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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (July 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764334816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764334818
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michelle Valigursky has won multiple awards and the grand prize in the U.S. Chef's Open, written several cookbooks, and is featured regularly on television throughout the Southeast. She offers budget-friendly ideas and solutions for cooking, entertaining, and designing on her website, www.creativeideasforliving.com.

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Michelle Valigursky grew up in the Northeast. For thirty years she's written books and magazine articles about her lifestyle passions - home, entertaining, cooking, interior design and family life. An avid photographer, Michelle is an award-winning chef who earned highest honors in the U.S. Chefs' Open. She's penned cookbooks of original recipes and countless magazine articles. Her writing life includes being a book ghostwriter, corporate speechwriter and photojournalist. After a happy courtship, she married her high school sweetheart, Ed. They live with their sons Mike and Nick and their three shih tzus in Atlanta.

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Definitely a keeper in my library of go-to books."
Melissa A.
It is full of wonderfully simple as well as more complex examples of plating dishes, setting tables, arranging buffets, and creative garnishing.
Grey Goose Gal
This is a truly a must-have book for people who love to entertain or enjoy food that not only tastes incredible, but looks amazing!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robin McDermott on February 9, 2011
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The cover of this book is a tip-off to what is to come inside. When was the last time you saw canapes on bread cut into circles topped with cream cheese and a cucumber cut into a start shape? When Ronald Regan was president! If you are looking for more ideas like what you see on the cover, then the book will not disappoint. If you are looking for some tips for presenting food in the 21st century, keep looking.

While the book is copyrighted 2010, the photos, styling and food is a blast from the past making it outdated for a table 10% of the way through the new millennium. The quality of the photos remind me of some of the old Sunset cookbooks that I purged from my collection in Y2K - Way over color-corrected, very staged and far too fussy for the rustic elegance that graces tables today. I have hundreds of food-related books and this is the first I have been so disappointed with that I am returning it.

I bought the book because the other reviews were all so good. I am writing this review so that the next person who considers purchasing the book will have another person's opinion to consider.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nadinoo on August 9, 2012
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If you are looking for a book on food presentation from the 1980's , that's your book.
Presentations are outdated and pictures are very low quality.
No new ideas and uninteresting.
Sad to have spent money on it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grey Goose Gal on September 5, 2010
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If you entertain at all, or if you wish you could, or if you just want to elevate everyday family meals and snacks to a more elegant level, this is a must-buy book. It is full of wonderfully simple as well as more complex examples of plating dishes, setting tables, arranging buffets, and creative garnishing. The photographs are superb and clearly display Michelle's use of many everyday basic items we all have in our homes. A few examples are stacking pre-sliced mini cocktail breads in a spiral (page 58), using martini or on-the-rocks glasses of varying height for serving basic condiments such as pickles and olives (page 55 - and who doesn't have an odd assortment of this kind of glassware!), even artistically presenting the humble grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup (page 46).

In addition, the author has included loads of easy non-recipes from cocktails and appetizers through desserts. This book is a steal at this price. I promise you'll get dozens of ideas that can be utilized for years to come.

Food Presentation Tips and Inspiration will now be my go-to holiday, bridal shower, and housewarming gift!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 21, 2010
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This book is even better than Michelle's "Curb Appeal" book. Fabulous photographs, organized beautifully, and a "must" for any coffee table or cook's kitchen. Well-written, entertaining, and practical. What a terrific publication!
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