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Entertaining with the Sopranos
Allen Rucker, et al
0446579114
February 13, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Entertaining with the Sopranos offers a complete guide to entertaining. From gradudation parties to holiday gatherings to poolside barbecues, here are over 75 new recipes and plenty of entertaining ideas for hosting the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Lavishly illustrated with photos from the show and sprinkled with exclusive interviews with favorite characters. This is an inspiring and accessible guide to what the Sopranos do best: entertain.


Elegant Napkins: 5-Minute Ideas to Transform Your Table
Labeena Ishaque
0760753709
February 2004
Hardcover
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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...



Catering Like a Pro
Francine Halvorsen
0471214221
Jan 2004
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
Essential information and how-to advice from the best in the business
Catering Like a Pro is a must-have resource for anyone thinking about starting a catering business. Packed with recipes and exciting new ideas for creating theme events and dramatic experiences, it explains the catering industry from the bottom up. This revised and expanded edition covers everything necessary to get started, including real-world advice on contracts, hiring help, managing events, and sample forms and invoices. A handy list of resources—from equipment and ingredients to legal and business directories—helps make it easy to get up and running smoothly. Interviews with some of the best star caterers in the business offer inspiration and valuable tips for those new to the game.

Francine Halvorsen (New York, NY) is...



Food for Thought: The Complete Book of Concepts for Growing Minds
Saxton Freymann
0439110181
January 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–Smiling oranges, mushroom "men," pepper "people," bananas that look like giraffes, eggplant penguins, and cauliflower sheep are just a few of the delightful food sculptures that grace the pages of this fun, educational offering. Freymann explores various concepts including shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and opposites with the help of his signature vegetable and fruit characters. The concepts are well executed, and although the triangular carrot does not have perfectly straight lines, its shape is recognizable. Children will thoroughly enjoy the clever artwork and adorable characters. A visual treat.–Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL

From Booklist
*Starred Review* PreS. Freymann and Elffers previously used their...


Latin Chic
Carolina Buia
0060738715
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Hostesses Carolina Buia and Isabel González have been throwing parties with their signature Latin twists for years, not realizing that this phenomenon was taking hold across the nation. So the duo packed their bags and decided to share ten of their parties near and far, in places like New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico. With gatherings that range from casual and intimate to full-blown and formal, Latin Chic gives true inspiration to party hosts everywhere, no matter what the occasion. Turn a pool party into a sexy tapas affair featuring shaken Coconut Martinis and recipes for Asparagus Spears with Aïoli Caviar Dip and Peruvian Tuna Ceviche.

For fresh, healthful fare, look to "Latina Ladies Who Lunch." Try the Avocado Butter served on Cuban crackers, Cilantro Soup...



Successful Catering: Managing the Catering Operation for Maximum Profit (The Food Service Professionals Guide, 12)
Sony Bode
0910627223
September 2, 2002
Paperback
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Food Industry News, November 2002
I recomend a wonderful new source of information - The Food Service Professionals Guide To Series - Jim Contis, Publisher

Book Description
This new series of fifteen books - The Food Service Professional Guide TO Series from the editors of the Food Service Professional are the best and most comprehensive books for serious food service operators available today. These step-by-step guides on a specific management subject range from finding a great site for your new restaurant to how to train your wait staff and literally everything in between. They are easy and fast -to-read, easy to understand and will take the mystery out of the subject. The information is "boiled down" to the essence. They are filled to the brim with up to date and pertinent information. ...


Perfect Party Food: All the Recipes and Tips You'll Ever Need for Stress-Free Entertaining
Diane Phillips
1558322604
October 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...


In the Company of Flowers
Ron Morgan, Keith Lewis
0971955239
January 9, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Ron Morgan is the most sought-after and well-recognized floral designer in the United States. He has dazzled lecture and garden club audiences for over 20 years with his wit, knowledge and unparalleled creative talents. Through his imaginative use of flowers, fruits, vegetables and unusual items, he transforms the ordinary into the exquisite, artfully arranging his striking materials into masterpieces. His tablescapes are legendary for their creativity, elegance and visual impact. In the Company of Flowers is the much-anticipated sequel to Ron's best-selling first book, The Center of Attention. This beautiful publication contains over 180 exquisite photographs covering 60 separate table settings. Each tablescape is a triumph of inventiveness and artistic vision, and each one will charm and captivate...


The Simple Art of Napkin Folding: 94 Fancy Folds for Every Tabletop Occasion
Linda Hetzer
0060934891
May 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Use The Simple Art of Napkin Folding to duplicate those beautiful napkin folds you've admired at elegant restaurants and memorable events. It's easy with Linda Hetzer's detailed step-by-step directions and illustrations.  Using cloth or paper napkins, create standing triangular-shaped folds (the "Tavern") for dinner parties.  A few accordion pleats transforms a piece of cloth into the "Poinsettia." Need festive ideas for a children's birthday party?  Make "Sailboats" or "Paper Airplanes." Graduate to more intricate designs that combine napkins with silverware, flowers, and wineglasses.Special features includeA stain removal guide for heirloom linens and synthetic fabricsEasy-to-follow instructions for making napkin ringsGraphs for embroidering initials on napkinsInstructions for stenciling...


