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The Big Book of Potluck: Good Food - and Lots of It - for Parties, Gatherings, and All Occasions Kindle Edition

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Vollstedt (Big Book of Soups & Stews; Big Book of Casseroles; etc.) is no stranger to the single dish, and she knows party-size portions. The Oregon-based author offers tips on throwing a potluck ("give yourself enough time to plan") as well as guidelines for hosting or attending events including church parties, picnics or at-home celebrations. With more than 275 recipes, her helpful book offers an abundant selection of hors d'oeuvres, including fancy spreads (e.g., Greek Cheese Spread with Roasted Red Pepper on Toasted Pita Wedges; White Bean and Garlic Purée) and dips (Fresh Herbs and Walnut), and more traditional platters, such as Party Deviled Eggs. In addition to great salads (e.g,. Chicken Curry Salad with Chutney Dressing), Vollstedt's casseroles and other baked dishes stand out, with such crowd-pleasers as End-of-Summer Vegetable and Fresh Herb Casserole; Beef Enchiladas; and Ziti with Tomatoes, Artichokes, Basil, Cheese, and Olives.
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About the Author

Maryana Vollstedt is the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including The Big Book of Breakfast, The Big Book of Soups & Stews, The Big Book of Casseroles, What's for Dinner?, and Pacific Fresh, all from Chronicle Books. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 901 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (October 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009UWRGHE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maryana Vollstedt has written several Chronicle cookbooks in the Big Book series. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dave Faris VINE VOICE on December 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
After some not so successful experiments with dishes at a recent family gathering, I decided to pick this one up. It's certainly not full of gourmet fare, but its full of the sort of thing everyone loves and remembers from when they were kids... familiar, stick-to-your-ribs recipes. Though the food is geared towards crowds (most recipes serve 6-8 people, so they're definitely going to be leftovers in our house when I make them). None of the recipes are complex, nor do they require outlandish ingredients, and are well within the grasp of all but the most inept chefs. This is a good, basic cookbook that anyone who enjoys cooking for a crowd would love.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Cooper on February 5, 2008
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Lots of good recipes but not a picture in the book if you like a picture now and then this ones not for you, Now if you can get along without them its a good book lots to make easy I seem to have most of the ingredients right in the pantry. I would have given it 5 stars if it had a few pictures.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By a reader on August 8, 2007
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With school-age kids, I feel like I'm always bringing things for teacher-appreciation luncheons, etc. I have some dishes I'm used to making, but I needed some new ideas. I looked over some other potluck books, but I was impressed with the wide selection available in this book. So far I've made cream cheese stuffed mushrooms (excellent--and much easier than a stuffed mushroom recipe I used to make), greek vegetable salad, and an oven pasta with mushrooms and cheese. (I wouldn't make those dishes for my picky kids, but they are great for the teachers and staff.) I am favorably impressed and plan to check out some of the author's other cookbooks as well.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Captain Fun on September 10, 2005
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Few items purchased nowadays live up to expectations. This is a delightful exception. The receipes are well done, simple, tasty, and there is plenty of variety. Want to minimize your time in the kitchen? Want quality eats? Get this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rain City Girl on August 7, 2014
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I have all of Maryana Vollstedt's "Big Book" series. They are ALL great! Always get compliments and requests for recipes. So far, I've never come across a recipe that wasn't a success. Her Big Book of Breakfasts has an Eggs Florentine casserole that is so easy that I can assemble it the night before, pop it in the oven the next morning and it's good enough for guests. It even travels well when baked, so I take it to the cabin. It reheats well and is very, very popular. That's the way most of her recipes are. You'll be glad you got this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By idahocntryboy on January 1, 2012
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Being single and wanting to participate in the church potlucks this has been an inspiration to me as a man who cannot boil water without burning the pan. I have never been one to survive on tv dinners and this book takes me out of my comfort zone to cook for myself until God brings the wife he chose for me.
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By S. Gorrow on October 9, 2014
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No matter how good the recipes are in an e-cookbook, they are useless if you can't access them easily. The best formatted cookbooks let you do this with ease. The worst have no indices or tables of contents so you have to laboriously page through all the recipes trying to find the one you want.

"The Big Book of Potluck: Good Food and Lots of It- for Parties..." falls in between the worst and the best. You cannot find the table of contents or the index using the search feature on the Kindle. You have to page through to find it and then it only gives you chapter headings i.e. Meat Dishes, Desserts. It does not subcategorize the individual recipes for example Chicken Asparagus and Mushroom Casserole or Flaky Pie Crust. The chapter introductions are equally lacking. The author writes about a few of her favorite recipes and you can access these directly with a link but you have to page through to find the remainder of the recipes. It would have been so much more helpful if the individual recipes were listed with a link to their page. While you can find the index with the search feature it is organized alphabetically but it is huge so you have to have time and patience to search that too.

I hope in the future that e-cookbooks develop a standard format that allows busy cooks to easily access their recipes. My rating is based entirely on the format of this e-book, not on its contents. The recipes may be wonderful but I would want the hard copy to use them.
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I got this first as a Kindle book from the library, and wasn't really expecting too much from it. I'm really surprised at the variety in this cookbook. The salad section is amazing. I haven't even gotten to the main dishes yet and decided I had to have this cookbook as part of my collection of 800+ cookbooks. I'm not expecting to like every recipe, but so far I see a few I'll try. Someone said in a review this is mostly basic recipes. I would tend to disagree with that statement. Granted, there are some basic's, but I think there's plenty of variety here. I see several chicken enchilada recipes I want to try. I may have to check out some of her other cookbooks!
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