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The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Ina Garten
0609602195
Apr 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
Lauren Bacall gets cranky when Barefoot Contessa, an East Hampton specialty food store/institution for more than 20 years, is sold out of Indonesian Ginger Chicken. She can now thank her lucky stars that exuberant owner Ina Garten has written The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and included this recipe. Ms. Bacall is sure to be pleased to discover how easy it is to achieve such fantastic flavor. Simplicity is something of a bottom line at Barefoot Contessa. "Food is not about impressing people," Ina Garten says. "It's about making them feel comfortable."

Aimed at the cook who intends to entertain, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook draws on Garten's experience as a caterer, as well as her knowledge of what customers really want to eat when they arrive at her shop. She has culled her favorite recipes and has included timesaving...



Barefoot Contessa Parties!
Ina Garten
0609606441
Mar 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review's Best of 2001
"A good party is not about the food," says Ina Garten, "it's about the people." That may be true, but her Barefoot Contessa Parties! will ensure that your next party is a fabulous one, regardless of your guest list. Garten, author of The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and a monthly column in Martha Stewart Living, has been catering since 1978. So who better to put together a collection of entertaining theme parties? She's included everything from drinks and hors d'oeuvres to dessert and coffee, as well as notes about what "surprises," atmospheres, venues, and table decorations lend themselves to each. Because she likes to attend her own parties (and who doesn't?), almost every recipe is make-ahead and remarkably uncomplicated.

From casual get-togethers, such as the Pizza Party--which includes recipes for...



Every Day's a Party
Emeril Lagasse
0688164307
Jan 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
Anyone who loves the sound of Chef Emeril's voice as much as he does is going to enjoy Every Day's a Party. Yet it is something of a "big hat, no cattle" kind of book. The 125 recipes seem like reheats, like afterthoughts, flavorful and evocative though they may be. But the editorial copy is rich and thick, like a wicked cake frosting that begs for a finger swipe or two.

Lagasse walks the reader through the 12 months of the year, selecting holidays and occasions out of each month on which to hang a celebration and several recipes. So you have the Sugar Bowl and Twelfth Night in January, Mother's Day and the Crawfish Festival in May, The Sugar Cane Festival and Pirogie Festival in September, and in November, let us not miss the Omelette Festival. (Does Dave Barry know about this?)

The history and the tradition of...



Event Planning : The Ultimate Guide to Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives and Other Special Events
Judy Allen
0471644129
April 11, 2000
Hardcover
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Review
“…we highly recommend this well-organised, very practical book to all event planners…” (getAbstract.com, 8th November 2005)

SUCCESS Magazine ( March 2001)SUCCESS Magazine ( March 2001)
A blueprint for executing events for 50 or 2,000, with budgets of a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands.

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In Style Parties
Instyle Magazine
1932994114
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Want to throw an A-list party without spending heaps of time and money? In Style Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining is the one-stop guide to making every event stylish and personal, and it proves once and for all that entertaining at home can be easy, fabulous, and fun. Organized in three sections, the book includes:¥ The basics of party preparation, including what to serve and how to create the perfect atmosphere.¥ Complete party guides for every occasion, from dinner parties for 8 to cocktail parties for 30.¥ A listing of the country+s top resources for food, drink, and dŽcor, from artisanal cheeses and exotic chocolates to flowers and flatwear. The book begins with the Basics section, which arms readers with the essentials of party planning. In thorough yet accessible...


The Notebook Girls
Julia Baskin
0446578622
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Booklist
The creators of The Notebook Girls are four contemporary Manhattan teens, who started the notebook as a way to stay connected with each other. The power here is in the raw honesty, and the format--handwritten pages and pasted-in photos--gives even more immediacy. These are girls who speak in bawdy, vulgar language; tease and tell fart jokes; worry about their bodies, their futures, and their friendships; and experiment with drinking, drugs, and sex. These girls share sharp observations and a strong sense of identity. "Who the fuck are these guys?" asks one girl. "Who gave them the right to comment on girls' bodies like that?" The communal format creates more jockeying and joking and less personal revelation than a diary might. But this title offers a fascinating view of what it means, then and now, to grow up...