Good Things for Easy Entertaining: The Best of Martha Stewart Living (Good Things with Martha Stewart Living Series)
Editors of Martha Stewart Living Magazine
1400048788
March 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this latest volume in the Good Things With Martha Stewart Living series, you will find dozens of ideas, projects, and recipes to help you entertain more easily and often. Delicious drinks and hors d'oeuvres, simple lighting projects, beautiful centerpieces, clever place cards, creative table coverings, and luscious desserts round out this inspired collection.

Inside Flap Copy
In this latest volume in the Good Things With Martha Stewart Living series, you will find dozens of ideas, projects, and recipes to help you entertain more easily and often. Delicious drinks and hors d'oeuvres, simple lighting projects, beautiful centerpieces, clever place cards, creative table coverings, and luscious desserts round out this inspired collection.


Elegant Entertaining
Francine Maroukian
1588164306
Oct 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this guide to graceful entertaining, Maroukian, a former chef and caterer, steers readers through the intricate details of formal, semiformal and informal dining. Depending on one's style, goals and resources, she recommends appropriate venues, staff and decorative arrangements; she also suggests cuisines to suit different parties. She draws on the expertise and experience of entertainers and partygoers, many of whom offer advice on how to best enjoy being a guest at a function. David Brown, producer of Jaws and Driving Miss Daisy, tells guests to "arrive late. Cocktail parties are so crowded, who will know? As far as the host is concerned, you've been there all evening." Memphis hostess Jean Price recommends bringing a party to a close by passing around cookies and tarts. To her, this indicates to guests that...


Off-Premise Catering Management
Bill Hansen, Chris Thomas
0471464244
January 20, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Off-Premise Catering Management, Second Edition is the updated edition of the NACE-recommended guide to planning, executing, and managing an off-premise catering management business. The book presents profiles of off-premise catering companies and sole proprietors from both large and small operations. It includes many useful forms and checklists throughout the planning and execution stages of the event and offers extended coverage of marketing off-premise catering businesses.

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons
Thoroughly addresses and discusses the techniques, logistics and responsibilities involved in managing an off-premise catering operation. Covers such topics as legal requirements and catering contracts, menu planning and food quantities, service of alcoholic beverages,...


Art of the Table: A Complete Guide to Table Setting, Table Manners, and Tableware
Suzanne Von Drachenfels
0684847329
November 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
Do you know how to set the table? Worry about your dinner manners? Finally, with The Art of the Table, Suzanne von Drachenfels comes to the rescue with a truly comprehensive guide to the correct use of tableware and confidence-building information about proper dining etiquette. Von Drachenfels, a former Tabletop Consultant for dinnerware makers Fitz & Floyd, defines the vocabulary of tableware and explains the selection, use, and care of dinnerware, flatware, stemware, and table linens. She expertly details the basic service techniques for all types of entertainment, and even includes advice on menu planning. Learn how to read the labels of wine bottles or how to filet a fish at the table; learn where and when to sit down and the proper way to eat finger foods.

Spicing up the how-to text are fascinating tidbits of social...



Simple Soirees
Peggy Knickerbocker
1584794607
Oct 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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Entertaining
Martha Stewart
0517544199
December 13, 1982
Hardcover
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Book Review
This is the book that launched an empire. Martha Stewart's Entertaining was the world's first exposure to the doyenne of domestication. Entertaining offers recipes and menus for a number of different parties, including wedding receptions, afternoon teas, and a sumptuous Christmas dessert buffet. The book is lavishly illustrated, and much attention is paid to the dishes' presentation as well as their preparation. Even if you use it only as a springboard for your own party planning, Martha Stewart's Entertaining will provide fodder for many a celebration.

Book Description
With 500 glorious full-color photographs, 300 original recipes, and hundreds of innovative ideas, Entertaining is the book that revolutionized the way people entertain today. 500...


The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook
Martha Stewart Living Magazine
0609607502
Oct 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
Avowed Martha Stewart fans--and the rest of us, too--have cause to applaud. The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook, which marks the 10th anniversary of the magazine from which the book takes its name and 1,200 recipes, is a winner. A wide-ranging trove, it tackles with equal aplomb the basics--from fried chicken to apple pie--and "newer" dishes such as Roasted Eggplant and Red Pepper Soup, Veal Stew with Shallots and Wild Mushrooms, and Pistachio Gelato. Both daily cookbook and stylish culinary guide, Living should prove useful to cooks facing the what-should-we-have-for-dinner dilemma and those seeking delicious dishes for entertaining.

The book's 19 chapters cover every dish type. Ranging from hors d'oeuvres to desserts (there are three chapters on sweets, plus candy-making formulas), and including sections devoted to...



