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Fandango: Recipes, Parties, and License to Make Magic Hardcover – October 12, 2007

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"To thumb through the pages of Fandango is to enter an idyll, and to imagine a better, tastier and more beautiful life than the one we’ve been living."— Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; 1St Edition edition (October 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579653383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653385
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,430,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By hungry on February 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was glad I checked this book out of the library before buying.

"Parties" implies that the book has many examples, but it has just a handful. I was also eager to learn about the "license to make magic" - presumably examples of design elements to make events magical for guests. That was just a marketing catchphrase, I guess. The author did not get into specifics.

It's basically a portfolio of 5-6 parties that the author has designed/hosted, with beautiful full-page photos, the menus, and a light description of the details and how the party turned out. So all you can do is read about each particular theme and see how she chose to execute it. With the limited number of themes, there's not enough depth to improve your party planning creativity. I think the only reason this is a book and not a magazine article is as a showcase for the full-page photos.

Also, although it's been awhile since I looked at the book, I recall that all the parties were outdoors - fine for California; not so useful for the rest of the country. I would have liked to see examples of how the author made some magic in a boring function room.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Casey DeFranco on November 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Fandango" is the most beautiful book! Sandy Hill really puts the entertain in entertaining. The Brussels Sprouts with walnuts and vinigrette recipe is divine. I already tried it and it will become one of my Thanksgiving classics.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on November 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Every year for as long as I can remember, I buy my mom the "latest" cookbook. This is the first time I re-ordered a second copy for myself. The book is extraordinary. The recipes are straightforward and Sandy's imagination is clearly limitless. This is, hands down, the 2007 Holiday book of the year.
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I actually have bought this book twice I liked it so well, Once for me and once for a friend. The pictures and ideas are great and I look forward to some day actualy trying the recipies. The pictures and "how to time lines" help with party planning and gave me some very interesting ideas for throwing a spectacular gala. The parties were not cheep, fast nor easily exicuted. These are spectaculare events with imported elephants and 18th century silver. Not for kids and paper plates.
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By MARY ANNE on July 26, 2012
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BEAUTIFUL BOOK COFFEE TABLE or GIFT EXCELLENT IDEAS & RECIPIES FOR JUST ABOUT ANY OCCASION WOULD GIVE OVER & OVER AGAIN
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First Class...just like everything Sandy Hill does!!
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By Sharr on January 24, 2015
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loved it
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