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Food for Friends: Simply Delicious Menus for Easy Entertaining Paperback – March 1, 2005

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"Food you will enjoy creating and everyone will enjoy eating" is Fran Warde's tenet and in this recipe book she teaches us just that. She removes the worry from dinner parties, the fretting of a bored, novice chef and suggests innovative ideas to make a meal with friends memorable. From picnics in the park to a cosy autumn dinner in front of a roaring fire, her recipes are simple to make, easily explained and deliciously tasty. Each suggested menu is accompanied by a work plan ensuring as much as possible is done in advance leaving the hostess more time to enjoy herself with her guests. Everyday entertaining in the form of impromptu suppers, Mediterranean lunches and weekend dining. Parties and celebratory meals such as New Years Eve dinner, Eastern feast and childrens tea parties. All eventualities and tastes are catered for, often with serving suggestions and table decoration hints to make the meal that extra special and personal. Drink accompaniments are included for those unsure of what to serve and the whole is gloriously illustrated with the photographs of Debi Treloar. So if you are looking for fresh ideas, look no further. Your friends will be knocking at your door forever after sampling these recipes - especially the chocolate risotto which is to die for...... - Lucy Watson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Debi Treloar is originally from Zimbabwe but now lives in London with her husband and two young sons. Her photographs of food and interiors are much sought after by prestigious magazines such as Homes & Gardens, Red, and Country Living. She has photographed many books for Ryland Peters & Small, Inc, including Eat Drink Live, Children's Spaces, and My Baby's Journal.

Fran Warde ran a catering business before setting up her own cooking school. Food editor of "Red" magazine for five years, she now contributes to publications such as "The Times Magazine" and "BBC Good Food". As well as her cookbooks for Ryland Peters & Small, she co-wrote "The French Kitchen" with novelist Joanne Harris.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841728284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841728285
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,563,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is just an outstanding production of great, creative menus served with flair and taste and style and all presented in glorious full-color photos throughout with great instructions and helpful advice.
It is organized around events, e.g. Weekend Dings --- Sage and Stilton Flatbread; Roast Rib of Beef with Yorkshire Puddings, Carrot and Spinach Butter Mash, and Vin Santo Trifle.
With each is A Work Plan, Wine Suggestions, and Serving Suggestions.
Outstanding work which is so well done and very creative food!
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I had to write a review for this book b/c I owe my cooking skills to Fran Warde. Before this book, I was afraid to entertain. I'd make lasagna again and again. Something safe and easy. And then I happened to come across Fran's book at Z Gallerie and it changed everything. This book showed me that cooking can be simple, fun, and entirely worth it. Fran's recipes are easy to prepare, fun to look at (tons of colorful pictures), and is good for a cook at any level. Pictures are so important for the novice chef b/c it helps with plating and setting the tone and the photographer took such excellent pictures of the dishes. The cookbook is also very well written and easy to follow. Also, the end products are very complex, but you'd be surprised how easy it was to get the ingredients (all available at your local supermarket). I am planning to get Fran's other book as well. Anyway, it was because of this book that I moved onto more advanced cookbooks. I think everyone should give this book a shot! Thanks, Fran!
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This is my favorite cookbook in my collection of hundreds. Every recipe turns out great and is tried and true. I can always count on a recipe in this cookbook for entertaining family and friends and living up to my reputation as a great cook! :) I bought a copy for a young girl for her wedding present as well.
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Fantastic and innovative enternaing guide that is great for planning parties of all sizes! Wonderful table settings pair with interesting but familiar pairings that make the dining experience feel exotic. The layout, pictures and design of this cookbook make it very user friendly!
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This book is excellent! Great photos of all recipes and party designs. Good, wide range of recipes, (the salmon is a must try!). Just a fun, easy to read book with great new ideas. If you're remotely considering this book, buy it, well worth the price.
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This has been my absolute favorite cookbook for years. The photos are gorgeous and the recipes are simple and delicious!
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Summer time fun will be great with this book that will allow me to come with something more than the norm!
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