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Instant Entertaining Hardcover – November 7, 2006

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About the Author

At the age of eight, Donna Hay skipped into a kitchen, picked up a mixing bowl and never looked back. She moved to the world of magazine test kitchens and publishing, where she established her trademark style of simple, smart and seasonal recipes all beautifully put together and photographed. It is food for every cook, every food lover, every day and every occasion. Her unique style turned her into an international food-publishing phenomenon as a bestselling author of 20 cookbooks, publisher of donna hay magazine, newspaper columnist, and creator of a homewares and food range.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061236268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061236266
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Woodley on June 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Donna Hay has always appealed to me. Her writing and recipe format are very simple and straightforward - the presentation in this book is also outstanding. She seems to have developed an understanding on how to make cooking seem easy. She has never attained the popularity of Jamie Oliver, yet that is the closest chef I would personally align her with. She enjoys simple cooking with lovely ingredients. The recipes are uncomplicated but with delicious outcomes.

She is not afraid of introducing you to new techniques and ingredients, but there is no snobbery about it.

The layout in the book works well each page has four recipes which work in well for simple entertaining. They include a dessert dish as well as flavours which combine well.

She offers suggestions of replacements which can be used, so for the Lemongrass greens she lists a few other things which can be used as alternatives.

There are a variety of entertaining situtaions with suitable recipes - includeing Barbeques, Saturday nights, sunday brunches and special occassions.

She also offers some style suggesions such as fresh hand cloths (and how to prepare them) for finger food, using egg cups for vases, and how to make iced coffee

In the back are prepartation notes if you want to do things yourself. There are asterixs throughout the book so you can buy the item, or you can use the section in th eback to prepare it yourself - if that is what you like to do - stocks, pastry, potatoes, etc - it also has notes such as the importance of various types of ingredients such as star anise, red wine vinegar and rice flour etc

This book allows cooks and budding chefs to work at a variety of levels - and allows room to grow and develop. An excellent resource! and Lovely book to look at too!
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I'm embarasses to say, I have over 600 cookbooks. (I really use them) I'm trying to be e x t r e m e l y critical, before buying anymore! I love Donna Hay - have 4 of her previous books, special ordered this from our library, glanced at it - thought, oh well - seems too basic and easy, then looked page by page. Cannot 'copy' my favorite specifics - need the entire book. This book will be my summer 'bible' - PRESENTATIONS ARE ALL MORE THAN GORGEOUS - EACH MEMU - PERFECT and all encredibly easy.
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Donna Hay makes the recipes seem effortless, but take the time to put everything together neatly. The pictures are oustanding and clean, as usual, and the menu items aren't as daunting to the American culture as some of her other books. She pieces together themed menus and gives great style ideas for the parties. I only wish the book was scratch and sniff.
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Depending on your entertaining scenario, this book is convenient for a dinner party for two or eight. What I like about it is that there are actual menus planned for the type of meal you're preparing.

I made my New Year's Eve dinner (for two) from this book and I was impressed - as well as my other half. All of the recipes call for fresh and wholesome ingredients. I definitely recommend this for experienced chefs who are passionate about gourmet cuisine.
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This book is incredible. So far with relative ease, I've made 3 of the dishes. What I love about it is Hay selects her ingredients carefully. She uses tons of herbs to create flavor and the result is delicious, rich meals without all the fuss. Having a baby means I have much less time for cooking at the moment, but this book is the fix. Her images are gorgeous, and the instructions are easy to follow. BUY IT for sure!!
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I had heard of this book, I ordered it from Amazon I was able to pick from a list of new & used books. I picked used and it was in very good condition.
The book is ideal for people who love to entertain but also want to keep it simple. The recipes are easy to follow and the photographs are fabulous to help with presentation.
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