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Entertaining Hardcover – December 13, 1982

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This is the book that launched an empire. Martha Stewart's Entertaining was the world's first exposure to the doyenne of domestication. Entertaining offers recipes and menus for a number of different parties, including wedding receptions, afternoon teas, and a sumptuous Christmas dessert buffet. The book is lavishly illustrated, and much attention is paid to the dishes' presentation as well as their preparation. Even if you use it only as a springboard for your own party planning, Martha Stewart's Entertaining will provide fodder for many a celebration.

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With 500 glorious full-color photographs, 300 original recipes, and hundreds of innovative ideas, Entertaining is the book that revolutionized the way people entertain today. 500 full-color photographs.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (December 13, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517544199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517544198
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, homekeeping, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the Emmy-winning daily syndicated television program, and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which publishes several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living; produces Martha Stewart Living Radio; and provides a wealth of ideas and information on her website.

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 15, 2004
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This book was published over 20 years ago. It is the foundation of Martha Stewart's reputation, the starting point of her magazine, TV shows, and Kmart product line. The book is worthy of that reputation, as I am hard pressed to think of how any book could do a better job at its chosen task.
I chose to review this old, now classic volume because I recently reviewed two new books on entertaining menus and I felt I could not do the subject justice without consulting the established authority on the subject. I also felt compelled to visit this book because in spite of Martha's well-publicized problems, I have believed she is very good at what she does. Her success is not built on hype, marketing, or fluff. This book demonstrates that fact.
As pointed out by a recent biographer, Christopher Byron, in the book `Martha, Inc.', Stewart has largely invented her persona of talented amateur who happens to be very good at classic `homemaking' tasks. This `handmade' aspect of her character comes through in all her works, and it is not seen as phoniness or pretend knowledge. I believe it is seen as an attitude of `Look, even I, an untrained (fill in what you will) can do this. You can too.' In fact, on one of her TV shows, Martha says her job is really `learning fast' from experts. She constantly praises and quotes from genuine experts such as Julia Child without assuming any credit for having the smarts to have borrowed from such a well-recognized source. In decorating, a constant theme is doing clever things with inexpensive materials to achieve a `Wow' effect. Many of her recommendations can lead one to a fairly hefty price tag, but then, you are foolish if you plan a party for 12 or 24 or 48 or 100 and wish to have it come off well, and not expect a pretty sizable cost.
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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful By J. on January 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed to discover that the 16 year old book had NOT been updated in any way, other than a new cover and 1 page preface. The photos are outdated and the wedding portion does not have any of the new cake decorating techniques such as rolled fondant. At the very least, I expected updated photos.
However, the recipes look wonderful and the tips on entertaining for different sized groups are helpful. The frugal shopper may wish to simply purchase a used copy of the old version of Entertaining on the auction site since it's EXACTLY the same.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on January 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is incredibly helpful and full of great recipes. As for the person who wrote the bad review about the recipes... well, the grapes aren't stuffed, they're 'coated' (big difference)... as per the comment about the new potatoes, not being able to pick up the toppings with the potatoe? You're not supposed to pick up the toppings 'with' the potatoe... you use a small appetizer plate and eat with a fork. As for the Phylly dough... it's always greasy, that has nothing to do with this recipe. I almost didn't buy this book because of that review, but decided to try it anyway and I'm so glad I did! Martha Stewart is very down to earth with her stories about the mistakes she's learned from etc. Very enjoyable.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I bought my first copy of Entertaining in 1984 when I still lived in a house large enough to give big parties. It worked for me then, and it still works for me years later now that I've downsized my life.
I guess I'd have to call this book "art" if one relies on words such as inspiring and beautiful to define art. For instance, one of my favorite recipes is the Iced Lemon Souffle. It is a light, tart, refreshing end to a heavy meal and there are rave reviews each time I serve it. I've served it in a clear bowl like a trifle with raspberry puree and I've used it as an emergency pie filling in a frozen, store-bought pie shell (forgive me, Martha). Either way, I was inspired to try new things by this very useful book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a staple in my kitchen. Do I cook all the upscale, gourmet recipes? I'd love to say yes, but in all honesty I haven't the time! I *have* tried the sugar cookies, and they went over well with my three little boys! The reason I love this book is that I can read a bit, look at the lovely pictures, and gain fresh inspiration to make my little home a lovelier place. Also, for any Martha-phile, this book is a good place to peek inside Martha's life and hear her thoughts for more than just a five minute segment on her show.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By AtHomeInWestport on May 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a neighbor of Martha Stewart's in the charming town of Westport, Connecticut, I have had the pleasure of being invited into her home several times. Granted, that ended around the time she became so well-known, but Martha is a truly wonderful woman who is an encyclopedia of entertainment know-how. Fortunately for the rest of the world, this book is *the* next best thing to having Martha in the kitchen and at the party with you. Creative recipies, table settings, and other ideas which help to enhance the environment of any party- large or small.
I feel that this book should be a part anyone's home library who can appreciate the fine art of entertaining and wishes to take their gatherings and functions to the next level.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Even with my extensive library of quality cookbooks, when I want great ideas on food presentation or party items that show my friends I care about them, I turn to this beautiful classic. At my parties, if a guest asks where I got this recipe, I take out the book and show them. The pictures alone produce lots of oohs and aahs. It's on the shelf of many chefs
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