The self-proclaimed Diva of Do-Ahead says she is "the coach to help you get the dinner prepared ahead of time so you can enjoy your family and friends." Her point: what fun is a party when the harried host is stuck in the kitchen? The thorough and engaging Diva comes through, offering creative ideas for invitations, tips for deciding how much food to make and recommendations for equipment and tools. Her 12 party plans span the year, from New Year's Eve through Passover to Christmas. Do-ahead countdowns have specifics for planning ahead (from six months down to five minutes before an event). Classic recipes include Grilled Lemon Chicken Breast; innovative ones include Roasted Tomato and Pesto Cheesecake with Polenta Crust, and Creamy Corn Bisque with French Chives and Heart-Shaped Crostini. Highlights come from the Thanksgiving and Christmas classes she's taught for 15 years, including an impressive strategy for the perfect roast turkey. The book's clear language and devotion to detail make it appropriate for novices and accomplished cooks alike. (Oct.)
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Diane Phillips has been teaching her easy, elegant, do-ahead approach to parties and holiday get-togethers at cooking schools around the country for more than 15 years. She is a spokesperson for Lipton Recipe Secrets and the author of several cookbooks, including Perfect Party Food, The Ultimate Rotisserie Cookbook, and The Soup Mix Gourmet. She is also the author of The Perfect Basket: How to Make a Fabulous Gift Basket for Any Occasion.
Not exactly what I'd expected; have not tried the recipes but am sure a few will be worthwhile. Seems the author had lots of holidays in mind, not just Thanksgiving and Christmas,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda Muro
Make-ahead recipes are the ones I prefer to prepare when I have dinner parties. So I know I will be very happy with this book!Published 8 months ago by maggie
Most recipes required way too many ingredients and not really do ahead. Just a little bit of preparation and finish the day of party which left most of the prep on same day as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mary
This is my go to cookbook for holiday cooking. Her recipes use ingredients commonly found in the grocery store yet her dishes are fantastic. Read morePublished 22 months ago by GypsySpirit
This was a HUGE help to me during the holidays. A good cook's must have, and it's good year round!Published on July 1, 2013 by Dan's sweetie
This and its sister book Perfect Party Foods by Diane Phillips are the best cookbooks in my collect. I have well over 100 current cookbooks that I use. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Patricia T. Jodry