Etiquette, Parties & Entertaining Books
Raymond Blanc is renowned for his exquisite cuisine and here he has chosen 100 sensational, but easily achievable recipes that will wow your guests and impress your friends. From a simple, but classic French Onion Soup or Coq au Vin to the finest Roast Rib of Beef or Pork Fillet with Onion and Garlic Puree and not forgetting desserts - a perfect Black Cherry Tart or Strawberry Sorbet, this book will become the first book to turn to when you need a meal to impress, whether for a weekend banquet or weeknight feast.
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Shine your silver and smarten up your small talk, good manners are back in style. Whether you're at the races or attending a festival, inviting friends to a dinner party via enchanting notecard or Facebook, this charming little guide will teach you how best to cut a dash about town.
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A mouthwatering collection of recipes for small bites and fingerfood - ideal for serving at parties or any social gathering, large or small. Ideas for fresh light bites for summer entertaining include Smoked Aubergine Puree with Feta Cheese and Pomegranate in Chicory Boats; Ceviche of Seabass with Avocado and Chipotle Dressing; and Grilled Peach, Mozzarella and Parma Ham Bites. Warmly spiced Asian-style canapes, ideal for cocktail parties, include Seared Beef Tataki Spoons with Miso Sauce and Spring Onions and Laksa Marinated Prawn Skewers. Ideas for festive gatherings include Stilton with Red Wine Poached Pear on Walnut Toast; Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Watercress and Beet Rolls; Glazed Baked Chestnuts Wrapped in Bacon; and Persian Sausage Rolls with Pistachios. For those with a sweet tooth there are Rose and Raspberry Profiteroles, Cocoa Nib and Salted Caramel Brownies, and Mini Donut Balls on Coffee Shots.
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How do you get rid of unwanted guests? What do you do if there's a racket in the quiet carriage? How should you eat peas, and behave in queues? How to behave, like how to punctuate, is an aspect of life that many are no longer taught - and getting it wrong is the stuff of comedy at best and humiliation at worst. Thankfully, Sandi Toksvig has come to the rescue with her entertaining guide to modern manners,with tips on what to do whether you're talking to a bore, or forgot their name in the first place. (Just call them 'darling'.) The award-winning Radio 4 broadcaster and writer offers guidance on the social pitfalls of every phase of life, from christenings to condolence letters. With characteristic wit and perceptiveness, and revealing the trickiest of her encounters along the way, she highlights decency rather than convention and provides an essential guide to twenty-first century behaviour. Now this down-to-earth, hilarious guide is available in perfect pocket-sized paperback size.
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A clever tribute to literature, "Tequila Mockingbird "is "the "cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Combining beloved classic novels with witty humor and delicious drink recipes, some of the charming recipes include Vermouth the Bell Tolls, Gin Eyre, Are You There God? It's Me, Margarita, Bridget Jones's Daiquiri, and more. Accompanying the 65 cocktail recipes are a list of tools and techniques, a spirits glossary, and a handful of drinking games and bar bites, making this cocktail book both fun and functional. With a special cover designed to look like a classic novel, whimsical illustrations, and a two-color design throughout, "Tequila Mockingbird "is a one-of-a-kind cocktail book.
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Have you ever felt out of your depth in a social situation? Not known what cutlery to use or how to fend off your boss's advances? This fun but essential 21st Century guide tells the modern girl what to do and how to behave in every situation. A Modern Girl's Guide to Etiquette gives tips, guidance and lively examples on how to be cool, calm and collected when entertaining, when out and about or simply meeting and communicating with others. Packed full of common dilemmas and advice as well as secrets of success and experience, this book is a must-have for every woman. Topics covered include: Basic rules for everyday manners; How to be a cool companion; The art of conversation; Success in the workplace; Sending out the right messages; Eating out; Being the hostess with the mostest; Being the perfect guest; Handling the rude, crude and undesirable
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Good Housekeeping recipes tick all the boxes - They look great They taste delicious They're easy to make Now, learn how to be a clever cook with this amazing new cookery series. Each Good Housekeeping recipe - triple-tested for perfect results - is guaranteed to stand the test of your occasion, be it birthday, Easter, Christmas, Halloween or even Valentine's Day. Packed with good old favourites, tasty new ideas, save money, time and effort tips, up-to-date nutritional breakdown including protein and fibre, and savvy advice throughout, it couldn't be easier to create a delicious masterpiece for your special event. Enjoy! Other titles in the Good Housekeeping series include Bake Me a Cake, Easy Peasy, Al Fresco Eats, Let's Do Brunch, Cheap Eats, Gluten-free & Easy, Low Fat Low Cal, Salad Days, Posh Nosh, Flash in the Pan, Roast It!, Great Veg and Slow Stoppers
