While the Sedaris shtick goes on a little too thick at times and some of the semi-homemade style recipes will not appeal to all, don't dismiss I Like You. As the author says in her introduction, this is not a joke cookbook.
Listen up for some downtown entertaining tips from a certified New Yorker, just the kind of stuff Martha and Mom get sweaty talking about:
• Hostesses should not try too hard. "Entertain not overtain."
• Keep a Party Log to record menus, guest preferences, decorations and other important notes. "I also think its worthwhile to create a party log because it would be a wonderful item for someone to find after you die. I would buy that at a flea market."
• "Make sure every guest list isn't the same. That's a club."
• Be aware of pickpockets. (I do worry about something disappearing from someone's purse or coat pockets when I host a large party. Do you?)
• "Don't exploit guests." Guests might not want to share a special skill, a long story, their accents.
Sedaris created this "clinically simple" guide for both guests and hosts/hostesses. While posting her section on being a good party guest here would be preaching to the converted, I wish I could find a way to share this advice with a certain few louts I've hosted.
Previously: Going All Googly Eyed for Amy Sedaris