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At Home With Friends: Spontaneous Celebrations for Any Occasion Paperback – April 1, 2002
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About the Author
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).
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book with tons of ideas for entertaining, wonderful tips, simple recipes that you can prepare ahead, and beautiful photos! Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Music Maverick
I love all the recipes especially the the Florentine Sandwhich cookies, Cannoli with Orange Zest, Mediterranean Pizza,and Easy Apple Pie The party ideas were very creative and... Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by M. Volker
The writers of this book are uber creative, but this book is no indication of their talent. Have to give this one two thumbs down:(Published on April 18, 2008 by da mostess hostess