- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Gotham; Original edition (October 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592405053
- ISBN-13: 978-1592405053
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,753,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forking Fantastic!: Put the Party Back in Dinner Party Paperback – October 6, 2009
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Dinner hosts sick of Martha Stewarts and Barefoot Contessas will have a field day with O'Neill and Reynolds's irreverent, compulsively readable entertaining guide. Veteran hostesses of an underground New York supper club, the two chefs share dinner party secrets emphasizing good times with a minimum of stress, and an informal, refreshingly profane tone that belies the genre's staid, prescriptive standard. In short, hosts are encouraged to make the party theirs, which means cooking what's comfortable, rather than catering to the diets of guests; not getting wound up over wine; and even playing the soundtrack you like, rather than worry about ambiance. Practical, empowering tips include hiring a dishwasher (cheaper than you think, especially if guests chip in) and skipping the intensive house-cleaning. Four seasonal menus, complete with timelines and wine tips, give hosts of all experience levels a number of entry points and techniques, including a Baby Step Dinner Party and a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Cassoulet, in which cooks are discouraged from scouring the earth for a particular sausage or bean. The affable, freewheeling spirit can backfire, however, as the authors frequently pause mid-recipe to offer an aside, anecdote or even a different recipe altogether. This volume will fit in nicely next to Amy Sedaris's I Like You, but even the Contessa would be impressed with these cookbook newcomers.
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The women behind a Queens supper club offer a frank and fearless guide to throwing a panic-free dinner party, whether it's the Baby-Step Menu, the Fall Means Ham menu or the Amazing Cassoulet menu.
--New York Times Book Review
A hilarious compilation of plate-licking recipes, foolproof menus, and playful anecdotes that will help even the most inexperienced cook entertain a group. --Saveur
Top customer reviews
They make the concept of dinner parties fun and about the people you invite to your table and the food that you serve not whether you have matching dishes and chairs. The conversation and food is more important than place cards and table decorations. The subtitle says it all: Put the Party Back in Dinner Party!
The book is loaded with "attitude", again if you're 23, this may appeal to you, but the rest of us are way past that. How cute, more curse words. Even cuter, trashing certain approaches and techniques for dinner parties specifically and cooking in general. Talk about how reading a certain column will make you "throw up". You have to be of a certain age to think it's funny to reference vomiting in a cookbook. There's also a tremendous amount of drinking references (and encouragement) in this book. Immaturity rules here-- ha ha, look at the guy with the colander on his head.
So why possibly 5 stars? Because if your dream is to have very casual dinner parties, this tells you how to do it. Getting people to chip in for food and to pay a dishwasher, have your guests bring their own plate and cutlery, plenty of excellent advice for this kind of gathering. It's just that you have to like this kind of gathering. But let me tell you this: it is a sign of respect for those you care about to make things nice. Just because your plates and napkins and silverware match, doesn't mean you can't have a good time. I think many of us have left that behind when we were 8 years old. . .remember how you WANTED to leave the kiddie table and join the grown-ups? But for those of you who don't, this is definitely your guide book.
But a guide book, not a cookbook. There is woeful lack of clear directions for some technique, and very few illustrations to demonstrate what exactly they mean. Also, note that very few of the reviews of this book talk about any specific recipe they've tried (a couple do). It's mostly about how fun it was to read.