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At Home With Friends: Spontaneous Celebrations for Any Occasion Paperback – April 1, 2002

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Michele Adams is a partner of MiGi, a lifestyle creative consulting company for multimedia projects, product design, and special events. A former editor at Martha Stewart Living and currently based in Los Angeles, her work has appeared in numerous magazine

Gia Russo is a partner of MiGi, a lifestyle creative consulting company for multimedia projects, product design, and special events. A former editor at Martha Stewart Living and currently based in Los Angeles, her work has appeared in numerous magazines, a

Victoria Pearson is a Los Angeles based photographer. Her photographs have appeared in several books including Sangria (0-8118-4290-8), Party Appetizers (0-8118-4292-4), and The Cheese Course (0-8118-2541-8).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811833445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811833448
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,571,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. Shi on February 26, 2003
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Now let's be fair. I wouldn't call a book with full page photos every other page minimally pictured. Topping the quantity of the pictures is the quality--crisp, rich, highly inspiring. (If you like the magazine Real Simple, you will like this book.)
Some of the recipes look complicated but are in fact fairly easy to follow. I tried a few and the results came out pretty close to the pictures. Every menu comes in a Plan Ahead version and a Last Minute version. So if you are in a time crunch and still want to impress your friends, this book is for you.
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As other reviewers have essentailly said, this is less of a cookbook than it is an idea book. The recipies are generally not complicated, and the pictures nicely fit the overall theme of the cookbook, which I see as making hosting a party seem uncomplicated. By this I mean that with easy recipes, clear directions, and thematically appropriate pictures one can, without much trouble, put a party together. The cake mixes and other simplifications (that might make Mark Bitman shake his head) are quite reasonable accommodations when seen in light of this simplifying approach to a party.

Our favorite section is the Asian Dinner. The ginger-shrimp dumplings are outstanding as is, and after making them a few times we've make fun modifications (such as mushrooms instead of shrimp to be veggie-friendly). The assembly style soup is one of my favorite, easy group meals. Everyone gets what they want and it just 'feels' nice in a party setting. It is certainly not 'fancy', but makes for a good meal that can involve attendee participation in preparation!

One minor nitpick is that the book itself does not hold up well to repeated use. The cover has completely fallen off ours and the spine is cracked in several places. Granted we have had it a while, but a cookbook should last longer than this.

This book is both much more and much less than a traditional cookbook. It is worth seeing it for what it truly is (the thing it excels at): a quick, uncomplicated guide to throwing a party surrounding a meal. Having simple meals is welcome if you don't entertain often. Otherwise you will likely see this as too simple. But that is not a fault of the book by any means!
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I bought this books in hope of getting lots of great ideas! I love pictures for ideas and there were minimal pictures...the menus were so so and pretty complicated. Some great ideas thrown in the midst of all the "stuff". Good book for those who don't need visual inspiration and can create recipes with ease!
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ONLY buy this book if you're looking for party planning ideas. the recipes are overly simple: for example, a few pages are dedicated to teaching you how to lay out deli meats for a buffet. many recipes suggest using store-bought cake and muffin mixes...gross! the pictures are pretty, though.
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