Mr. Boston
Anthony Giglio
0764597329
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The up-to-date new edition of America’s bestselling drink-mixing guide America’s favorite drink-mixing guide since 1935, Mr. Boston: Official Bartender’s and Party Guide has been the resource of choice for generations of professionals and amateurs alike. Now this classic is better than ever, with updated information, 100 contemporary new drink recipes, and all-new photography. More than 1,400 recipes range from classic cocktails to today’s trendiest drinks, all presented alphabetically with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. With the latest lowdown on liquors, beers, and wines, plus savvy advice on equipment, bar setup, and more, Mr. Boston has it all. Mr. Boston, part of the Barton Brands group, has been a widely recognized name in the bartending world for more than 60 years. The Mr....


How to Start a Home-Based Event Planning Business
Jill Moran
0762724862
April 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
This insider's handbook reveals how to start a successful business planning a wide variety of events from home. Topics covered include purchasing equipment and supplies, writing a business plan, working with caterers and other service professionals, attracting and keeping clients, dealing with legal and accounting issues, and more. Also included is information on professional organizations to join and places to learn more about the event-planning business.


Apples to Apples Crate Game
Manufactured by Out of the Box Publishing
0971672970
September 2003
Other Format
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The Party Planner
David Tutera
0821261657
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Tutera has honed his party-throwing skills with books on the subject and with his new Discovery Channel show The Party Planner with David Tutera. This book, based on the show and loaded with photos of Tutera smiling as he decorates a cupcake or toasts a marshmallow, covers cocktail parties, dinner parties, holiday entertaining and special occasions, showing two examples of each that Tutera has thrown for his clients. In every case study, Tutera concentrates on engaging each of the senses, with thematic decor, scent (from flowers and candles to aromas from the kitchen), tabletop displays, food and music. For example, for a party to celebrate a couple's new boat, Tutera planned a cocktail party on a dock, with striped beach towel blankets (he includes instructions for making them), mini-burgers on the grill, salty...


Occasions
Kate Spade
0743250656
Apr 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Back in 1993, the editor-turned-designer Kate Spade made a splash in the fashion world by turning out a small collection of boxy, utilitarian handbags, each elegantly accented with her name stitched in discreet, lowercase letters. As a result, the simplicity and unabashed refinement of the Spade moniker on those Lilliputian labels has come to define the very foundation on which the designer has since built a fashion empire, one that now, in addition to handbags, includes shoes, clothing, and smart home things, all of which embody the Spade formula of timeless style--a seamless merging of cheerful colors, clean shapes, and well-chosen embellishments.

Not bad for a Kansas City-born girl who used to comb vintage stores for fun. Having perfected and expertly marketed her own brand of personal style (one that has famously...



Fast and Festive Meals for the Jewish Holidays: Complete Menus, Rituals, and Party-Planning Ideas for Every Holiday of the Year
Marlene Sorosky
0688145701
September 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
There's more than just recipes here: in addition to great menus for every Jewish holiday, Sorosky includes a short history of the occasion, the appropriate blessings, decorations and centerpieces, and essential religious items and foods--in short, everything you need to know and have to make your holiday meal a success. What's more, she provides a game plan for organizing your time in the kitchen and getting everything on the table at the right time and temperature. As an added bonus, Sorosky includes "Extra Points": special projects for children, invitation ideas, or special decorations to lift your celebration above the ordinary. In her foreword, Marlene Sorosky admits that her upbringing in a tyranically Orthodox household spoiled Jewish holidays for her until she was well into adulthood. While...


Preston Bailey's Design for Entertaining
Preston Bailey
0821227653
Nov 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A party planner to the stars offers guidance to the earthbound on creating the perfect celebration, from designing the ideal lighting to choosing the best floral arrangements. Lavishly photographed by Roger Dong and Alex Kirkbride, this book gives readers glimpses into Matt Lauer's red-themed wedding reception and the sumptuous anniversary party for Oprah's magazine, O-content that's fun for brides-to-be and celebrity voyeurs alike. While it's unlikely that many of Bailey's readers will have the resources to plant atmospheric rows of 20-foot birch trees (as Joan Rivers did for the wedding of her daughter, Melissa), there are simpler, more down-to-earth tips to be found in this book: the pictures may feature the stupendously lavish, but the text offers tips for somewhat smaller budgets. Both reassuring and...


