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A Gentleman Entertains: A Guide to Making Memorable Occasions Happen Hardcover – May 22, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1st edition (May 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558538127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558538122
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Bridges, author of How to Be a Gentleman, is also the coauthor, with Bryan Curtis, of seven other volumes in the best-selling GentleManners series. He is a frequent guest on television and radio news programs, always championing gentlemanly behavior in modern society. Bridges has appeared on the Today Show, the Discovery Channel, and CBS Sunday Morning, and has been profiled in People magazine and the New York Times.

Bryan Curtis is an author and the president of Dance Floor Books. He is the author/coauthor and editor of more than 25 books, including My South, My Southern Food, Classic Wisdom for the Good Life, Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life, and the popular GentleManners series.


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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Joan Brasher on June 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"A Gentleman Entertains" takes a surprisingly unpretentious look at men entertaining, though the book is by no means without merit for women readers. The practical advice and simple, elegant recipes cover a broad range of entertaining scenarios, from casual cocktail parties at home to dining out, to family reunions. The South is perhaps the only place left where it is still fashionable to be genteel, and Bridges lives up to his Southern upbringing without coming across stuffy. Leaving no stone unturned, the book touches on everything from tipping to starting a charcoal grill to choosing the wine. Though the title suggests a certain level of sophistication, the author is just as quick to advise readers to use paper plates when the situation dictates as he is to recommend the proper way to garnish a cocktail. Bridges writing style is crisp and on the wry side, though he had more room to shine in "Keeping Up," a delightful series of essays on his upbringing in Slapout, Al., as well as witty observations on life and martinis. I would have liked to have seen him cut loose in this book a little more stylistically, but being the proper gentleman that he is, he wrote a respectable book suitable for any coffee table. It is a fine follow up to his previous outing, "How to be a Gentleman." I recommend it to anyone who is looking for the kind of practical advice on entertaining that bears repeating and never goes out of style.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jim 'n Em on February 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a rare book that actually deserves 5 stars.

Most books in this genre (including some in this series) are too superficial to be of any help but Bridges does a great job of filling each page of this little book with helpful, practical hints.

There isn't much in the way of recipes or cooking specifics, but that isn't the idea here. Spend $12 on this and $12 on a cook book and you will be set.

In conclusion, the two best things I can say for this are: 1. I have not had to call my mom for any entertaining, non-cooking questions since I got this book. 2. My wife has looked things up in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackson on June 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is one for any gentleman that needs a few recipes. It lays out guidelines for entertaining on several levels and touches on good points to keep in mind. Worth the purchase.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Extremely repetitive book. It can be summarized as follows:

- Do not spend more on a party than you can comfortably afford
- Make sure to have sufficient ice in your house
- The larger the group of people, the earlier you start to plan / invite
- Make sure that all your guests are drinking / eating from the same stuff (not enough china, then use plastic for everybody)
- Make sure to have sufficient ice in your house
- Make sure to have sufficient ice in your house

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I feel this book could have easily been written in 20 pages or less, using the same page-layout (every page has at least 50% of space).

It also misses a lot of content which I expected when it comes to a title such as 'a gentleman entertaining' as it does not really go into any entertaining at all. Instead, it focuses only on the preparations, which are extremely superficial and a lot of the stuff he writes really does not make or break a good time. If you are looking to throw a cocktail party or host a dinner, you are much better off spending a few bucks on a book on cocktails and/or cooking as the quality will far exceed the few recipes you will find here..
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