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Food for Friends: Simply Delicious Menus for Easy Entertaining [Paperback]

Fran Warde
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1 Mar 2005
Food for Friends makes cooking for any number of friends or family a relaxed, enjoyable affair. Fran Warde's fabulous recipes and straightforward approach make it easy, whatever your lifestyle. Divided into 28 themed events, the book covers every occasion, from a Children's Tea Party or Beach Banquet to an elegant New Year's Eve celebration or Party Buffet. The first half of the book is for Everyday Entertaining, while the second half offers stylish ideas for Parties and Celebrations. For each menu, Fran suggests appropriate wine or drinks, and offers a clear, simple work plan, telling you how far in advance you can make each dish, and in what order it is best to prepare them - making life even easier.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd (1 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841728276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841728278
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 780,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Food you will enjoy creating and everyone will enjoy eating" is Fran Warde's tenet and in this recipe book she teaches us just that. She removes the worry from dinner parties, the fretting of a bored, novice chef and suggests innovative ideas to make a meal with friends memorable. From picnics in the park to a cosy autumn dinner in front of a roaring fire, her recipes are simple to make, easily explained and deliciously tasty. Each suggested menu is accompanied by a work plan ensuring as much as possible is done in advance leaving the hostess more time to enjoy herself with her guests. Everyday entertaining in the form of impromptu suppers, Mediterranean lunches and weekend dining. Parties and celebratory meals such as New Years Eve dinner, Eastern feast and childrens tea parties. All eventualities and tastes are catered for, often with serving suggestions and table decoration hints to make the meal that extra special and personal. Drink accompaniments are included for those unsure of what to serve and the whole is gloriously illustrated with the photographs of Debi Treloar. So if you are looking for fresh ideas, look no further. Your friends will be knocking at your door forever after sampling these recipes - especially the chocolate risotto which is to die for...... - Lucy Watson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fran Warde trained as a professional chef and cooked all over the world. In Britain she ran a successful restaurant and catering business, before setting up her own cookery school. Fran was Food Editor of Red magazine for five years and now contributes to a number of publications including Olive, BBC Good Food, The Times Magazine and Waitrose Food Illustrated. She is the author of best-selling cookbook Eat Drink Live for Ryland Peters & Small, and The French Kitchen, which she co-wrote with novelist Joanne Harris.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, good food 15 Dec 2004
By carina
A friend gave me this cookbook recently and I have really enjoyed using it. It is simple to use and its format is quite novel. The menus she suggests are tasty and instructions are, I think, pretty accurate. Well worth trying!
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I have this book now for many years and I still use it a lot for entertaining. This book is useful all year round. I think this book should be in everyones cookingbook library! I so much like the book, I have given this book as a present to many of my friends. It is a shame it is out of production.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Quick Menu Source 11 Oct 2002
By rodboomboom - Published on Amazon.com
This is just an outstanding production of great, creative menus served with flair and taste and style and all presented in glorious full-color photos throughout with great instructions and helpful advice.
It is organized around events, e.g. Weekend Dings --- Sage and Stilton Flatbread; Roast Rib of Beef with Yorkshire Puddings, Carrot and Spinach Butter Mash, and Vin Santo Trifle.
With each is A Work Plan, Wine Suggestions, and Serving Suggestions.
Outstanding work which is so well done and very creative food!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book that started it all... 7 Sep 2006
By QT888 - Published on Amazon.com
I had to write a review for this book b/c I owe my cooking skills to Fran Warde. Before this book, I was afraid to entertain. I'd make lasagna again and again. Something safe and easy. And then I happened to come across Fran's book at Z Gallerie and it changed everything. This book showed me that cooking can be simple, fun, and entirely worth it. Fran's recipes are easy to prepare, fun to look at (tons of colorful pictures), and is good for a cook at any level. Pictures are so important for the novice chef b/c it helps with plating and setting the tone and the photographer took such excellent pictures of the dishes. The cookbook is also very well written and easy to follow. Also, the end products are very complex, but you'd be surprised how easy it was to get the ingredients (all available at your local supermarket). I am planning to get Fran's other book as well. Anyway, it was because of this book that I moved onto more advanced cookbooks. I think everyone should give this book a shot! Thanks, Fran!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite cookbook in my collection 17 Feb 2012
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This is my favorite cookbook in my collection of hundreds. Every recipe turns out great and is tried and true. I can always count on a recipe in this cookbook for entertaining family and friends and living up to my reputation as a great cook! :) I bought a copy for a young girl for her wedding present as well.
4.0 out of 5 stars Summer 19 Mar 2014
By Ljstrohschein - Published on Amazon.com
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Summer time fun will be great with this book that will allow me to come with something more than the norm!
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative Enternating 15 May 2009
By Brent Thies - Published on Amazon.com
Fantastic and innovative enternaing guide that is great for planning parties of all sizes! Wonderful table settings pair with interesting but familiar pairings that make the dining experience feel exotic. The layout, pictures and design of this cookbook make it very user friendly!
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