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Gathering of Friends Spiral-bound – 2008


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Clarenden Woods, LLC. (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981698603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981698601
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette L. Skwor on January 19, 2010
This is a beautiful book, maybe not really a cookbook at all - certainly not your standard-issue cookbook. The pictures, the script, the stories, the ideas well-chosen and beautifully represented. I first saw this book in a gift shop and just fell in love with it. Have had it as a coffee table book for almost a year, sit every now and then and just page through it. It is arranged by occasion, holidays and others (a hero party :-) with recipes and creative decorating. The authors seem to be conscientious and wonderful hostesses, I sure wish I could get on their guest list just once! There is a website also ([...]) and a vol. 2. Why doesn't Amazon carry that, I wonder? Anyway the current going price ($99+) for used is high, it is available elsewhere for much less. Well worth having, IMO.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cooks for fun on April 12, 2012
I just recently purchased volumes 2 and 4 after leafing thru them in a gift shop. The table scapes, food styling and landscapes are just lovely. The format with the shopping and pantry lists are helpful and the space for comments is also nice although I could never bring my self to actually write in this beautiful book. Maybe just a post it note. I was very surprised then when I began reading the recipes to see some of the ingredients called for. I don't know of any cooks or chefs who recommend "cooking wine" since it is full of salt and other additives. The best way is always to use what you would drink. Likewise, bullion cubes, both beef and chicken or granulated chicken bullion or dried salad dressing or gravy mixes. Why would you suggest a cool whip type topping that is basically a mix of chemicals instead of real whipped cream for deserts? I'm glad I bought the books but would make lots of changes to many of the recipes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Party Diva on October 5, 2009
This is one of my favorite cookbooks! Is a cookbooks based on several dinner parties with 10 to 12 guests. Includes menus for each party, a shopping list, place for notes and a tablescape for each!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 13, 2011
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First of all, the book is beautiful. Pretty enough to be a coffee table book. The pictures are just stunning. Then, the recipes are simple and easy enough for everyday cooking. The shopping lists are in the back and they have the menu broke down into weeks. Can't be any easier than that? I have both volumes and they are my go-to cookbooks. Great for gifts!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kitchen Profewssionals on March 31, 2011
Love this recipe from the book
Fried Tomato Sandwiches

1/4 c. butter
3-4 ripe tomatoes
5 oz. cream cheese
1/3 - 1/2 cup sugar
salt and pepper
1 baguette cut into 1/4 inch slices (20 slices)
Melt butter in frying pan. Place sliced tomatoes in pan and sprinkle with ½ of the sugar, salt and pepper. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, flip and sprinkle with remaining sugar, salt and pepper. Sauté for an additional 4-5 minutes. If tomatoes seem runny, continue to sauté on low heat until sauce thickens.

Place baguette slices on a cookie sheet and broil until golden. Spread with softened cream cheese and return to oven until cream cheese bubbles.

Spread fried tomatoes over open faced toasted baguette.

Michelle Huxtable has successfully created gathering places for many years as an interior designer. As a talented chef, her passion for creating a comfortable gathering place is motivated by her innate desire to surround herself and others with beauty. She feels that food is a love language and that carefully preparing a meal is a genuine expression of oneself. A creative, artistic flare embellishes everything she does. Michelle has owned an interior design firm designs her own custom built furniture. She also enjoys working with her husband in the construction industry building residential homes. She has six children and five grandchildren. They reside in Holladay, Utah.

Alyse Christensen graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication - Business. Born and raised in Salt Lake City,Utah,she has also lived in Vienna, Austria, The Netherlands and Seattle,Washington. She now resides in Holladay, Utah with her husband and four young children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy A. Muchler on January 1, 2012
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I have really enjoyed this cookbook. Recipes are great and I like all the tablescapes. I hope to purchase the other volumes. I would definitely recommend "The Gathering of Friends, Volume 1" This item was purchased from Amazon. The seller was very expedient in shipping item.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey T on December 27, 2010
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This is a beautiful cookbook with great recipes and wonderful table setting ideas. This is my third one to purchase. Makes a wonderful gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By k filip on November 23, 2010
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This is a great cookbook. Love it. Going to give it as a gift. Would
order from you again.
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