Real Life Entertaining: Easy Recipes and Unconventional Wisdom (Google eBook)
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
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.
Real Life Entertaining : Easy Recipes and Unconventional WisdomUser Review - Book Verdict
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 for a variety of casual occasions, from "Drop-in Dinners" to "Lunch Buffets" to "Dinner for a Crowd." Each section opens with "Essentials," from the basic concept to how to set the mood to "the ultimate sign of success." She includes helpful tips throughout, along with sidebars on real life versus conventional wisdom on entertaining. Rubell writes with enthusiasm, but some of the recipes seem problematic (e.g., garlic-roasted chicken breasts would surely be overcooked after one hour in a 400-degree oven, while the garlic in Chicken with Garlic and Rosemary-the cloves from four heads cooked in a hot pan for just ten minutes-is likely to be undercooked). Nevertheless, this is an engaging book that will no doubt be in demand.
MIDDLE EASTERN beauty
ITALIAN STREET FAIR lunch
PARK AVENUE luncheon
SIMPLE ELEGANT so south of france
SUMMER tuna spectacular
A REAL roast
STEAK surprising spuds and heavenly sprouts
RED WINE and bruschetta
BELLINIS AND openfaced sandwiches
BEER COCKTAILS and wings
CHAMPAGNE AND tasting spoons
NEW YORK brunch
SIMPLE CHIC brunch
FANCY french toast brunch