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Entertaining at Home [Hardcover]

Rachel Allen
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Book Description

30 Sep 2010

Bestselling TV cook Rachel Allen shares her down-to-earth style and easy-to-follow recipes for entertaining friends and family in your own home.

Friends, family, good food, good times – this is what entertaining is all about. It can be as relaxed as flopping down on the sofa with a few friends to share nibbles and drinks or a great big curry, or as formal as getting out your best china and ironing your tablecloth for a three-course meal. How you choose to share your time and your cooking creations with your loved ones is entirely up to you. What each kind of gathering has in common, however, is a happy, welcoming atmosphere, and the main ingredient for that is you.

In this beautiful, fully illustrated cookbook, Rachel shows you how easy and stress-free entertaining can, and should be. With her doable, delicious recipes there's no need to worry! Rachel is there with the helpful suggestions and mouth-watering recipes for which she is loved. She gives great advice about preparation, cooking and even gives an idea or two for pretty table decorations.

Her wise words, clever hints and tips and, above all, irresistible recipes will inspire readers to cancel their dinner reservations and entertain at home – no matter what the occasion, even if there’s no occasion at all!

Chapters include:

• Daytime entertaining
• Casual meals
• Outdoor dining and barbeques
• Small bites and canapes
• Small celebrations
• Dinner parties
• Larger gatherings
• The buffet party

Recipes include:

Middle Eastern chilled cucumber soup
Fennel, orange & hazelnut salad
Winter leaf salad with pomegranate, apple & walnuts
Southeast Asian grilled fish
Honey Ginger Pork
Summer pea & mint ravioli
Roast duck breasts with white bean purée
Roast pork belly with a fennel & garlic rub
Beef & wild mushroom lasagne
White chocolate & ginger parfait with chocolate sauce
Mini coffee cupcakes
Amaretti with brandy & ice cream
Blueberry & custard tart
Tiramisu


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007309031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007309030
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and at the age of eighteen left to study at the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School. Today, she not only teaches at the school, she also writes regular features for national publications, presents highly acclaimed television programmes which have been broadcast internationally and in her spare time authors bestselling cookery books.

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‘Fancy a casual supper with your family or a big feast to mark a special occasion? TV cook Rachel Allen has a recipe to suit. She takes you from preparation to table with minimum fuss, plenty of tips and menu ideas for dinners, brunches and lunches, cocktails and desserts.’ – Waitrose Kitchen

Reviews for Previous Title

‘A natural TV chef: relaxed, articulate and knowledgeable’ – Sunday Times

‘With her finely-etched patrician features and delicious recipes, Rachel manages to do what the buxom Nigella Lawson never could. She makes us believe we can do what she does…’ – Irish Post

‘We’re big fans of Rachel Allen here at Delicious.’ – Delicious Magazine

‘Food for real people’ – Irish Examiner

‘The book I've taken to most this season is by the Irish Nigella (except prettier, blonde and a better cook), Rachel Allen. Her BAKE is simply and engagingly written: one irresistible thing after another’ – Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard

‘As wholesome and attractive as its charming author, (…) it is well thought out and accessibly written, with the emphasis on relaxed family meals. (…) Ideal for anyone who needs to cook on a regular basis but hasn’t much experience.’ – Sunday Telegraph on Homecooking

About the Author

Bestselling cookery writer Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and studied at the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School. Today, Rachel is an international TV chef and a frequent guest on BBC's Saturday Kitchen; she is also a journalist, mother and a teacher at Ballymaloe. Entertaining at Home is Rachel's fifth cookery book.


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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Beautiful Entertaining Cookbook 28 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've been hoping Rachel would do a book like this for a few years now. Last years book about home cooking was a great book for just that. This one is home cooked food, but geared up a bit for entertaining friends and family. Oh and it's lovely! Gorgeous recipes, pretty layout and really beautiful pictures of food and table settings.

Rachel has a real knack of being able to talk readers and cooks through recipes and processes so that they are calm and easy. This book is no different, her voice comes through strongly. The entertaining in this book can be casual and easy going, or you can put in a bit more effort and time and have something worthy of that event we all have at some time - the Special Occasion.

Chapters are Brunches and Lunches, Casual Meals, Eating Outdoors, Canapes and Small Bites, Small Celebrations, Dinner Parties, Larger Gatherings and The Buffet Party.

Here are some of the many recipes I can't wait to try. On the Savoury side: (marinated) Halloumi and Greek Salad with Roasted Pita Wedges, Pan Grilled Chicken Breasts with Basil Cream and Roast Cherry Tomatoes, Steak au Poivre, Coq au vin, Roasted Vegetable Coconut Curry, Fragrant Coconut Prawns, Baked Beetroot Risotto with Parmesan Crisps, Winter Herb and Sausage Pasta, Cassoulet and also a selection of great marinades for BBQs. Sweet wise: Orange Meringue Roulade, Pistachio and Cranberry Chocolates, Chocolate crème Brulees, Maple Pecan Toffee Tart, Blackberry Mousse, Peach Jelly Pannacotta Pots and last but by no means least the amazing sounding Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart.

This is a beautiful book full of fabulous recipes, some very classic and some with a little Rachel twist. It's quite simply a gorgeous entertaining book.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
What a book - typically Rachel - down-to-earth and passionate!

