- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Common Press (September 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155832321X
- ISBN-13: 978-1558323216
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Happy Holidays from the Diva of Do-Ahead: A Year of Feasts to Celebrate With Family And Friends Paperback – September 15, 2006
From Publishers Weekly
The self-proclaimed Diva of Do-Ahead says she is "the coach to help you get the dinner prepared ahead of time so you can enjoy your family and friends." Her point: what fun is a party when the harried host is stuck in the kitchen? The thorough and engaging Diva comes through, offering creative ideas for invitations, tips for deciding how much food to make and recommendations for equipment and tools. Her 12 party plans span the year, from New Year's Eve through Passover to Christmas. Do-ahead countdowns have specifics for planning ahead (from six months down to five minutes before an event). Classic recipes include Grilled Lemon Chicken Breast; innovative ones include Roasted Tomato and Pesto Cheesecake with Polenta Crust, and Creamy Corn Bisque with French Chives and Heart-Shaped Crostini. Highlights come from the Thanksgiving and Christmas classes she's taught for 15 years, including an impressive strategy for the perfect roast turkey. The book's clear language and devotion to detail make it appropriate for novices and accomplished cooks alike. (Oct.)
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About the Author
Diane Phillips has been teaching her easy, elegant, do-ahead approach to parties and holiday get-togethers at cooking schools around the country for more than 15 years. She is a spokesperson for Lipton Recipe Secrets and the author of several cookbooks, including Perfect Party Food, The Ultimate Rotisserie Cookbook, and The Soup Mix Gourmet. She is also the author of The Perfect Basket: How to Make a Fabulous Gift Basket for Any Occasion.
Top Customer Reviews
Now, mind you, I am noted for my cooking. I was just in a crunch for time this year, and decided to do it this way. Believe me when I say, this is the way it will be done every year from now on.
Since Thanksgiving, I have made many of the recipes in this book. I have not been disappointed with one single recipe. I have raved about this book so much to my friends, that I have since begun giving this cookbook as a gift.
If you are interested in enjoying your parties, too, then I suggest you get this book and try the tips and the recipes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Make-ahead recipes are the ones I prefer to prepare when I have dinner parties. So I know I will be very happy with this book!Published 22 months ago by maggie
Most recipes required way too many ingredients and not really do ahead. Just a little bit of preparation and finish the day of party which left most of the prep on same day as... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mary
This is my go to cookbook for holiday cooking. Her recipes use ingredients commonly found in the grocery store yet her dishes are fantastic. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by GypsySpirit
This was a HUGE help to me during the holidays. A good cook's must have, and it's good year round!Published on July 1, 2013 by Dan's sweetie
The book is well organized and easy to use. I used it for Thanksgiving and had a wonderful day with family and friends as a result.Published on December 11, 2012 by Donna J Bigg