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Hot on the heels (or lobster claws) of the best-selling Salvador Dali phenomenon, Les diners de Gala, TASCHEN presents the artist's equally surreal and sensual viticulture follow-up: The Wines of Gala. A Dalinian take on pleasures of the grape and a coveted collectible, the book sets out to organize wines "according to the sensations they create in our very depths." Through eclectic metrics like production method, weight, and color, the book presents wines of the world in such innovative, Daliesque groupings as "Wines of Frivolity," "Wines of the Impossible," and "Wines of Light." Bursting with imagery, the book features more than 140 illustrations by Dali. Many of these are appropriated artworks, including various classical nudes, all of them reconstructed with suitably Surrealist, provocative touches, like Jean-Francois Millet's The Angelus, one of Dali's favorite points of reference over the decades. Dali also included what is now considered one of the greatest works from his late "Nuclear Mystic" phase, The Sacrament of the Last Supper (1955), which sets the iconic biblical scene in a translucent dodecahedron-shaped space before a Catalonian coastal landscape. Dali was by this stage a devout Catholic, simultaneously captivated by science, optical illusion, and the atomic age. The first section is dedicated to "Ten Divine Dali Wines," an overview of 10 important wine-growing regions, while the second develops Dali's revolutionary ordering of wine by emotional experience, instead of by geography or variety. Rather than any prescriptive classification, it's a flamboyant, free-flowing manifesto in favor of taste and feeling, as much a multisensory treat as a full-bodied document of Dali's late-stage oeuvre, in which the artist both reflected on formative influences and refined his own cultural legacy.
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Rose Fournier has a knack for fun, creative, and transformative table decoration. The whimsical settings in Creative Tables forgo expensive tableware and accessories in favor of elements found in the typical home. Learn how pasta can become a whimsical centerpiece or step onto the set of an Audrey Hepburn movie adorned with classic pearls and red roses. Each exciting scene is so different from the one before, it's easy to forget they were all created with the same set of dishware-and of course, the menu always complements the decor.
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In SHARE, Santos serves up the unique communal dining he has made his signature in his Lower East Side restaurants. This cookbook offers over 100 extraordinary "big platter" recipes for his creative take on old school favorites, specifically made for family-style dining, as well as small plates that are fun to serve when entertaining. From Crab Cake Corn Dogs to Spicy Lamb Souvlaki with Tzatziki; from Grilled Cheese Dumplings and Tomato Soup to Korean Short Rib Tacos with Classic Kimchi, SHARE is comfort food at its highest level. These scrumptious dishes will have everyone at the table reaching for seconds!
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Completely revised and updated with a focus on civility and inclusion, the 19th edition of Emily Post's Etiquette is the most trusted resource for navigating life's every situation From social networking to social graces, Emily Post is the definitive source on etiquette for generations of Americans. That tradition continues with the fully revised and updated 19th edition of Etiquette. Authored by etiquette experts Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning-Emily Post's great-great grandchildren-this edition tackles classic etiquette and manners advice with an eye toward diversity and the contemporary sensibility that etiquette is defined by consideration, respect, and honesty. As our personal and professional networks grow, our lives become more intertwined. This 19th edition offers insight and wisdom with a fresh approach that directly reflects today's social landscape. Emily Post's Etiquette incorporates an even broader spectrum of issues while still addressing the traditions that Americans appreciate, including: * Weddings* Invitations* Loss, grieving, and condolences* Entertaining at home and planning celebrations* Table manners* Greetings and introductions* Social media and personal branding* Political conversations* Living with neighbors* Digital networking and job seeking* The workplace* Sports, gaming, and recreation Emily Post's Etiquette also includes advice on names and titles-including Mx.-dress codes, invitations and gift-giving, thank-you notes and common courtesies, tipping and dining out, dating, and life milestones. It is the ultimate guide for anyone concerned with civility, inclusion, and kindness. Though times change, the principles of good etiquette remain the same. Above all, manners are a sensitive awareness of the needs of others-sincerity and good intentions always matter more than knowing which fork to use. The Emily Post Institute, Inc., is one of America's most unique family businesses. In addition to authoring books, the Institute provides business etiquette seminars and e-learning courses worldwide, hosts the weekly Q&A podcast Awesome Etiquette and trains those interested in teaching Emily Post Etiquette
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The Art of Entertaining presents seventeen seasonal parties, both intimate and grand, held at a variety of Relais and Chateaux venues. These hospitality insiders, who transform their properties into perfect settings, share their ideas for creating parties that can be translated to every home. The themes, floral choices, festive table displays, recipes for cocktails and dishes, and much more show you how to wow guests with unexpected touches. Set the mood for an elegant New Year's Eve party by covering ceilings with gold balloons. To dazzle friends on the Fourth of July, make a cake in patriotic red, white, and blue and light sparklers on top. Create a cowboy-themed cookout with haystack seating and wildflowers. This beautifully photographed go-to tome will be embraced by hosts and hostesses seeking fresh inspiration from the most admired chefs and entertainers in America.
