I tend to be a fairly nervous, overly-anxious hostess of dinner parties, and I am always envious of my friends who can casually finish a roast while simultaneously carrying on a conversation and pouring wine. Whether you identify with me or with my put-together friends, Seriously Simple Parties is a book that we can all appreciate. It's full of solid party-throwing advice and the kinds of recipes that will have you looking for an excuse to invite people over.
• Who wrote it: Diane Rossen Worthington
• Who published it: Chronicle
• Number of recipes: Over 100
• Recipes for right now: Smoked Salmon with Crispy Shallots & Dill Cream, Penne with Roasted Broccoli & Pistachio Gremolata, Braised Chicken Thighs with Red Wine & Wild Mushrooms, Pomegranate-Marinated Grilled Lamb Chops, Caramelized Leek & Asparagus Crustless Quiche, Brownie Toffee Cookies, Rhubarb & Strawberry Crostata
• Other highlights: I love the idea that a dinner party can be a simple, everyday affair. Sometimes I get stuck thinking that it has to be a big Saturday night production with a fancy main dish and long-stemmed wine glasses. Through the recipes and ideas in this book, Diane Rossen Worthington reminds us that "entertaining" can be anything from a last-minute pizza party to a picnic at an outdoor concert. The point is to relax and enjoy yourself.
This book contains a lot of old party favorites, like Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs and Caprese Salad, along with with fresh and inspiring ideas, like an israeli cous cous salad with caramelized leeks and a mexican seafood saute. These are the kind of solid, dependable recipes that form the crux of a stress-free dinner party.
• Who would enjoy this book? Cooks who love to entertain and want fresh inspiration; nervous-nelly cooks who would like to enjoy entertaining more than they do (...ahem).
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Seriously Simple Parties by Diane Rossen Worthington
• Visit the author's website: Diane Rossen Worthington
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