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Buffet Book: Inspired Ideas for New Style Entertaining Hardcover – 29 May 1997


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  • Hardcover: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Press Inc (29 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670865168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670865161
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 2.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,590,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Offers recipes for brunches, barbecues, late-night suppers, holiday dinners, ethnic feasts, and other festive occasions, and features ideas for buffet table designs.

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Although a novice at food preparation, I enjoy cooking for others, preferably in large quanities. At this writing, I have prepared and served two of the buffet menus in this book. Both were a joy to prepare. The clear/concise instructions allow for advance preparation of the menus, with time to actually enjoy the crowd that is being served. Each menu item compliments the next and other similar fare may be matched from different menu plans. I found the book to be a great addition to my collection. This book includes great ideas for food presentation and set-up, from inexpensive to lavish. I would recommend this book for the beginner to intermediate chef. After two successful buffets, I am already planning my third.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A buffet guide that makes the beginner appear an expert 1 Jan. 1999
By dsaot@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Although a novice at food preparation, I enjoy cooking for others, preferably in large quanities. At this writing, I have prepared and served two of the buffet menus in this book. Both were a joy to prepare. The clear/concise instructions allow for advance preparation of the menus, with time to actually enjoy the crowd that is being served. Each menu item compliments the next and other similar fare may be matched from different menu plans. I found the book to be a great addition to my collection. This book includes great ideas for food presentation and set-up, from inexpensive to lavish. I would recommend this book for the beginner to intermediate chef. After two successful buffets, I am already planning my third.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Better without the Photos... 28 April 2001
By Chef MIMI - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I heard about this book when Carole guest-chef'd on the Martha Stewart TV show. I liked her style and recognized her passion for food, its presentation, and the whole dining experience. So I ordered her book. It's full of great recipes, although I had hoped for a few more make-ahead recipes. As a caterer who works without help, and as someone who wants to enjoy my own parties when I entertain, I'm always looking for well-prepared make-ahead recipes. But overall it's a wonderful cookbook, arranged seasonally and by the occasion, which I love. However, the photographs are horrible. I've never seen a cookbook of this quality with such horrible photographs. Where was the food stylist? Where was the lighting? Many of the photos are overexposed, and most are too busy. I think most of us who love food and cooking also love looking at photos - but we need to be able to tell what the heck it is! I hope Carole makes enough money on this cookbook that she can hire a real food photographer for her next book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent collection of menus and recipes. 22 Mar. 2006
By B. Marold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
`the buffet book' by Connecticut chef / restauranteur and caterer, Carole Peck and book editor, Carolyn Hart Bryant is a niche cookbook for a niche for which there are not a lot of good volumes. It's significant that the headline blurb on the front cover is by Ms. Entertaining herself, Martha Stewart which oddly praises the authors of the book without giving overt praise to a book which competes with so many of Stewart's own books, especially her flagship first book.

It is tempting to want to look for problems in this book, as it has the appearance of a much show and little substance book with big pictures and not very inspired recipes. Fortunately for those who have a real need for this material, the book is a really worthy treatment of the subject announced in the title.

One of the most appealing things I found about the book is that all the recipes given for a buffet menu are set up to serve the same or almost the same number of people for which the menu is designed. This is a simple consideration I find missed in similar books on entertaining for a large number of people. The next most appealing thing I found is that even without bragging about this aspect, most of the recipes are quite healthy in their use of fresh, basic ingredients instead of supermarket preparations and they use generally very healthy preparation techniques. In this regard, the book may even go further than many people are willing, in that, for example, the book suggests homemade condiments such as mayonnaise and catsup, in spite of the fact that Hellman's and Heinz both provide excellent products for these two condiments.

The irony is that this makes the book just a bit retro in spite of the subtitle, `inspired ideas for new-style entertaining...'. It is important to realize that while this book is an excellent collection of recipes and fine presentation in the form of informal entertaining menus, many of the recipes are pretty traditional, being `old wine in new bottles' such as a buffet version of the famous Caprese salad of mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. The authors are just a bit coy in that they don't let out that this is a very old recipe.

All recipes are collected within twelve (12) menus, divided up into two seasonal chapters, Spring / Summer and Autumn / Winter. The division is as much about occasions occurring in this season as it is about seasonality of ingredients. A winter menu, for example, features artichokes and tomatoes. While my local produce supermarket carries both products the year around, the quality of both is lower than in season produce and the price is higher than in season produce.

This is clearly not oriented toward informed foodies. The introduction to the `A Mediterranean Buffet' menu was just a bit naïve in assuming it had to explain to us where the Mediterranean was, and the nature of Mediterranean cuisines. It is also no big surprise that a lion's share of the recipes in the book are based on the Mediterranean cuisine, or on the wider cuisines of France and Spain.

My biggest complaint about the book is that it is almost entirely dedicated to the menus and the recipes therein. There is some, but not much material dedicated to managing buffet organization. For that, see Ms. Martha's classic. Otherwise, this is a truly excellent collection of recipes and menus for audiences who are prepared to appreciate superior ingredients and preparation.
I like how it presents the recipes by categories and occasional ... 26 Dec. 2014
By Igor Munoz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I like how it presents the recipes by categories and occasional events. It allows the buyer to consider preparing menus for occasions. The book also has a good decent number of interesting recipes.
Great book 18 Dec. 2013
By Katie Chase - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I needed some ideas about a buffet dinner and this book is filled with great ideas and lots of colored pictures so you can see what everything looks like
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