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Do It for Less! Parties: Tricks of the Trade from Professional Caterers' Kitchens Paperback – April 1, 2005
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So far I have cooked the Arabian Nights menu with Marrakech Chicken and Lamb Tangine. Both were well received at a luncheon meeting for volunteers and by my husband. With Tabouuleh Salad, Minted Yogurt Sauce and Pita for side dishes, I didn't bother trying the Chocolate Baklava, but will do so another time. The recipes seem to be well-tested and accurate in portion sizes. Both the chicken and the lamb were rich and complex without using chiles.
Even if you don't give many parties, tips about saving time and money are invaluable for everyday cooking.
This one is a WINNER>
formerly food/travel editor of the late lamented Los Angeles Herald Examiner.
But if it had been named something that didn't indicate saving money, I probably would have given it 4 or 5 stars because I do like the recipes and it has good general tips like setting up buffets for good traffic flow, multiplying menus for big crowds, etc.
I just wish someone would write a good money-saving party cookbook.
from The Orange County Register
January 25, 2007
I am not a football fan. My idea of a super bowl is my mother's Val St. Lambert. But I do love a party, so if my centerpiece has to be the TV, hey, think of what I'm saving on flowers!
My Superbowl guest list is growing each day, and I'm getting nervous. Just how much food do I need for a crowd? And then there's the expense. Not to worry. With Denise Vivaldo's cookbook and catering guide "Do It For Less! Parties" I know I can throw a bash that won't stress me out and won't break the bank.
"People are not used to cooking in quantities," said Vivaldo, a classically trained chef and caterer, whose company, Food Fanatics, specializes in recipe development, consulting, and food styling for print, film and television. "It freaks them out to see how much food they've got. Is it enough? It is too much?" This book eliminates the guesswork with recipes given in chart form for 12, 25, 50 or 75 guests. "Remember, the more things you have on the menu, the smaller the portions you need to serve," Vivaldo advised.
But how much will this party cost, I wonder. "When people entertain, they spend a lot of money instead of keeping it simple," Vivaldo noted. "If you're having a lot of people, you don't have to offer a complete bar. Why not make one kind of drink, say Cosmopolitans, and add something non-alcoholic and some water and you've got it.Read more ›
Why is it that we often find what we need after the fact! No sooner had I given a surprise birthday party for husband Lee, did I run across to this MUST HAVE book/guide/bible for anyone who ever has or will ever give a party: Do It For Less! Parties by Denise Vivaldo (Terrace $19.95).
The insider tips and secrets 20-year veteran chef/caterer Vivaldo gives in the first half of the book would have saved me so much grief. She begins at the beginning with all the details you need to know before you start cooking - things like how to develop a party plan, preparing your party space - be it the backyard, a restaurant or the beach, estimating a budget (there's even a worksheet) and making lists. I loved the tip about placing the most expensive food or the food you have the least of at the end of the buffet line so your guests will have filled their plates and only have limited space! She also includes how to set the table, fold napkins as well as 20 easy appetizer ideas for last minute entertaining. A savvy host or hostess can lift any of Vivaldo's 18 party theme menus and become an instant success. For more information on this hot-off-the-presses book, check out [...]
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Amazing book! Full of useful hints, hacks and tips! As the new chef of a private club, I found it helpful in planning events. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert D. Tucker
Do It For Less! Parties; Tricks of the Trade From Professional Caterers’ Kitchens by Denise Vivaldo, Cindie Flanagan, Martha Hopkins, and Andy-Sheen Turner contains various ideas... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stella Carrier
Not enough pictures and too much measuring information, too detailed...Published 12 months ago by Galina L. Vaintrub
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