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Katie Brown Celebrates: Simple and Spectacular Parties All Year Round Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 3, 2008
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In this book, Katie Brown gives you recipes, and ideas for decorating and favors for a party a month. She covers everything from a Spicy Graduation Celebration to A Birthday Valentine to Holiday Brunch. At the back of the book she has included Mix and Match Menus (using the included recipes) to create even more celebrations. There's also a great picture index in the back.
One of the things I love about this book is that the dishes and decorations don't look professionally made - they look like something that can be duplicated easily. As an example, I've included the picture of the Wafer Cake she made for a Kids' Day party. The cake is made from a mix and the frosting is from a tub. All you have to do is create the decorations.
I tried out the recipe for Herbed Feta Puffs (from The Welcome Wagon) and they are simple and delicious. I have to admit to "sampling" quite a bit of the filling as I made these.
" After all, the art of celebration is what makes life fun - it is what creates tradition and memories."
Brown provides us with the tools and ideas to make our own celebrations and memories. There are monthly ideas including graduations, birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and many more. Each month is introduced by an anecdote from Brown's life. There are decorations, favours, table settings and of course recipes for every occasion.
There are some great quick ideas - try using different colours and widths of duct tape to give a picnic table a new tablecloth. There are more involved ideas to create elegant tableaus as well.
What I enjoyed most were the recipes. There are some basics that are sure to become family traditions - Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Roll Ups has been tried and enjoyed in my kitchen. And some new twists on old standbys - Whole Grain Potato Salad, Apple Brownies. As well, there are some recipes that are completely new that I cannot wait to try - Parmesan Soup with Swiss Chard Dumplings is on my list. But my sweet tooth rules - there are some totally decadent desserts featured that had my mouth watering.
The entire book is filled with glossy, colour photographs detailing everything. There is also a section with the recipes broken down into categories - soups, main, desserts etc. Brown has also combined the recipes into new occasions - garden lunch, candlelight dinner and more.
This is a great book to follow or use as inspiration as you create your own celebrations.
Some recipe titles include:
' Parmesan Soup with Swiss Chard-Stuffed Dumplings
' Gorgonzola-Stuffed Potatoes
' White Bean-Lamb Stew
' Herbed Feta Puffs
' Pizza Stick Roll-Ups
' Green Garden Soup
' Lemon-Rhubarb Trifle
' Moroccan Braised Chicken
' Apple Brownies
' Pear Salad With Jicama Radish, and Celery
.....And MUCH, MUCH MORE!
With unique and creative party planning and menu ideas, many of which I have never seen before, you are sure to find everything you will need to delight even the most discerning of guests.
I very highly recommend this book!
(10 out of 10 Diamonds) - Absolutely LOVED it!!
© 2008-2009 Bobbie Crawford-McCoy (Book Reviews By Bobbie).
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gave this to a friend at work whose the event planner - she loved several of the table centerpieces and ideasPublished 4 months ago by Sasha's mom
I am a fan of the Katie Brown books and have not seen this one. The book is terrific and I am excited to have it in my collectionPublished on December 29, 2011 by Lizanne McClellan