Book Review: I Like You by Amy Sedaris

Book Review: I Like You by Amy Sedaris

Chris Phillips
Feb 9, 2007

Actress, cupcake cook, and Stranger with Candy, Amy Sedaris is the author of I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, now available in hardcover and as a newly released audiobook.

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

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