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Starred Review. There's no way around it: Sedaris fans are going to have to buy both her lavishly illustrated book and her audiobook adaptation. No one should be forced to decide between enjoying the visual delights of her kitschy photo-filled book or the aural pleasures of Sedaris's wonderfully exuberant narration. The rubber-faced comedienne proves equally limber vocally with her quicksilver changes from perfect deadpan to goofy dialects. The jaunty musical score and quirky sound effects enhance the production and complement her narration. Sedaris sounds like she's throwing a party in the studio and listeners would be foolish not to RSVP. The fourth disc contains a PDF file with all 76 recipes for her "15-minute meals in 20 minutes," which were read aloud on the previous discs, in addition to 70 more "Jackpot Recipes." A truly delightful audiobook.
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The actor, caterer, film star, comic, and sister of David Sedaris charms, seduces, entertains, instructs, amuses, and just plain invites readers into her somewhat eclectic life. Readers will revel in the more than 100 recipes with menus for dozens of occasions (or not), from blind date at home to table for one (an evening alone, that is, with steak and salad). Her recipes, by the way, are no rivals to the Culinary Institute of America; for instance, the directions for "carrot coins" call for slicing carrots so they look like coins and sauteing with butter, salt, and pepper. Readers can choose from any number of easy items to craft--a Greek dress, a calf stretcher, or a mini-pantyhose plant hanger. Among the various tips shared: "One possible origin of the term 'monkey dish' [is] originally a dish made from a monkey's skull." But everyone can simply enjoy her wisdom-filled one-liners, with at least one appearing on every page. (About entertaining the elderly, she says, "Keep them engaged or it's the express train to nappy-land.") This is hardly a Reader's Digest compendium, but David Letterman would be pleased with it. Media tours and promotions alone should drive demand. Barbara Jacobs
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Sedaris's sidesplitting guide to throwing parties hopes to return readers to the times when the word entertainment was "charmingly old-fashioned, like courtship or back alley... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Pageturner in NYC
This book has been one of my go-to's for fun and whimsical party ideas. I like to leave it on my coffee table as a conversational piece. Read morePublished 5 days ago by D. Moore
One of my favorite books. I bought it for my crafty girlfriend who is now a big fan.Published 6 days ago by Gerard
Delightful read from a comic genius. Have read this cover to cover a few times and I always enjoy it.Published 2 months ago by Moss79
Hilarious. I was a birthday present, but I ended up reading the whole thing every time I went to her house.Published 2 months ago by Doris P. Fell
Familiar recipes, many with butter or frying in oil. Comfort foods and very simple. Amy Sedaris is funny. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Ligon
I've been a fan of Amy Sedaris for quite a while now & FINALLY went through my 200+ item Amazon wish list and bought "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence" as well... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kellie Cook