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Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends: Fresh ways to entertain with style Hardcover – October 13, 2009

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Alison Attenborough is a chef, food stylist, and recipe developer. Based in New York, she works on a variety of projects for television, film, commercials, cookbooks and magazines. Her work has appeared in Food & Wine, Vogue, New York Magazine, and Domino.

Jamie Kimm is a New York-based chef and food stylist. Originally from England, he has worked in many of London's most prestigious restaurants, including Le Caprice, The Square and The Fat Duck. He has contributed to Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Living and Bon Appetit.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; First Edition (1st printing) edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084873288X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848732882
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Linda Lynn on February 10, 2010
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This cookbook is amazing. I've made numerous (and I mean numerous) recipes and they always live up to the expectations. The shepherd's pie is a favorite! I also enjoy the sample menus in the back of book featuring seasonal ingredients. The recipes are straightforward and usually don't contain hard to find items. I live in a very small town and sometimes it can be a problem. I enjoyed this book so much, I gave a copy to each of my children.
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I have had this cookbook for a while and I cannot say enough good things about it! Every recipe that I have tried has been delicious. If you are looking for typical, heavy, uninspired food, this is not the cookbook for you. If Greek-style tomato and feta tart or spaghettini with cauliflower pesto sound good to you, then you will love this cookbook. None of the ingredients were hard to find and the photography is beautiful!
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This is a great book if you love entertaining! Each section shows how you can eat seasonally and provides a lot of different ways to mix and match plates. Their suggestions on themes, ideas and how to entertain are very helpful!
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I LOVE this book.....I have made so many recipes from it:

I have a food blog called Stacey Snacks, and have showcased many of the recipes on my website.

The beet carpaccio, the watermelon salad w/ feta and olives, the cauliflower pesto, the white bean and slow roasted tomato salad....the list goes on and on.

Simple recipes using fresh ingredients of the season with beautiful photographs. Nothing fussy here, just great ideas and great food!
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I picked this up because I have loved every other WS cookbook I've gotten my hands on; I was sadly disappointed with this one. The recipes were decidedly "fancy" foods, likely only to appeal to adults and those of certain tastes besides. These are not recipes I could use for general get-togethers with friends or family. The few that had more broad appeal were variations on common standards that most of us already have recipes for (fish en papiote, glazed duck). If you're throwing a high-end dinner party or need unique cocktail ideas, give this a shot. Otherwise, skip it for the more promising books in this series.
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