Fast and Fabulous Dinner Parties

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9780025143708: Fast and Fabulous Dinner Parties

For every occasion and time of the year, Fast and Fabulous Dinner Parties presents a delicious and imaginative menu that can be prepared from one day to as long as three months in advance. Featuring over 220 recipes and 24 original seasonal menus, this indispensable cookbook also offers wine recommendations and tips for making dinners faster and easier to prepare.

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From Publishers Weekly:

While California caterer and cooking teacher Braden ( Fast and Flashy Hors d'Oeuvres ) shares insights and strategies for organizing the often tense and sometimes tumultuous enterprise of giving a dinner party, following her recipes (which comprise the bulk of the book) may tilt even skilled cooks into a tizzy. Many recipes lack portion yields. In fact, one for cheese-stuffed mushrooms in grape leaves is utterly devoid of both the yield and the amounts of ingredients needed. The author also makes the questionable assumption that readers everywhere are familiar with all ingredients. Pickled ginger, grapeseed oil, pasilla peppers and black fungus are each listed as ingredients, with no mention of where to obtain them or what to use as substitutes. (An initial, explanatory "cook's shelf" section, identifying ingredients, is simply a grocery list with no definitions, preparation or storage advice.) And no one should take for granted that readers know how to clean mussels, or how to "rehydrate" dried chili peppers. Equally iffy is the notion that one might be able to choose a "medium hot" dried ancho chili peppersic as recommended. While Braden's recipes are festive, too many are unnecessarily complex. Why fuss with orzo bulgur risotto, when a well-prepared traditional risotto is a culinary joy?
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

Braden is a California caterer and author of Fast and Flashy Hors d'Oeuvres (Acropolis, 1988); here she offers 24 seasonal menus for entertaining, planned down to the last detail. For each menu there are suggestions for flowers and table decoration as well as presentation, timetables for advance preparation, appropriate wines, ideas for variations and leftovers, and a simpler version of the menu itself. Many of the recipes are California/nouvelle in inspiration, so a few seem either too trendy or already passe, but overall this is a good addition to the entertaining genre.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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