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Block Parties & Poker Nights: Recipes and Ideas for Getting and Staying Connected with Your Neighbors Paperback – August 27, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (August 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609807889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609807880
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Although there are other titles on potluck dinners, backyard barbecues, and similar themes, Allen's clever book is likely to strike a chord with many readers seeking "connection" in these often anxious times. She does include the block parties and poker nights of the title, but she goes beyond such occasions, starting with a section on "Breaking the Ice," which includes suggestions on how to welcome a new neighbor or how to meet the neighbors if you're new (or not so new), and finishing with "Good Times and Bad," which includes ideas and comfort food for "the tough times," ways to resolve a conflict with a neighbor or deal with other such crises, and more. The recipes are fairly standard-there are many old favorites here-but they are usually simple and many of them are easy to make for a crowd. Recommended for most collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

PEGGY ALLEN is a former vice president of Lifetime Television, where she was responsible for all reality programming. Since forming a partnership with another Lifetime alumna, Lisa Nee, Allen/Nee Productions has been responsible for a broad range of television projects. She currently lives with her husband and two children in a suburb of Chicago, where her Kentucky Derby party is a much-anticipated community tradition.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read the other reviews before I wrote this, and I couldn't help but notice that NOT ONE of the "reviewers" said anything about the recipes. Why? Because they are terrible! Let me explain: I am a cookbook reader, collector, cook and baker. I read/review and try cookbooks ALL THE TIME. This cookbook is terrible! The recipes just do not work - and I've tried a lot of them.
As far as ideas go, if you want to get really chummy with your neighbors, then buy this book - that's where it gets 2 stars from me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
My family recently moved into our first home in the suburbs. We're on a very busy street without sidewalks so none of the kids on the block knew each other. This book has really helped us learn how to connect to our new neighbors. We started throwing neighborhood parties for all occassions, and the kids on the block finally know each other.
This book has so many fun and inventive ideas, adorable drawings, and easy recipes that work well for crowds. Three new families have moved in this year and the book has given us wonderful ideas to welcome them! (We now bring welcome baskets that include a list of important places in the area.) I wish someone in the neighoborhood had read this book before we had moved in!
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I am always on the lookout for fun things to do - fun party suggestions. This book was the most fun I've had in a while just reading all the recipes and ideas. It is loaded. I was thinking BLOCK PARTY when I ordered it, and am truly excited to throw one now that I am armed with so many fun ideas, but so many of the parties presented would also work with ANY group of people, they don't have to be your next door neighbors. These parties would work for getting fellow co-workers acquainted (the bowling party would be a great company Christmas Party), or helping church people get acquainted, and a couple of them would even work for a family reunion.

I was actually jealous of all the "neighborly" stuff that was presented. I wish I lived in such a friendly, caring, involved, and fun neighborhood as some of the folks who's stories were featured. I think I'm going to try and be courageous and give some of these ideas a whirl. I haven't tried any of the recipes (there are a lot of them) but they all look yummy.

If you are into throwing parties and are also yearning to be the chairman of neighborhood social committee (held back until this moment only by the lack of creative ideas) you'll *L*O*V*E* that you found this book!!!!
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By Holly on May 22, 2014
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We just moved across the country and are eager to get to know our neighbors, but weren't sure how to meet a large group at once. Peg offers some great suggestions, with much more than just the typical block party. We are parents of many children so time is precious and scarce but these ideas are simple and not expensive. I checked this out at my library...I'm now going to buy it from Amazon!
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By lindadc on October 29, 2011
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Nice addition to my extensive cookbook collection. I have so much fun collecting cookbooks, I need a 2nd home to house them all
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darren T Campo on September 3, 2002
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You can watch Martha Stewart and HGTV all day long and still not know the significance of food as an emotional currency during gatherings. From paying your respects to saying hello to the new neighbors, you'll be reaching for this book so much it belongs next to the dictionary and yellow pages.
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