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Cornelia Guest's Simple Pleasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking and Easy Entertaining Hardcover – June 12, 2012
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Rory Freedman, co-author of #1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch
“Not only does Cornelia Guest make us feel welcome in her high society world, she enables us to re-create the same understated elegance she invokes for her affluent guests. Who knew being fancy could be so simple?”
“Cornelia Guest’s great sense of style shines in everything she does. Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures reveals the secrets of her entertaining brilliance and is filled with her delicious recipes. We have tasted many and can definitely say that her vegan food is fantastic.”
“Cornelia Guest not only brings you the very best in healthful cuisine, but also brings you a tour of the bounty of nature with each changing season. I love her recipes, as will everyone you invite to join you in the elegant dining experience she has in store.”
John De Lucie, owner/chef of Crown and The Lion, formerly chef of Waverly Inn
“Cornelia Guest has created sensational recipes that will change your mind about eating vegan food—they have certainly changed mine. I was amazed at what you can do without eggs, butter, cream, cheese, meat, fish, and seafood. And you will feel better, too.”
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Cornelia Cochrane Churchill Guest's father was Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, an international polo star and a second cousin of Winston Churchill. Her mother, C.Z. Guest, was an avid horsewoman and gardener. They married in Cuba, at the home of Ernest Hemingway, with Hemingway as best man.
Cornelia was raised at Templeton, her family's 15.5-acre estate on Long Island, now on sale for $9.76 million. Think: dogs, gardens, horses, parties, Andy Warhol as dinner guest and pal. And the kiss of death: In 1982, Life Magazine named her ''the debutante of the year.''
You may think that beautiful blonde heiresses have it made. I was married to one once, and let me assure you, they don't. Over the years, Cornelia Guest has been a fixture on the party circuit, an actress, a crusader for animal rights --- but not, in any identity, widely regarded by the great unwashed as a serious person.
A few years ago, she launched a catering service that specializes in vegan dishes.
And now she's published a vegetarian --- no, wait: vegan --- cookbook: "Cornelia Guest's Simple Pleasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking and Easy Entertaining."
It is a massive surprise.
I mean, it's good. Seriously good. Excellent recipes. Short "Notes from my Friends," who are, it turns out, experts in their fields; they offer smart, pointed advice. And, not least, what Hollywood would call "production value."
It's not the main thing, but in an era where any number of people might like to bring back the guillotine, Cornelia Guest doesn't pretend to be a commoner.Read more ›
smart, and inspired. I could serve this food to anyone. The few recipes I've tried are terrific. I plan to give the book to my carnivore friends.
I looked through the pages available online and thought this just might be what I need, since Ms. Guest has been a gracious hostess since she was a young girl. The book seemed friendly and supportive with tons of ideas about decorating, what kinds of foods to serve (keep it simple and beautiful!), and how to make your guests feel welcome.
Then I read some of the other reviews. They seemed so unlike what I'd read in the book - not friendly, even a little, well...standoffish. So I wasn't sure if I'd like the book after all, since, at that time, nearly all of the reviews came across the same way. I didn't order it, but I kept returning to look at the online pages. Finally, I decided to buy it based on what I'd read in the preview rather than what I'd read in the reviews.
I am so glad I did! My first impressions were right: Ms. Guest is welcoming and warm. She clearly loves animals, and that shines through. But she also loves to entertain and wants to share what she's learned.
Although I confess I haven't made a single recipe or quite summoned the courage to have a party (okay, a small one to start) yet, I will! I've been wanting to write this review sooner rather than waiting in case there are others of you who, like me, weren't quite sure what to think after reading the online pages then the reviews.Read more ›
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I bought the book for myself and, even though I'm not a vegan, I love the vegan recipes in it. The photographs and illustrations are also charming. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Deborah A. Pierro
I really liked her book - didn't know she was a vegetarian -Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great informative little book. I love the seasonal approach and the general layout of the book as well as the photos and recipes.Published 23 months ago by Moet514
The book is a treat for the eyes but all of the baking-type recipes call for Earth Balance (vegan margarine). Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Janet
Vegans & non-vegans will LOVE this book! The full color photographs in this recipe & entertaining book are INSPIRING! Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by GigglingPixie
I never expected the Debutante of the 1980s to write such a wonderful and useful book......cannot wait to put these recipes to good use at my next dinner party.Published on August 15, 2013 by Book Guy
A beautiful book with great recipes. The sale value is spectacular. Great to give as gifts for anyone looking for recipes to add more veggies to one's diet.Published on July 26, 2013 by Charlene Guibeau
Delicious, healthy, easy recipes. Love how the recipes are divided seasonally so you can cook/bake with whatever is fresh in season. Nicely laid out, beautiful photos. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Elin