Pretty Party Cakes : Sweet and Stylish Cakes and Cookies for All Occasions
Peggy Porschen
0307337073
April 11, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
A romantic Three-Column Wedding Cake adorned with fresh roses; eye-catching Kalei-doscope Cakes iced in geometric designs; glittering Bollywood-inspired lollipop cookies—you don’t have to go to a high-end bakery to be able to serve these beautiful desserts at your next party. Master cake decorator Peggy Porschen shares her designs for the gorgeous cookies, cupcakes, and cakes that have graced some of the world’s most discriminating tables—and they’re as easy to create as they are spectacular. Written for everyone from beginning bakers to seasoned pros, each design in Pretty Party Cakes is broken down into basic steps that turn even complicated cake sculptures into rewarding, accessible creations.

Pretty Party Cakes is brimming with dozens of innovative designs that are...


Simple Soirees: Seasonal Menus for Sensational Dinner Parties
Peggy Knickerbocker
1584794607
October 2005
Hardcover
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Fine Cooking, Holidays, December 2005
Anyone who loves gathering friends around the table would be grateful to receive Peggy Knickerbocker’s new book.

Saveur, December 2005
Peggy convinces us that gatherings can be as appealing and effortless for the hosts as they are for the guests.

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Perfect Party Food
Diane Phillips
1558322604
Sept 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
If readers walk away with just one lesson from this hulking volume, it's that planning is essential when you're entertaining guests. Cooking teacher Phillips reinforces that point throughout this manual, in both her recipes and her miscellaneous advice on setting a table, arranging food and more. She includes more than 600 recipes, each one serving 10 to 12 guests, and each containing do-ahead components that can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen (many recipes can be completely cooked advance). The recipes are generally simple, though no less appealing, and include dips and spreads, "small bites" like Pigs in a Blanket and Prosciutto Pinwheels, salads, side dishes, main dishes, breads, beverages and desserts (there's also a chapter on breakfast and brunch). Phillips's advice on how much food readers will...


The Best Bridal Shower Party Games
Courtney Cooke
0671317687
Oct 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Make your bridal shower fun! Here's all you need to get your bridal shower off to a fast and funny start: four pencil games that everyone will enjoy (with duplicate game sheets for eight people) plus four entertaining group activities.


Planning Special Events
James S. Armstrong
0787952486
January 2001
Textbook Paperback
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Review
"For special events knowing all the right answers is not as important as asking the right questions . . . . questions which tackle all the critical components for success. This book is an invaluable resource, a roadmap which systematically guides professional and volunteer alike toward adventures that will realize their bold dreams. A great tool that creates all-important confidence and optimism." (Gary Wolff, CFRE, consultant to philanthrophy, Santa Fe, New Mexico)

"The novice and seasoned professional alike will find Planning Special Events an essential desktop companion. This practical, easy-to-use guide contains everything you need to know to create and manage enjoyable, profitable special events." (John M. Vigo, director of development, Saint Mary's College High School, Berkeley, California)

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MitzvahChic: A New Approach to Hosting a Bar or Bat Mitzvah That is Meaningful, Hip, Relevant, Fun & Drop-Dead Gorgeous
Gail Anthony Greenberg
097234280X
May 21, 2003
Paperback
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Sam Raimi, director (Spider-Man, A Simple Plan), producer and screenwriter
MitzvahChic is fun, refreshing, insightful and original...Judaism has never seemed so cool.

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, author of Putting God on the Guest List and The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Memory Book
…shows how to make bar and bat mitzvah celebrations more Jewish and joyful. Even the bar can become a mitzvah!

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Secrets from a Caterer's Kitchen : The Indispensable Guide for Planning a Party
Nicole Aloni
1557883521
February 1, 2001
Paperback
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Decor & Style Magazine, March 2001
Aloni's book is funny, practical and creative..the bible on entertaining. All 150 recipes sound divine. Includes party themes,

Bon Appetit Magazine, October 1, 2001
The chapter called "What Every Caterer Knows" and the detailed food-quantity and beverage-service charts make it invaluable!

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