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Ideal Home Entertaining [Hardcover]

Susan Spaull
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10 Sep 1999
With a focus on menus created specially for entertaining, all the recipes are designed to be prepared in advance with the minimum of effort. They feature a broad range of cooking styles and cuisine, ranging from classic Christmas specials and dinner party menus to a Thai-style buffet, perfect when cooking for friends.
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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree Ltd (10 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075222395X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752223957
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 888,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Spaull teaches at the celebrated Leith's school--high credentials indeed--and publishes a regular recipe column in Ideal Home magazine. Ideal Home Entertaining is a compilation of the best of these: modern, stylish dinner-party recipes designed to be assembled with minimum effort but maximum impact. Aware that not everyone is completely at home in the kitchen, Susan Spaull has ensured that there is nothing here to frighten off the novice, while providing a collection of recipes that would ornament a dinner party or provide delicious fare when friends come round for a meal. The recipes include versions of European classics, such as "Fillet of Beef en Croute", "Carbonnade of Beef" and "Rosti"--the kind of things that should be in everyone's repertoire--together with dishes that reflect the Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern traditions. Desserts are particularly successful. Among the mouth-watering meringues, fruit tarts and coulis, a dish like "Hot Chilli Pineapple with Coconut Ice Cream" stands out.

With an eye to helping the busy working cook make the best use of time, the recipes are annotated with calorie and fat content, preparation and cooking times and whether the dish can be made ahead and/or frozen. Most are light: Susan Spaull makes extensive use of fresh, seasonal ingredients; and she is not afraid to give a vivid new twist to traditional dishes--her Seafood Lasagne, for example, an elaborate but speedy assemblage, is lightened by the inclusion of cottage cheese alongside the mozzarella. Sensible use of good-quality convenience ingredients cuts down on the cook's labours. All in all, Ideal Home Entertaining could do a great deal to reduce the stress and increase the pleasures of the nation's dinner parties. --Robin Davidson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book 30 April 2012
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If you want to make a special meal and you want to up your game then I really recommend this book. I bought it because my friend had a dinner party, and I loved what she had made - she showed me the book and recipe and when I paged through it I realised that there are so many amazing recipes in it that its definitely worth buying. The white chocolate mint cheesecake has been a hit with people that don't even like cheesecake. There are several dishes in here that have wowed people. And surprisingly, of all the (probably 50 or so) cookbooks I own I think we have made more recipes out of this book than any others! Buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page upon page of great recipes 22 May 2014
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I bought this book specifically for the seafood lasagne recipe which is amazing!! Happy to say the book is full of delicious recipes so well worth buying.
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