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Martha Stuart's Better Than You at Entertaining: (A Parody) Paperback – Bargain Price, April 18, 1996

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As you can see from the cover art of this book, it is possible that the indomitable mommymatrix Martha Stewart is so perfect that she walks on water. And it is possible that this is one of the most perfect parodies of any pop culture icon ever. The Dear Faux Martha gives advice on such issues as how to deal with the death of a dinner guest ("Dying is one of the rudest things a guest can do during a dinner party..." she begins), hints for hosting a luncheon for the Pope ("receiving the Pontiff in your home is really no different than entertaining royalty or anyone else in high office..."), and choosing appropriate foods for a circumcision day party (cocktail wieners each impaled with 2 Swedish meatballs, tender Calamari tips in red sauce). Lavishly illustrated, sometimes tasteless, and hilarious throughout.

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An enormous success, a funny and sometimes cruel parody of Our Lady of Perpetual Perfection -- Morley Safer, 60 Minutes

Hilarious. -- Publisher's Weekly
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 1 edition (April 18, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060951710
  • ASIN: B000F6Z5M2
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 15, 2000
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Martha Stuart's Better Than You at Entertaining is a fabulous gift for virtualy anyone in your life. It holds hours of enjoyment & makes for a wonderful surprise for your house guests if you leave a copy of it on your coffee table next to a few real Marths Magazines. The woman from comedy central who is in the book is great & does a really dead ringer impersonation of Martha. I have tried to find this book in the past at other book stores but have been unable to find it. But it sure is a steal at the current list price!
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Have you ever been annoyed by the unshakeable, in-your-face PERFECTION of Martha Stewart, queen of the perfect households? After listing the names by which she is often called ("Martha de Sade") she gets down to business: how to be like her in every respect.
The "Papal Visit" I wasn't crazy 'bout, but that definitely had some hilarious moments, including a sidebar that describes her pilfering other people's figurines and knicknacks. "Garden Party" includes the mind-numbing recipes for "Hand Picked Field Salad" which will make you cry; and the flambe-related Smoked Woodchuck.
In the matter of taste and refinement, nothing can beat the "circumcision day" chapter, with recipes that will make you shriek. And for Valentine's Day, Martha shows us how to souse and seduce... or just souse. Then she flits back to her childhood for "Mother's Day," going over various "regular" meals by her mama. The next chapter describes how to have a beach cookout, with one of the worst fish visuals I've ever seen!
"Christmas/Holiday Decorating" describes how you can horrify your friends and neighbors with perfect holiday decorating; the piece de resistance, however, is the chapter on Death and what to do if one of your guests dies ("Quickly, while you still can, shape and level the deceased's hand to hold a serving tray and begin setting out hors d'oeuvres..."
This book is written in a bitingly satirical style, and is graced by various straight-faced photos of "Martha" taking the necessary actions, such as preparing a tasteful lined coffin or cheerfully roping a date. And the cover is just a delight! As is this book!
(If you are a die-hard fan of Martha, however, do not read this book. Ever. You will explode)
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I had this magazine mixed in with REAL issues of Martha Stuart magazines and someone swiped it. It's slightly dated, but still funny. The image of the octopus ice cream still makes me laugh. Hilarious spoof on over-doing the hostess role.
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A hilarious parody on the infamous Martha Stewart. Martha is giving advice and ideas for the holidays and family get-togethers. She is doing everything from circumcising to poaching lobsters. You will see her like you have never seen her before. Truly imaginative, and a great laugh. I would recommend this to anyone with a sense of humor.
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By M.B. on March 7, 2002
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Dude, she entertains the pope! The wedding night feast is hilarious, and the photos of the food will make you laugh out loud in a crowded public place! Martha fans, wake up, for this parody is more Martha than the real thing. Great find!
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This parody is an absolute laugh riot. Wait until you see what Martha does when the Pope drops in. And now we know what to do if a guest dies at our dinner table. You could say the tips found in this book are "to die for"! It's one big laugh from first page to last. For anyone you likes to entertain, this book is a must. And it's a great coffee table book. Can't wait to have our next Christmas decoration party!
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It did come laminated and there was a library card holder in the book and a stamp that it had been discarded, BUT, this is one of the funniest books, especially if you don't care too much For Martha!
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It's a clever take on Entertaing and the Martha mystic, but the humor is a little far fetched in some places. It would have been better if the recipies were real and not made up.
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