Real Life Entertaining: Easy Recipes and Unconventional Wisdom (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Aug 24, 2010 - Cooking - 192 pages
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Forget the perfectly pressed linen. Forget the name cards at every guest's place. Forget the full bar, the four-course meal, and all the fussy little details that supposedly make parties divine. Who has the house, the money, or the time to throw that kind of party, anyway?

In Real Life Entertaining, Jennifer Rubell offers break-the-rules entertaining ideas and quick, easy, stylish recipes for last-minute drop-in dinners, sit-down meals, brunches, buffets, and one-pot meals. Conventional wisdom says it's rude to invite someone to dinner on the same day. Jennifer's real life wisdom says it's never rude to invite guests to your home. The worst that will happen is that they'll be busy and say no. Conventional wisdom says never serve the same meal that you offered guests the last time. Jennifer says if you've got a signature dish, flaunt it!

Jennifer incorporates her relaxed, lively style into a variety of festive themes, from an evening of red wine and bruschetta, to a New York-style brunch, to a one-pot meal of the easiest -- and tastiest! -- meatballs you'll ever make. The recipes are simple and the ingredients lists are short, so you can whip up party-friendly fare such as Thai Chicken Wings, Sesame-Mint Pita Chips, and Grilled Shrimp with Garlic and Citrus in mere minutes.

With Jennifer's expert party tricks, plus full-color photographs throughout, Real Life Entertaining is the ultimate go-to party guide. Jennifer will show you how to get your guests to pitch in and how to make sure that you have as much fun as the people you've invited. Never again will you panic at the prospect of a party.

  

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Real Life Entertaining : Easy Recipes and Unconventional Wisdom

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Owner of several boutique hotels in Miami and in Washington, DC, Rubell writes about entertaining for such magazines asDomino andFood & Wine . In her first book, she offers suggestions and guidelines ... Read full review

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A gorgeous cookbook with stunning photos. I like the grouping of recipes into makes-sense menus and the party tricks. Each "chapter" is introduced with planning tips: who to invite, how far in advance, what beverages go with the meals and why Rubell chose the recipes - a nice personal touch. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
dropin DINNERS
THE essentials
RUSTIC CHICKEN night
WEEKDAY pasta and salad
SALMON STEAKSand potatoes
MIAMI shrimp grill
sitdown DINNERS
FAMILY brunch
lunch BUFFETS
THE essentials
SALAD trifecta
MIDDLE EASTERN beauty
ITALIAN STREET FAIR lunch
PARK AVENUE luncheon
onepot MEALS

THE essentials
SIMPLE ELEGANT so south of france
SUMMER tuna spectacular
A REAL roast
STEAK surprising spuds and heavenly sprouts
getTOGETHERS
THE essentials
RED WINE and bruschetta
BELLINIS AND openfaced sandwiches
BEER COCKTAILS and wings
CHAMPAGNE AND tasting spoons
brunch
THE essentials
NEW YORK brunch
SIMPLE CHIC brunch
FANCY french toast brunch
THE essentials
dinner for a CROWD
THE essentials
SO southoffrance
MEXICAN madness
SOUTHERN love
THE splurge
desserts
THE essentials
PUTTING YOUR kitchen together
EQUIPMENT
index
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Copyright
About the Publisher
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Jennifer Rubell is the owner of several boutique hotels in Miami and Washington, D.C. She is the entertainment columnist for the Miami Herald's Home & Design magazine and the contributing food editor for Domino magazine, and has written about food and entertaining for a variety of national publications, including Food & Wine, Vogue, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. She also helps to oversee the world-renowned Rubell Family Collection of contemporary art in Miami. Jennifer divides her time between New York, Aspen, and Miami.

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