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Great Parties: The Best of Martha Stewart Living Paperback – November 11, 1997
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This book is an okay starting-ideas book. When you own a gorgeous multiple acre farm where everything in the way of work is done for you or you have umpteen behind the scenes folks to make events happen plus money is no object everything works well. Martha needs to tend to every day reality. She can still offer wonderful ideas and even expensive to produce recipes but in this day of economic constraints she needs to be a little more realistic when it comes to extravagance. I'm all for wild fun and theme centered entertaining but not continuous off the wall and unrealistic efforts.
Martha has lost sight of where true entertaining resides. She puts together beautiful books but they are more enjoyed & comfortable resting on a coffee table rather than smudged from being used in the kitchen.
I think Martha is great, but no one should follow any entertaining "to the letter". These books are for just for ideas and Martha's ideas are some of the best, hence her empire.
Regarding the woman with the "waterfront property" whose party was a "fiasco", no one with a third home in Switzerland knows how to throw a party. Hence, the story is a total fraud by someone who harbors some sort of grudge. Did the shiitake gravy turn out badly for you in front of the husband's boss? She didn't realize that anyone with that much wealth would hire a professional party planner who would do all the work for them. I should know, I have a good friend is actually is a professional party planner. Whomever the "reader" with a grudge is, she's made a common nouveau riche (or no riche at all) mistake of misundersanding the role played by those in the upper classes. Marha isn't upper class (contrary to popular opinion). She's upper-middle class, the highest class who still cook at home for themselves during the holidays and for parties. Upper and lower don't mean "better" and "worse" - as class measures they're just indicators of lifestyle. Upper Middles have the most fun :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered this book thinking it would be informative for good party ideas for all
seasons. I was disappointed in the book's ideas and info. Read more
el libro esta muy bueno para quien quiere realizar fiestas con diferentes motivos de cocinas regionales de diferentes paisesPublished on January 30, 2008 by michele