Between Rachel on the front cover and the 'Raspberry and Amaretto Tart' on the back, we find a splendid mix of recipes, where old favourites such as 'Steak au Poivre', 'Roast Pork with Apple Sauce' and 'Coq au Vin' mingle with the, perhaps, lesser well-known 'Thai Noodle Broth', 'Game Terrine with Celeraic Remoulade', and 'Spinach Soup with Rosemary Oil'.
Whether casually serving 2 or more formally entertaining 12, there is something for all occasions, with all levels of ability catered for and Rachel's gently authoritative but unassuming personality rings out, throughout.

From the back cover:-

'Sharing irresistible food and having fun with those you love is what Entertaining at Home: Inspiring recipes for all occasions is all about. It's as simple as that!
Whether you want a casual supper with your nearest and dearest or a big feast to mark a special occasion, Rachel gives you all the inspiring ideas and achievable, delicious recipes you'll need to make any meal a celebration.'

Measuring in around 25.25 cm x 19.75 cm x 3 cm, this is a chunky tome of 352 quality pages, split over main chapters:-

* Brunches and lunches (pg 14-61)
* Casual meals (pg 64-85)
* Eating outdoors (pg 88-119)
* Canapés and small bites (pg122-153)
* Small celebrations (2-4 people) (pg 156-201)
* Dinner parties (4-8 people) (pg 204-263)
* Larger gatherings (8-12 people) (pg 266-313)
* The buffet party (pg 316-343)

sandwiched between an introduction and an 8-page index, with Rachel in her yellow marigolds winding up the very last page - the acknowledgements!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 5 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
I'm a huge Rachel fan and have all her books, what a great addition to my collection! It's beautiful, I can't wait to cook from it, and as with all of her books I feel encouraged to try new things. Rachel always includes useful tips and tidbits, and this doesn't disappoint. I love the design and the fresh feel. If the previous poster wants to give me their copy as a gift, I'll happily take it and keep it too! One to save for good, one to get cooking gubbins all over it. And anyone thinking this is simply a dinner party planning book - think again, so many of these recipes you could and would happily make for a family dinner, so many for your friends , and then some great ideas for pushing the boat out for the right occasion. Overall, more great, delicious food from Rachel. Seriously happy with this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to look at....but dissapointing. 30 April 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was rather disappointed with this book.
I had ordered this and the Mary Berry & Lucy Young 'Cook up a feast' book for inspiration when I was planning a casual drinks/supper evening for a group of friends. They are very different books as the Mary Berry volume is really geared up for entertaining for a crowd with no-nonsense friendly guidance and a real 'can do' approach which makes you want to get started and try everything!
This book is a much more sophisticated take on simple 'entertaining' for a select small group of friends (though obviously recipes can easily be doubled for higher numbers). There are sections for brunches, casual meals, outdoor eating as well as dinner party ideas and suggestions for larger gatherings.
I will definitely use this book at some point, it's just that it didn't grab me! It's all lovely to look at, floating you beautifully through it's pages...but I know I won't reach for this as often as my VERY well worn Nigella, Lynne Bedford Hall, Mary Berry, Nigel Slater & Tamasin Day-Lewis beauties!!
I also have 'Rachels favourite food at home' so should have known what to expect- another lovely book (though almost too many scene setting photos of the chef!)- just, somehow, lacking a passion. It's gone onto the shelf for now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough recipe pictures!
this book is so annoying! lots of useless pictures and not many useful pictures of the recipes!
Some nice recipes but no pictures!
Published 3 months ago by Melanie
3.0 out of 5 stars great recipes, poor design
I enjoy Rachel Allen's recipes and they usually work. Some really interesting stuff here, but considering the original price of £25 it is poorly illustrated; why so many recipes... Read more
Published 9 months ago by David Laws
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes
Great variety of recipes for lots of kinds of events. Occasionally hard to locate specific recipes for certain courses as for example desserts are in each section as opposed to all... Read more
Published 11 months ago by BB
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good But Not the Best
The book gives clear, workable recipes but probably isn't Rachel's best. Worth buying if you're not familiar with Rachel's work.
Published 12 months ago by Mike McLean
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book
Bought this as gift for my partner. She absolutely loves it and the results she is getting from the recipes contained within are excellent. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul486
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I just bought this book as a present for someone who likes to entertain at home and I am sure they will love it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by KTC
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel Allen is a godsend!
I love this book - well worth buying, and I work in a library! However it is never on the shelf - so popular - that I thought I would buy my own, which is rare for me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Belle
5.0 out of 5 stars So full of good ness
A glorious book about home recipes written with love and humour.Racheal is a un pretentious chef with lovely ideas that enhance your table and intrigue your guests. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Adil
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining at Home
This is a versatile book that contains lots of easy to do recipes. I have tried a few recipes for my dinner parties and received rave reviews. Another beautiful book from Rachel.
Published 20 months ago by Ms.Toby
3.0 out of 5 stars Average cooking book with a few lovely recipes
There are a few lovely recipes in here , but most of the one's I have tried lack that special quality.
Published on 22 April 2012 by Sarah
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