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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?”

Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder and President of Preventative Medicine Research Institute
“Cornelia Guest shows with style and grace how beautiful and delicious the most healthy way of eating can be. What matters most is not just how long we live, but also how well we live. Now, we can do both. Highly recommended!”
 
Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Badgley Mischka
“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.”
 
Neal Barnard, M.D., President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
“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.”

About the Author

Cornelia Guest is a longtime animal rights activist, philanthropist, and businesswoman. In 2009, she founded Cornelia Guest Events and Cornelia Guest Cookies, and she is currently launching a vegan product line that includes handbags, wallets, and dog accessories. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602861625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602861626
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jesse Kornbluth on June 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you want to be taken seriously, you might not want to be a socialite.

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.
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I received simple pleasures as a gift , because my husband and I are vegetarians. The recipes in this lavish book are inspiring--they are simple,
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.
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As someone who owns many vegan/vegetarian cookbooks, I feel qualified to recommend this one. This is not your average cookbook. Cornelia Guest has woven a tapestry of delightful stories, beautiful photographs and scrumptious recipes. The recipes are easy to follow and conveniently arranged by season. And, if that is not enough, there are also practical ideas for entertaining one guest or a large gathering. Buy this book, you will not be disappointed.
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Simple Pleasures, Cornelia Guest's cookbook is a great looking, beautifully designed book, the information is eye-opening, and her recipes will help me get healthy and delicious meals on the table for my family and friends. I am excited about using her seasonal recipes to put the produce from my local farmers' market to good use and serve fresh, simple foods in new and exciting ways.
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I love this book! It is a beautiful hardcover edition filled with so much - recipes, entertaining tips and ideas, beautiful pictures, sample menus and did I mention beautiful pictures?! Cornelia shares stories of her own personal experiences throughout as well giving this book such a personal feel. This is such a useful book for decorating and entertaining, but also a beautiful book to have sitting on the coffee table to pick up and page through in a few spare moments! I love the sections for each season with the lists of seasonal flowers, sample menus and recipes. Such a beautiful book, I cannot stress this enough! This is one that any hostess will get much use out of and enjoy all at the same time!
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I'm a long-time vegan who loves to cook (and prepare raw food meals, too). For years, I've wanted to entertain, but it's always felt like too much pressure to have everything just right. The idea of having a party was intimidating. I've been looking for a book that would offer helpful suggestions to get me started.

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.
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