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Party Like a Culinista: Fresh Recipes, Bold Flavors, and Good Friends Paperback – October 16, 2011
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Party Like A Culinista has an amazing format. Not only are there menu suggestions, each recipe is designated as "easy", "make ahead", "vegan" or "vegan flex", as well as offering the cooking order. The book even suggests when to change into your party clothes! How fun is that? The photos of the prepared recipes in the book are beautiful and make my mouth water because they look so delicious. The chapters in this book offer suggestions for all different kinds of parties from the casual daytime party to a last minute party, an anytime party or even a big "blow out" more formal party.
I have tried quite a few of the recipes in this book and found them all delicious, unique with a nod towards healthy preparation and ingredients. Though everything has been absolutely excellent some of my favorites are: the Chicken and Apricot Falafel, the Seafood Cobb, the Warm Squash Salad with Faro, Hazelnuts, and Currants, the Arugula and Mozzarella Salad with Eggplant Caponate and the Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas. The Chorizo Red Pepper Polenta Squares are fabulous and a snap to make.
As for ease of use, I think the pictures are really helpful, the directions are very clear with tons of information so that even an inexperienced cook can prepare an impressive, flavorful and healthy meal that will be an enormous hit with his or her guests. The authors offer suggestions for the substitution of hard to find or out of season ingredients.Read more ›
The suggested menus cover a range of party occasions, from impromptu and daytime to anytime and just a party of two. The creative recipes feature great color and flavor appeal to not only look good on the serving tray but taste delicious on the tongue. And these gals are great at tweaking standard favorites to create something new and sublime, such as the Five Spice Whipped Cream used on apricot Shortcake or designing a salad using squash, farro, currants and hazlenuts or serving a rosemary and olive oil popcorn with cocktails.
Each recipe comes with a "notes" section offering important preparation or serving tips and there is a good selection of color photos showing off the finished dishes. "Party Like a Culinista" will actually have you looking forward to creating fresh menu offerings rather than relying on prepared re-heats.
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This book offers Great ideas for serving something different and on the healthy side. Love the recipes and the ideas. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Kathryn thompson
A great gift for my 20 something Great neice. I look forward to her parties and the goodies she will come up withPublished on December 13, 2012 by J. Smitj
Great easy recipes that lean towards classy/healthy. Geared towards party settings- but good for any dinner. Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by Jannimal
With work and family obligations, it's hard to find time to get together with our friends. Yet, friendships need nurturing and attention in order to thrive and grow. Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Beth Knits
Jill Donenfeld founded weekly private chef service, The Culinistas® (previously the Dish's Dish), in 2006 as a way to encourage families to gather together around the dinner table... Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Arthur Jackson
This cook book really is a must-have for anyone who's young, loves food and likes to have people over and cook for them. Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by Matthew J. Wilstein
I throw more than my share of parties, and I'm always on the look out for ways to take them up a notch. This book inspires with new ideas and easy to follow recipes.Published on November 4, 2011 by Tom Katis