As it says on the tin, this book is a great resource for planning formal (or informal) meals and parties, including an informative section on planning timelines, what to order in vs outsource, etc. Primarily this is a collection of recipes around the various holidays of the Jewish year, grouped as 'menus' for the various yom tovim. As with Gil Marks's other books, you'll find a nice range of recipes from various traditions (beyond just Ashkenazi and Sephardic) and great little facts about the holidays and traditional foods associated with them, without any of it being so verbose that it renders the book unusable. Do bear in mind that this book has charming illustrations but no photographs, so if you prefer glossy spreads for inspiration, you may find this disappointing. I find the font quite readable and comfortable to use in the kitchen, and the lack of photographs doesn't detract from the usefulness of this book or render the lovely collection of recipes any less interesting.
The World of Jewish Entertaining: Recipes for the Sabbath and Family CelebrationsGreat book, bought it for my friend who's married to Jewish guy but think I may be borrowing it! Loads of recipes and some interesting historical facts too. No pictures but recipes are very clearly laid out on each page,I very much like its simple style. Highly recommended. May Gil Marks other book, The World of Jewish Cooking, for myself!