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Forking Fantastic!: Put the Party Back in Dinner Party

Zora O'Neill & Tamara Reynolds.
Publisher Gotham Books  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.15 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9781592405053
Pages/Publication Date 244/2009
Daedalus Item Code 20541
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Twice a month, two veterans of the New York City food world prepare a big meal in a tiny kitchen, serving 20 or more diverse people at their underground supper club. Never worrying about perfect place settings or fussy details, Zora O'Neill and Tamara Reynolds instead focus on the practical joys of down-to-earth entertaining at home with a healthy dose of irreverent attitude. Here they present foolproof, party-tested, delicious menus that are easy to master, each with a "Plan of Attack" for preparing multiple recipes without panic, plus practical tips and hard-won advice from the trenches ("make guests set the table to keep them out of your hair") and an inside look at their own cooking disasters.

"This eccentrically enjoyable book by two strange and wonderful women may well be the cookbook America needs.... Fun, deliberately unintimidating and filled with interesting—even ingenious—recipes, it inspires the non-professional to raise their game—and have a good time while doing so. Both book and authors are clearly good for the world."—Anthony Bourdain

"Dinner hosts sick of Martha Stewarts and Barefoot Contessas will have a field day with O'Neill and Reynolds's irreverent, compulsively readable entertaining guide. Veteran hostesses of an underground New York supper club, the two chefs share dinner party secrets emphasizing good times with a minimum of stress, and an informal, refreshingly profane tone that belies the genre's staid, prescriptive standard. In short, hosts are encouraged to make the party theirs, which means cooking what's comfortable, rather than catering to the diets of guests; not getting wound up over wine; and even playing the soundtrack you like, rather than worry about ambiance. Practical, empowering tips include hiring a dishwasher (cheaper than you think, especially if guests chip in) and skipping the intensive house cleaning. Four seasonal menus, complete with timelines and wine tips, give hosts of all experience levels a number of entry points and techniques, including a Baby Step Dinner Party and a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Cassoulet, in which cooks are discouraged from scouring the earth for a particular sausage or bean.... The authors frequently pause mid-recipe to offer an aside, anecdote or even a different recipe altogether. This volume will fit in nicely next to Amy Sedaris's I Like You, but even the Contessa would be impressed with these cookbook newcomers."—Publishers Weekly

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