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With her no-nonsense approach and inspirational ideas, combined with reassuring advice and easy-to-follow, reliable recipes, Nigella Christmas is guaranteed to bring comfort and joy, and make sure the season of good will stays that way.
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Here is everything you need to make your Christmas easy and enjoyable, from party food ideas and scrumptious cakes and puddings to the main event itself - turkey with all the trimmings, a vegetarian Christmas dinner or a wide range of delicious alternatives.
With lusciously warm photography, evocative food writing and a beautiful hardback design, this Nigella Lawson recipe book you will be treasured for many years to come... and will act as a delicious Christmas present for all your friends and family.
It is said that in India a festival is celebrated every day of the year. In this gastronomic celebration of India's festival cuisine, head chef of London's acclaimed Cinnamon Club, Vivek Singh brings his unique touch to traditional festival recipes and gives his insight into the significance of food from a country with a history of such diverse religions and cultures. Chapters include the most popular festivals celebrated around the world, such as Holi, Onam and Diwali, covering all religions and geographical areas within India, with Vivek's very own take on the recipes most associated with them. As well as these brand new recipes, the history and culture surrounding each festival will be explored in colourful detail. The accompanying photography will further bring alive the beauty and vibrancy of these incredible celebrations.
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If you love planning menus, styling your home for a party and spending laid back time in your kitchen, then you need to come Round to Ours. Supper club superstars Jackson & Levine like to keep it simple. They do all the hard work for you, offering over 20 ready-made menu ideas, with more than 100 recipes that celebrate the pleasures of cooking for friends and family. This cookbook has the perfect combination of menu ideas and recipes for every occasion. It is the home cook's ultimate secret weapon; whether you're throwing a dinner party for six on a Friday night or are putting on a festive Boxing Day spread for the family, this one-stop-shop will tell you how to set the mood, cook the food and create a truly memorable gathering. There's nothing faddy and no frippery - the key is good food and good company, with a secret touch of sparkle to make the meal really special. Featuring Alice and Laura's advice on beautiful styling, smart tips on making a little go a long way, and even playlists, Jackson & Levine: Round to Ours rewrites the dinner-party rulebook in style.
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No one loves a get-together more than Gizzi, so in her latest book she shows you how to create delicious, crowd-pleasing fare for every occasion. Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, a New Year's brunch or a frightful feast for Halloween: whatever the occasion, you will find something special to share with the ones you love. Recipes include Boxing Day turkey mole enchiladas, Bonfire night sausage casserole, Thanksgiving clambake and Dense chocolate Christmas cake. Praise for the bestselling Gizzi's Healthy Appetite: 'A great collection of food you'll really want to eat' - Tom Kerridge 'The Korean fried chicken is our go-to indulgence...there's no excuse for such dishes not to feature regularly in your midweek menu' - Stylist 'A seriously smart foodie authority' - GQ
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Isa Moskowitz is the vegan punk rock version of Ina Garten: a cook and lifestyle idol for a growing population. This is Isa's highly anticipated holiday cookbook--a book about entertaining that actually entertains. Here, she shows how make hosting all kinds of gatherings a breeze, with 150 mouthwatering new recipes designed to please any palate and fit any celebration, even when guests are picky, allergic, or carnivorous. You'll find menus for any situation (from Thanksgiving and Christmas to Cinco de Mayo and the Super Bowl) and a wealth of crowd-pleasing recipes like Buffalo Cauliflower, Cream of Porcini Mushroom Soup, Chipotle Mac and Cheese with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Almond Crusted French Toast, Irish Creme Whoopie Pies, and more. With advice on everything from holiday parties to casual get-togethers like BBQs and brunch, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook is an accessible and fun breath of fresh air that can improve any and every celebration
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A gathering is an easy way of cooking and hosting. It means no pressure, no code of conduct, and everyone - cook included - can actually enjoy themselves. This collection is a mixture of modern dishes, staple snacks, salads and sides, interesting bakes, and puddings perfect to end a feast with. Nothing overly fussy or complicated, just tasty, pretty plates of food. Choose from the chapters led by occasion or pick and choose from dishes such as Sloe Gin Braised Venison, Cocoa Nib Brownies and Redcurrant Pavlovas to put on a spread. There are menu ideas to show you how. CONTENTS Mornings Quick & Slow
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Justin Chapple may have trained at the French Culinary Institute, but he knows how people really cook at home. He grew up with a large family, first learning kitchen tricks from his grandmother who made do with whatever they had, and she made the food delicious. Now Justin is the host of Food & Wine's award-nominated Mad Genius Tips video cooking series, and appears regularly on TODAY and other television shows as their resident kitchen hack expert. In his job as the Deputy Editor of the test kitchen, he's often asked to take recipes from superstar chefs (think David Chang and Thomas Keller) and simplify them for home cooks. Now he is putting all of his expertise to good use in Just Cook It!, a collection of 125 mouthwatering recipes like Avocado Pizza with Dukka and Stovetop Mac-n-Cheese with Bacon Breadcrumbs, with Justin's signature time-saving tips and hacks throughout.
