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Park Avenue Potluck: Recipes from New York's Savviest Hostesses Hardcover – October 23, 2007
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I purchased this (rather expensive) book expecting to find it filled with exclusive recipes for fancy dishes served by the Park Avenue elite, but instead I found it to contain very approachable, common recipes, many of which I was already familiar with. That is not to say that the recipes aren't good: they are. The lemon & dijon chicken, the Paris iced tea, "Mexican" chocolate cake with a boiled chocolate icing and the "Aunt Janet's" beef recipe all turned out beautifully.
Bottom line: this book is filled with recipes by and for home cooks, whether your home's address happens to be on Park avenue or not.
For that matter, when was the last time you saw "Park Avenue" and "potluck" in the same sentence?
Yes, the days of black tie dinners that begin with Rigaud candles in the hall and champagne in the living room are over. "Ladies who lunch" have pretty much died off. Fashion shows have lost their urgency. And thank you notes are starting to look a lot like e-mails.
Oh, one thing hasn't changed: the ultimate audience. "I design every menu according to what the men will eat," a hostess says. She's a smart one. The C-level husband labors all day to keep his family in a zillion dollar co-op and a country "cottage" --- if "New York's savviest hostesses" are going to make their men go to dinner parties, better believe they'll focus on their care and feeding.
So what we have here is a book of recipes that a Manhattan hostess could actually cook --- has, in fact, actually cooked. Like a local club cookbook. If you happen to live in a neighborhood where everyone's rich, accomplished and fit.
So (and this may be meaningful) only the drinks are exotic. Like "Pond Water" --- sugar, vodka, limoncello, lime juice and thyme. Not something you drink every day.
The soups here are simple and toothsome and, mostly, appallingly healthful. There are no fewer than 15 casseroles, including a mac-and-cheese punched up with dry mustard. Chicken with Potato Chips: there's a blue-collar concept. Nice recipe for cider-marinated pork loin from a Rockefeller. A pot roast recipe I don't know, but very much want to try. Applesauce with dark rum. And far too rich desserts.Read more ›
Ladies you will enjoy these classic recipes. Gents, what a wonderful present. Its a great looking book and you'll get to enjoy many wonderful meals when your wife trys these recipes.
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In addition to the wonderfully easy recipes, the cookbook is well photographed and illustrated. It would make a very good addition to your own collection of cookbooks as well as a well received gift.
I give this one 5 stars!
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Beautiful photographs and lots of great recipes for cooking at home.Published 4 months ago by Linda D Willis
One of my favorites ,ordered quite a few for Christmas gifts for all that read this book at my house.Published 6 months ago by JB's house
Good recipes, not as pretty a book a the successor, Celebrations, but one worth the price for tried and true recipes.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The star rating is for a recipe only, as I don't have this book, but the Washington Post published the "Chicken Salad for the Ladies" recipe. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Adrienne M. Wright
I am not a big cook, but found the recipes here to be interesting, reasonably simple and, most importantly, delicious. The book is beautifully done and full of lovely photos. Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by The Reluctant Chef
excellent source for upgraded versions of the tried and true's. Such a nice book that my sister has already "borrowed" it. Very enjoyablePublished on August 3, 2009 by Judith A. Bauer
WHO NEW THAT THIS BOOK WOULD BE SO APPROACHABLE. I HESITATED TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK BECAUSE
I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FULL OF UNKNOWN VEGETABLES, AND SPICES, THAT MY LOCAL GROCERY... Read more
I bought the book mostly to look at once in awhile when I needed a break from feeding everyone mac 'n cheese and frozen pizza (hey - I'm a working mom, cut me some slack). Read morePublished on February 4, 2009 by Bekka