Williams-Sonoma Entertaining: Easy Entertaining

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Simon and Schuster, May 8, 2006 - Cooking - 144 pages
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Entertaining really can be easy. Whether you are hosting a dinner for a few friends or a cocktail party for a crowd, all you need is a good guide that gives you stylish, reliable recipes that don't require hours in the kitchen and simple hosting secrets that save time and eliminate last-minute stress. You'll find all that and more in Williams-Sonoma Easy Entertaining.

Ten lavishly illustrated chapters offer complete menus for the most popular kinds of entertaining occasions, from a Casual Breakfast and a Backyard Barbecue to a cozy Midweek Dinner, a Wine & Cheese Party, and a Celebratory Buffet. Each chapter includes recipes, tips, shopping notes, step-by-step style ideas, and a detailed work plan, as well as beautiful photographs illustrating inspired serving presentations. Simply put, you'll find everything you need to know to entertain with confidence and style, and it's all stunningly easy.

The more than 45 recipes offer fresh, flavorful dishes and drinks reinvented for the way real people cook today. You'll discover such appealing ideas as Creamed Broccoli Leek Soup, Roasted Halibut with Chive Butter and Caviar, and luscious Chocolate Espresso Crèmes made with just four ingredients. The menus offer tips on shortcuts and take full advantage of today's popular prepared foods, showing you how to add easy touches to make them your own. There are also reference sections packed with helpful guidelines for party planning, shopping, decorating, and organizing your time and home.

Williams-Sonoma Easy Entertaining is all about achieving one simple, irresistible goal: take the stress -- and much of the work -- out of entertaining so that you can relax and enjoy the company of your friends and family.

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About the author (2006)

George Doleseis a California-based author and stylist specializing in food and home-life photography. Working together with associate food stylist Elisabet der Nederlanden, he has contributed to numerous American and international cookbooks, magazines, and advertising campaigns. Dolese received an IACP writing award for his work on Williams-Sonoma Entertaining.

A treasured American icon, Chuck Williams opened the first Williams-Sonoma store in the town of Sonoma in 1956, later moving it to San Francisco. His humble shop has now grown to more than 260 stores across the country. Under his watchful eye, more than 300 branded cookbooks have been published to date. America's best-loved brand of cookbooks have sold over 32 million copies.

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