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Julia's Delicious Little Dinners: Six perfect small dinner parties to share with family and friends. Hardcover – September 29, 1998
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Having a dinner party? Want to kick it old school? Julia Child's Julia's Delicious Little Dinners might just be the cookbook to help it all come together. Built around six dinners for six, this is not one of Julia Child's encyclopedic volumes on cooking. Instead, it's a lesson in menu planning--Julia lays out menus for different occasions, seasons, and tastes, carefully describing the entire process of planning a meal. Whether you're cooking roast beef for the boss or having rabbit and leek pie with friends, this book is ready to assist with whimsical suggestions on wine, presentation, and the pacing of courses. With an abundance of large pieces of meat and quaint little garnishes, the fare here leans toward the traditional. Julia's inclusion of dishes like Chicken Livers in Aspic seems refreshingly archaic in this era of "fusion cuisine." Nonetheless, the beautiful and very helpful technical photographs (depicting everything from butchering beef rib roasts to cleaning a leek) will dispel any doubt that this is a contemporary cookbook for the adept home cook. --David Kalil
From the Inside Flap
Straight from the Kitchen of Julia Child, here is a game plan for giving a perfect dinner party--in fact, six perfect little dinner parties
Whether it's a full-dress party or an old-fashioned chicken dinner, now anyone can entertain without tears or tension.
The six superb menus in this book:
Dinner for the Boss (featuring a standing rib roast and ending with bourbon-soaked chocolate truffles)
Country Dinner (Mediterranean hors d'oeuvres, leek and rabbit pie, and ice cream-filled meringues)
Butterflied Pork for a Party (preceded by celery root remoulade and finishing with a gateau Mont-Saint-Michel)
Rack of Lamb for a Very Special Occasion (with artichoke scoops garnished with shellfish, and fresh strawberries and hazelnut cornucopias for a sweet ending)
Summer Dinner (individual chicken liver aspics, poached salmon steaks, and a savarin au rhum)
Old-Fashioned Chicken Dinner (with a chocolate bombe for dessert)
Each dinner is imaginative, often playful, and beautifully orchestrated. You'll learn everything you need to know about ingredients, cooking techniques, planning ahead, and improvising leftovers so that each menu becomes a lesson in the art of preparing a small, elegant dinner that anyone can be proud of.
With 119 full-color photographs
This book and its companion--Julia's Menus for Special Occasions feature the finest recipes from Julia Child & Company and Julia Child & More Company
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Top customer reviews
I'd highly recommend this book, as the other recipes look equally delicious and worth the effort. Using this cookbook makes me feel like I've been in the kitchen for years (and I haven't). You probably can't go wrong with anything in the cookbook!