Good Friends and Great Dinners Cookbook

Good Friends and Great Dinners Cookbook from Susan Costner includes 32 menus for parties of 6. If you love to entertain with parties or at the holidays this cookbook shares new takes on holiday classics, recipes for light fare, international flavors from Japanese to East Indian, and so much more. 

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Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 224 pages. 

Copyright: 1987. First edition 

Publisher: Crown Publishers, Inc. 

Author: Susan Costner 

ISBN: 9780517565056

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Description: There is nothing more agreeable than sharing a meal with close friends, especially in your home, where the pace is leisurely and the mood is intimate. In Good Friends, Great Dinners, Susan Costner shares the secrets she has culled over her years as a professional caterer and food writer for a host of meals that reflect both simplicity and elegance. With 32 menus (all for 6 people, the number Susan believes results in a dinner party of "gastronomic perfection") and more than 100 lush color photographs by Faith Echtermeyer, these menus and recipes provide ideal guidelines for on-the-go people who wish to entertain their friends and relations with personality and style. 

The menus range from casual (a "TV Dinner" featuring a warming ragout of veal to traditional (an old-fashioned Christmas Eve supper centered around a steaming oyster stew) to formal yet understated (roasted venison with potatoes au gratin, a unique variation on the meat-and-potatoes theme). Because we tend to entertain at holidays, Susan presents fresh approaches to the classic Easter ham, the New Year's Eve end-of-the-season doldrums, and the Fourth of July picnic. But even better, she has come up with some new days to celebrate, which until now have gone unnoticed: a summer solstice dinner celebrated with light tuna steaks prepared with a Japanese touch, a "No-Catch-of-the-Day" picnic for a less-than-serious fishing expedition, and a colorful East Indian feast to best appreciate a sparkling Indian summer day. 

The recipes reflect today's trend toward uncomplicated food and preparation. Susan emphasizes lighter fare so prized by health-conscious cooks: chicken, fish, grilled meats, and lots of vegetables. She also stresses the importance of paring down each recipe, eliminating needlessly elaborate steps while preserving the integrity of each dish. She believes, as we all do, that the cook should enjoy a party as much as the guests. 

Versatile and imaginative, intimate yet luxuriously informal, Good Friends, Great Dinners is a superb collection of menus and recipes almost as easy to prepare as they are to enjoy. For busy cooks who want to create marvelous meals with a minimum of work, Susan Costner's Good Friends, Great Dinners is indispensable. 

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Condition: Bookboards, interior pages and dust jacket are in very nice condition. Dust jacket's top edge has minor shelf wear. 

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