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What do chefs cook when they have friends and family around for dinner? Trevis L. Gleason asks just that of the talents who have made Dingle a culinary hotspot, named Ireland's #1 Foodie Town by the Restaurants Association of Ireland. Many of these experts made the rounds of the world's culinary centres before dropping anchor in Dingle, and Trevis dishes up the curious backstories of the hard-working, hard-playing people who prepare some of the best food Ireland has to offer. These irresistible three-course dinners for six blend everyday dining with sophisticated innovation. Reflecting on the classics (roast duck dinner with all the trimmings), updating regional specialties (smoked mackerel pate in cherry tomato with salsa verde), elevating family favourites (pizza party with sweet potato fries), and revelling in indulgences (fuchsia shortbreads with Dingle Gin lemon curd) are all on the menu. Former chef Trevis entertainingly explains exotic ingredients and professional techniques familiar in the world's best kitchens. This imaginative collection shares the warm, good-time feel of Dingle's restaurants and is sure to become dog-eared from use as the recipes grow into family staples and dinner party standards. But before you even get to the tempting recipes, you'll be hooked by the charming tales of life, cooking and love of place.
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The third book with kate spade new york, all in good taste is a charming entertaining guide to throwing chic, stylish get-togethers. The culture of entertaining is just as important as the food and drinks you serve, the flowers on your table and the music on your speakers; all in good taste sends rigid rules out the door and invites in unpretentious ideas that are easy, festive, and authentic, always with an air of deliberate polish. Filled with how-to's, personal essays, anecdotes, menus, tips, recipes and a liberal dash of style, all in good taste will transform you into the hostess everyone wants an invitation from. The book covers all of the essential lost arts--how to shuck an oyster, curating a stellar guest list, dinner-table topics, cocktails in the city--right alongside modern conundrums like food photo etiquette and innovations like serving pot pies in teacups. Whether you entertain a little or a lot, or just love being the person everyone wants to sit next to at dinner, all in good taste is the modern classic you'll treasure and dog-ear for years.
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Joe Carroll makes stellar barbecue and grilled meats in Brooklyn, New York, at his acclaimed restaurants Fette Sau and St. Anselm. In" Feeding the Fire," Carroll gives us his top 20 lessons and more than 75 recipes to make incredible fire-cooked foods at home, proving that you don't need to have fancy equipment or long-held regional traditions to make succulent barbecue and grilled meats. "Feeding the Fire" teaches the hows and whys of live-fire cooking: how to create low and slow fires, how to properly grill chicken (leave it on the bone), why American whiskey blends so nicely with barbecued meats (both are flavored with charred wood), and how to make the best sides to serve with meat (keep it simple). Recipes nested within each lesson include Pulled Pork Shoulder, Beef Short Ribs, Bourbon-Brined Center-Cut Pork Chops, Grilled Clams with Garlic Butter, and Charred Long Beans. Anyone can follow these simple and straightforward lessons to become an expert.
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The Body Coach Joe Wicks is here to help you balance being healthy with cooking for for a crowd with the hundred tasty recipes featured in Cooking for Family & Friends.
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From easy favourites to sensational crowd-pleasers, every single recipe is big on flavour and packed with hero ingredients. Among Joe's favourites are roast chicken with celeriac mash and bacon greens, BBQ ribs with dirty corn and Tandoori chicken thighs with chapattis.
Entirely dedicated to food (although Joe does make sure he mentions how important exercise is), the nutritious recipes are presented in full-colour photographs and are ideal for sharing.
Master patissier and baker to the stars Eric Lanlard returns with a gorgeous new book crammed with deliciously achievable recipes for the perfect afternoon tea. With 90 recipes for sweet and savoury treats, this book contains all the cakes, pastries, tarts and biscuits you could wish for, from Gruyere Eclairs to Pistachio and Rosewater Scones. In addition, menu ideas offer the perfect combination of flavours for your afternoon tea. Whether you're throwing a lavish tea party or simply looking for that perfect Coffee Cake recipe, this is the must-have afternoon tea cookbook.
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