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Williams-Sonoma Entertaining: Inspired menus for cooking with family and friends Hardcover – October 1, 2004


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  • Series: Williams-Sonoma Entertaining
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848727819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848727819
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of my favorite cookbooks.
Max Kate
The recipes are terrific but more importantly, the book includes table settings and ideas for party favors and gifts for your guests.
James Means
There are wine and food pairing suggestions, info. on the types of glasses you may need, etc., etc.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Yellow Roses on July 31, 2006
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Thank you for a wonderful book that gives us outside of North America an opportunity to create awesome menus and by extension meals with what we have. I live in Jamaica and was inspired by each menu. It is summer but I follwed the Easter Brunch menu slavishly. I enjoyed the Wine Lovers Evening and was delighted to find a things to do with all the wine corks I have been saving.

I believe a strength of this book is the instructions which feel more like suggestions which you just fall into and you do and they make the entire evening a success. There may well be other books that do this but I would say that this book is moving to the head of my class of my over 60 cook books.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James Means on December 5, 2006
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This really isn't so much a cookbook as it is a book for people who love to entertain. The book has party/entertaining ideas divided by season. Each season has 4 entertaining "ideas", each of which is amazing.

The recipes are terrific but more importantly, the book includes table settings and ideas for party favors and gifts for your guests. It's a beautifully photographed and thoughtfully written book with a wealth of great ideas about how to entertain. It has something for both the novice and seasoned party giver. Buy it, read it, and throw a dinner party--that's my advice! Then you can bask in the glow of your guests' admiration.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ninapb on December 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Great book for those who love to entertain and cook for others. Their themes are unique but easy to pull off, and I love how they also have crafts ideas on party favors, flower arrangements, decorating ideas, etc. in addition to the recipes. Probably my most favorite entertaining book so far.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Max Kate on November 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The recipes are delicious and easy to make- the photos are beautiful and the book inspires you to entertain simply and elegantly. One of my favorite cookbooks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hambone on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am really surprised at the (good) reviews of this cookbook! We are having a party soon and I went to this cookbook as I have in the past and was disappointed once again. There are two major problems with this cookbook...

First, it is organized by menus. If you are going to cook one of their 5 or 6 course meals you are in luck. But if you are searching for, say, appetizers you are not.

And second, and much worse, almost every recipe ends with the words "serve at once" which to me are the recipes I do NOT want choose to entertain. It seems that the people that wrote this cookbook quickly forgot that they were compiling recipes for entertaining. They just want to put stuff that tastes good and will impress your friends with no regard to the logistics of the preparation. Occasionally, they will get back on theme and include a sensible recipe but for the most part these recipes require a lot of time in the kitchen during the party. I can't imagine picking one of their "menus!" You would be MIA in the kitchen for the whole party!

As for their "Work Plan[s]" that other reviewers herald, they completely support my argument that you will be busy in the kitchen during the event. Here's a quote from one of their work plans on what to do "Just Before Serving." "Grill the corn, potatoes, chicken and ribs, put together the slaw, Assemble the corn and potato salads." Are you kidding?!!?!? And that's nothing compared to this one... Just before serving, you are supposed to "warm the stuffed dates, reheat and finish the soup, make the galette and vegetables, sear the duck and make the sauce, assemble the salad and cheese course, and bake the cakes." It really says that! If I was doing all of that during a dinner party I wouldn't have any friends left afterwards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angie2 on August 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I own many of the Williams-Sonoma (themed & seasonal) cookbooks, including two other books by this author on "Entertaining", and I think this is one of my favorites of the three entertaining Chuck Williams books because the ideas in this book hold up very well even years later, as they are timeless.

In fact, if given a choice, I would choose this 2004 Entertaining book by Chuck Williams over the more recent one called EASY ENTERTAINING.
The reason I say this is because, as stated above, the ideas in this 2004 book are timeless and will not go out of style in the near future. Also, the photos are absolutely inspiring, as are the ideas on table-settings, flower arranging, and theme planning.

A novice cook may find some of the recipes in this 2004 Entertaining book a bit overwhelming, but I would suggest that for the novice, they choose some of the more elaborate recipes from this 2004 Williams Sonoma Entertaining cookbook, and then possibly substitute them with other less elaborate recipes of their choice (eg: there are 100's of easy Williams Sonoma cookbooks available for the novice cook, as I own many that I find extremely valuable).

I would still keep the actual ideas intact from this 2004 coobook, though, (eg: the flower arranging, & color combos) since those ideas could be incorporated, even in a novice's entertaining repertoire.

For the more experienced cook, the recipes will inspire,though.

I also liked the courses that Chuck Williams chose for some of the themes in this cookbook. Yes, some are intricate for sure, but if a person wants to show off their cooking talents, then the recipes in this 2004 book will inspire & satisfy.
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