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

Maryana Vollstedt
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Book Description

Maryana Vollstedt, queen of the best-selling Big Book series, has put the luck back in potluck with more than 250 delicious, no-nonsense recipes. From Chile Cheese Wheels and citrusy Sunburst Salad, to Moroccan Chicken with Dates and Couscous and luscious Hazelnut-Cappuccino Cake, these crowd-pleasing dishes are perfect for toting to family reunions, book clubs, showers, church suppers, picnics, and parties galore - and have everyone begging for the recipe. With tips for streamlining preparation and suggestions for transporting treats safely, this heartwarming collection guarantees that dish will go home empty!

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic, but good December 23, 2004
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would have liked it with pictures 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
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of great potluck selections August 8, 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars YUM YUM YUM 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and delicious! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars It helps me 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly formatted 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A good variety of recipes, something to please everyone. September 4, 2014
By Karen
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just a really great book. Bought it for the salad recipies.
Published 2 months ago by Kydilee
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks like some good recipes
Looks like some good recipes. I have not tried any of them out. I was looking for recipes with large amounts of ingredients, and this book seems to have that. Good condition
Published 2 months ago by Karen M. Calaway
4.0 out of 5 stars Recipes sound very appealing - can't wait to start cooking!
I haven't actually made any of the recipes yet but I love to read cookbooks like novels. Many great looking recipes - I can hardly wait until my next potluck. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christy Rowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A nice book with some good recipes.
Published 7 months ago by Jan Barcelo
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very basic 1960's recipes.... And the "crowd" is 6 to 8 servings. Save your money.
Published 7 months ago by Ilze R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 8 months ago by Nadiezhda T. Pereira
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good recipes!
Published 8 months ago by Andra D. Borrell
4.0 out of 5 stars I always enjoyed Maryana Vollstedt's columns in the newspaper
I always enjoyed Maryana Vollstedt's columns in the newspaper. When I had a chance to buy this book I got it. I really like her recipes, especially the varied salad dressings.
Published 9 months ago by Hecetamom
5.0 out of 5 stars I love my potluck cookbook and bought as a thank you ...
I love my potluck cookbook and bought as a thank you gift for another friend. It's absolutely the best recipes - I've only encountered one that I did not like. Excellent!
Published 10 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes for gatherings.
Wonderful, easy, reliable recipes. This is my go to book when I have a party at my house. I have given this book as a gift to friends as well, I like it that much.
Published 11 months ago by Kathleen Whiting
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More About the Author

Maryana Vollstedt has written several Chronicle cookbooks in the Big Book series. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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