant, do-ahead approach at cooking schools all over the country and in France, and has appeared numerous times on television.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thanks to this book, Perfect Party Food which truly seems to live up to the long explanatory subtitle (that every book seems required to have these days), "All the Recipes and Tips You'll Ever Need for Stress-Free Entertaining from the Diva of Do-Ahead."Every single recipe serves 10-12 people and has at the very least several steps that can be done up to two days ahead of time. Tips are scattered throughout, some of which I already know but others which scatter are quite new to me and seem simple common sense now that I have read them.These days my large group cooking seems to be done for big groups of teenagers and I could see this coming in handy, depending on how much effort I feel like putting into it. However, in the nearby future I can anticipate the possibility of cooking for a marriage retreat, a potluck parish celebration of our patron saint, and our parish youth ministry.This book is going to have some test runs done on half recipes (to simply feed our family) to check out the viability of the "do aheads."Because if they work? Maybe we'll actually have large groups of friends over. Something I remember from our dim past and that we loved to do before the labor of kids and volunteer activities made entertaining seem like just one more job.
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!