Perfect Recipes for Having People Over is Pam Anderson's awesome cookbook for entertaining.


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Pam Anderson

A friend of mine is married to a chef. Not only do they entertain quite a bit, it goes without saying that his reputation is rather on the line every time they do so. Surprisingly, of all the gazillions of cookbooks there are in the world, they own only 3, and Perfect Recipes for Having People Over is one of them.

Before I knew that, I was already taken with this cookbook. I love to have people over, but I tend to make a big deal about it and wear myself out before the party's even begun. So over time, I began to have fewer and fewer gatherings. This book's philosophy is to ''stop entertaining and just have people over.'' Geared mostly toward gatherings of more than just a handful, the book accompanies every recipe with suggestions on what to serve with the dish (all side dish and dessert recipe suggestions are included), how far ahead you can make it, shortcuts, if any, what drinks to serve with the menu you've chosen, and whether it makes good leftovers.

First you'll choose from the ''Big Stuff'' section (from casual or elegant main courses to breakfast choices) and then you'll move to ''All the Rest'' (appetizers, first course soups, salads, side dishes, breads, desserts, and drinks). You'll find recipes for 2-4, as well as for up to 20 and more. You'll find cozy, wintertime menus and summery ones to make on the grill. In all cases, simplicity is the issue, but good taste is the bottom line.

I'm back in the having-people-over saddle now that I've found this book. It's now the first cookbook I reach for -- and that's saying something considering we have, oh, about 65 of them packing 2 different bookcases.

#11911 - Hardcover Book - 304 pgs
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