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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: 9.3 x 7.3 x 1 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: #524,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is by far my favorite cookbook. It's everything I've been looking for--simple recipes using the freshest ingredients that create power-packed, flavorful dishes. I have a goal of cooking my way through this beautiful cookbook. I've already made many of the dishes and haven't been disappointed yet. Even my children exclaim approval. Also, it's a delight to find a vegan cookbook that isn't influenced by the tatooed crowd. Cornelia Guest, won't you create another volume? I'm longing for more of the same thing!!!!!
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Cornelia Guest is an amazing author with a very interesting story to tell. She is not only the quintessential hostess, but also someone who is involved with charities and causes that protect animals and promote healthy lifestyles. She has brought a chic component to "vegan" and "ethical" in a way nobody else has done before. The recipes in the book are easy and delicious and Cornelia's stories are easy to relate to. This is definitely a new classic!
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Cornelia Guest serves up a beautifully photographed and delightfully illustrated, sprite book filled with vegan recipes and seasonal entertaining ideas. Guest successfully encourages a healthier, more mindful way of life, even to the point of instructing the gentle reader to retire to the raspberry patch with guests for a summer dinner party's "entr'acte" course. Pull out the polo trophies for the cut fleurs and put the generations' old china into service; mix up the sterling flat wear and don't tolerate guests' rudeness, all the while keeping it light and vegan. The book reads precisely the way I'd imagined - and it remains true to Guest's gentrified voice - but I wish Diane Reverand, the book's editor, had exercised more control over the finished product. The text can be sloppy and repetitive, even to the point of using the same sentence twice on page 123. My wish? That Reverand had encouraged fewer "so's" and structured sentences more imaginatively, and had tightened up Guest's nice ideas. The recipes are entirely basic - I had hoped for slightly more. But what was I to expect of a cookbook that promises simplicity written by a socialite wearing a Marchesa gown?
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