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Dinner for Eight [Hardcover]

Denise Landis

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25 Nov 2005
Denise Landis - who has tested a variety of cookbooks and more than a decade's worth of recipes at "The New York Times" - knows what makes a good dinner party and how to compose a menu that will impress guests while leaving the cook free to enjoy their own party. Featuring forty complete menus-appetiser, first course, main course, accompaniment and dessert, "Dinner for Eight" is organised by season, and guides any cook through a dinner party timeline of advance preparation and last-minute finishes. Each dish comes with a wine or beverage pairing. A sample of the menus: For Autumn: Hummus with Toasted Pita Triangles; Eggplant with Chopped Tomato; Vinaigrette and Spiced Chevrel; Bourbon-Marinated Roast Pork; Savory Mashed Potatoes; and Florida Apple Pie. For Winter: Parmesan Cheese Crisps; Salmon Tartare; Roasted Rabbit with Polenta; Wild Mushroom Saute; and Pears in Red Wine. For Spring: Walnut Spread; Moules Marinlere; Lamp Chops with Mint Butter; Salt-Crusted New Potatoes; and Cheesecake with Blueberry Compote. For Summer: Deviled Eggs with Avocado; Gazpacho; Seafood and Chicken and Sausage Paelia; Rouille; and Peppermint Ice Cream.

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"A must - have collection of recipes for any and all who ant to entertain with style and still enjoy their own dinner parties! Denise Landis knows what makes a good recipe work every time - her book is a great primer for new cooks and will expand the repertoire of any experienced home chefs too." - Nigella Lawson, author of NIGELLA BITES"

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Denise Landis is a longtime recipe tester for The New York Times. She lives in New Hampshire. This is her first book.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Fails to deliver 14 July 2007
By C. Swope - Published on Amazon.com
There is so much to like in this cookbook! The concept of entire seasonal menus put together for you, with notes on each recipe about what can be done ahead and when, plus wine suggestions is brilliant, right? Everything is laid out for you, and the recipes are fun and adventuresome. Unfortunately, however, too many of Landis' recipes end up being much more time-consuming than she would have you believe. I cooked three of the full menus for guests, and each time found myself really stressed out--exactly contrary to the main premise of the book! I would add that I am a very experienced home cook; I can't imagine how this would go for a novice. In addition, there are more than a few things that sound good but aren't: take the deviled eggs with guacamole, for instance. The avocado turns grayish-green in this combination. You can imagine how unappetizing this looks. In sum, this is a book that I really wanted to like and which contains some individual "keeper" recipes. It is quite flawed, however, and ultimately disappoints.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delectably Inspiring 29 Mar 2007
By Bella Media Services LLC - Published on Amazon.com
Dinner parties are usually a lot of fun - for the guests. For the cook, however, entertaining can be a non-stop cook-a-thon with little time to socialize. New York Times recipe taster Denise Landis understand this. After all, she once ran into someone and didn't remember that the woman had been a guest in her home.

That's why Landis put together 40 menus, divided by seasons, for dinner parties of eight people. Filled with easy favorites like deviled eggs (made with guacamole) and baked apples (seasoned with Amaretto), "Dinner for Eight" will also tempt the more intrepid cook with dishes like Scotian Lobster Chowder and Lemon Ginger Crepes. Delectably inspiring. I only wish there were more photos.
5.0 out of 5 stars great find 29 Dec 2013
By Mary B Henry - Published on Amazon.com
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Used several recipies for my sisters 25th anniversary party. There were no leftovers, and great reviews were received. Would highly recommend.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook 7 July 2007
By Judimom - Published on Amazon.com
There are no pictures in this book but the tips and the make ahead directions make it worth it. Then there's the wine suggestions...
0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very speedy delivery and perfect condition! 15 Jan 2007
By C Harbison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The delivery was very fast and the product was like new and in perfect condition.
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