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Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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CHEF PIERRE SCHAEDELIN is the owner of an events and catering company based in New York, PS Tailored Events. A native of Alsace, France, Pierre began cooking at the age of sixteen. Since then he has worked as an executive chef in many notable restaurants around the world and with many esteemed chefs, including Marc Haeberlin and Alain Ducasse. He was also executive chef at Le Cirque from 1999 until 2006, when he left the restaurant to cook for Martha Stewart and to collaborate with her on the recipes and menus for this book.
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In her latest, and definitely one of her better publishing efforts, the Queen of Domesticity and all that resembles party perfection, has given us an updated version of her 1982 breakout book, "Entertaining".
In typical pristine fashion, Martha and her writing and publishing team, have obviously worked quite hard on creating this most beautiful collection of parties that range from casual to formal, and gatherings from small to large proportions, in the typical detailed atmosphere that people would expect from her.
This solid, heavy (6 pounds---yes, I weighed it!), large (10" x 11.5") lavish book on entertaining for all occasions has all the markings of both a finely produced coffee table-style book, which includes all the surroundings and trappings of party details, along with recipes and photography that she has been known for in all her years of being Martha. The photography is fabulous and crystal clear, the text straightforward, and the recipe instructions easy.
That being said, while this is a visually beautiful book to look at, and all the recipes from each gathering are given, this is not a detailed cooking or craft book, in that you're not given step-by-step instruction. The photography for the food, decorations, and how the events are staged is presented close up; you can almost taste the foods! But for more precise how-to's on these matters, she has other books (over 75 assorted subjects) to turn to for detailed instruction.
The book is a compilation of over 4 years of parties that she has given in her various homes and other venues, which were photographed in progress with the eager blessings of those invited. Events varied from small sit-down dinners and showers to large-scale affairs.Read more ›
The new book is gorgeous to look at but it's a page thru book not at all with the recipes or techniques within the pages of the first one. I hunted for a variety of recipes when hosting a dinner last week and ended up completely out of luck for anything useful or tempting in the back-of-the-book recipes Martha offered this time. Many are unusual but they aren't of the variety where the average hostess would take advantage of them. These are if you are entertaining a multitude of guests and need fancy, unreal items that would be purchased obviously somewhere on the east coast close to Martha but definitely not anything at my local grocery store. Some of the ideas are unique but the practical applications are as far fetched as thinking Martha does all her own slicing & dicing.
I'll go back to my original Entertaining and use the new one if I get bored. I'm grateful that I could purchase the new book on Amazon and not have to pay the exorbitant price suggested inside the front cover - $75. This new book is not worth $75 whereas the old one is well worth its original $35.
Some reviewers have complained that the book lacks substance, seeming to have wanted more recipes and less decor and ambiance. But rather than just a cook book, this is all about ambiance and mood. For myself, I could have done without some of the breakfast recipes (not much new here) and the numerous doughy delights. A little more on each venue would have been welcomed, as well as more innovative and grander recipes. But make no mistake, there are some great recipes and menus here - the appetizers, main courses, desserts and even cocktails. All in all, this book is a great addition to any coffee table and I am sure will be cherished by Martha fans for many years to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw this book in a bookstore just after it was published. I leafed through it & then saw the price ($75!). Read morePublished 2 months ago by mollycat
Really great book. Martha Stewart can be relied upon for the finest advice and great photos.Published 3 months ago by gordon brady
fun to look through...great photos and god coffee book.Published 9 months ago by nothingbetterthanbooks
The most comprehensive book on entertaining that I have seen. Lots of ideas that anyone can do to make their event special.Published 10 months ago by Timmi Warlick