Fantastic Food Decorating
Manuela Caldirola
0806955139
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Apples carved into graceful swans, vegetables lovingly shaped into roses, and a watermelon "scalloped" and adorned with carved fleur de lis: every one of these splendid morsels is almost too beautiful to eat! For a special meal that looks as delicious as it tastes, take out the knives, scoops, slicers, and parer and transform the food into art. Instead of everyday carrot curls, cut them into tiny hearts that blossom from watercress stems. Why put out a pat of butter, when you can mold it into wreaths and watering cans filled with flowers? Add ringlets of lemon to a fish dish or to the side of a glass. For a breathtaking centerpiece, form an ice mold embedded with flowers. And, for the finale: a three-tiered cake that looks fresh from the garden with sugar lilies of the valley on the bottom, peach-colored hyacinths in...


Decorative Napkin Folding for Beginners
Lillian Oppenheimer
0486237974
February 1980
Paperback
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Book Description
22 different napkin folds enable even a beginner to make napkins in the shape of a heart, clown’s hat, love knot, silverware holder, boot, etc. Step-by-step drawings and instructions show exactly where and how to make each fold. Photo of each finished napkin. 22 napkin folds. 63 drawings.


The New Book of Table Settings
Chris Bryant
1579902553
Dec 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Decorate a table geared to today's lifestyles, when takeout in front of the fireplace counts as having friends over for dinner and a potluck picnic is far more common than a five-course meal. Start with a basics section to review the standard tableware components to know which fork goes where. Then come dozens of clever, creative ideas for making tables inviting places to gather. Whether it's a full-blown setting, a fresh-as-Spring table, a Christmas tea, or just innovative centerpieces, you'll find them here without breaking your budget. Bonus: tips and sidebars on everything from hosting a wine tasting to throwing a house-renovation party (just put the beer in the wheelbarrow). "...a guide for clever, creative and very do-able table-setting ideas."--Publishers Weekly.


Food Art: Garnishing Made Easy
John Gargone
0764319604
February 2004
Paperback
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A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen : Easy Seasonal Dishes for Family and Friends
Jack Bishop
0618239979
May 21, 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Cook's Illustrated executive editor Bishop largely succeeds in removing the tarnish from vegetarian cooking, sharing simple, seasonal dishes that make the lack of meat seem like an afterthought. Bishop's no-nonsense attitude toward tofu leads into a series of recipes that call for browning the tofu, then coating it with a pan sauce, such as Pan-Glazed Tofu with Thai Red Curry Sauce. The majority of these dishes can be thrown together at the last minute, such as Wilted Spinach Salad with Japanese Flavors, and Chard Burritos with Tomato-Chipotle Salsa; the few that are more labor-intensive (Orange Risotto Cakes with Pistachio Crust, for example) and are worth the effort. Many of the dishes have Italian or Mexican influences, and Bishop arranges recipes by season. Occasionally it's not clear what connects a dish to...


Beautiful Napkin Folding
Horst Hanisch
1402700717
Oct 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Classic, elegant, and even whimsical folded napkins can be so striking that you don't need a centerpiece! Some, like the Swan, are purely decorative. Others, arranged in basket or box shapes, hold food or small gifts nestled among the folds. Still more are practical: the Silverware Cover is suited for dining al fresco, because the weighted napkin won't blow away. Coordinate meals with napkin designs: for example, a Geisha Fan could accompany Japanese cuisine. Arrange lotus blossoms, water lilies, even a special "Bridal Train" for a wedding banquet!


Dinner for Eight: 40 Great Dinner Party Menus for Friends and Family
Denise Landis
0312325819
November 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Longtime recipe tester Denise Landis--who has tested Nigella Lawson's books and more than a decade's worth of recipes at The New York Times--is an accomplished and experienced home entertainer. Landis knows what makes a good dinner party and how to compose a menu that will impress guests while leaving the cook free to enjoy her own party.
Featuring forty complete menus-appetizer, first course, main course, accompaniment and dessert--Dinner for Eight is organized by season, encourages mixing and matching, and guides any cook through a dinner party timeline of advance preparation and last-minute finishes.


The Food Service Professionals Guide To: Waiter & Waitress Training: How To Develop Your Wait Staff For Maximum Service & Profit (The Food Service Professionals Guide, 10)
Lora Arduser
0910627207
September 2, 2002
Paperback
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Food Industry News, November 2002
I recomend a wonderful new source of information - The Food Service Professionals Guide To Series - Jim Contis, Publisher

Book Description
This new series of fifteen books - The Food Service Professional Guide TO Series from the editors of the Food Service Professional are the best and most comprehensive books for serious food service operators available today. These step-by-step guides on a specific management subject range from finding a great site for your new restaurant to how to train your wait staff and literally everything in between. They are easy and fast -to-read, easy to understand and will take the mystery out of the subject. The information is "boiled down" to the essence. They are filled to the brim with up to date and pertinent information. ...

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