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Dinner for Eight: 40 Great Dinner Party Menus for Friends and Family [Hardcover]

Denise Landis , Amanda Hesser
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Oct. 20 2005
Longtime recipe tester Denise Landis--who has tested Nigella Lawson's books and more than a decade's worth of recipes at The New York Times--is an accomplished and experienced home entertainer. Landis knows what makes a good dinner party and how to compose a menu that will impress guests while leaving the cook free to enjoy her own party.
Featuring forty complete menus-appetizer, first course, main course, accompaniment and dessert--Dinner for Eight is organized by season, encourages mixing and matching, and guides any cook through a dinner party timeline of advance preparation and last-minute finishes.
A sample of the menus:

For Fall: Hummus with Toasted Pita Triangles/Eggplant with Chopped Tomato Vinaigrette and Spiced Chevre/Bourbon-Marinated Roast Pork/Savory Mashed Potatoes/Florida Apple Pie
For Winter: Parmesan Cheese Crisps/Salmon Tartare/Roasted Rabbit with Polenta/Wild Mushroom Saute/Pears in Red Wine
For Spring: Walnut Spread/Moules Mariniere/Lamp Chops with Mint Butter/Salt-Crusted New Potatoes/Cheesecake with Blueberry Compote
For Summer: Deviled Eggs with Avocado/Gazpacho/Seafood and Chicken and Sausage Paella/Rouille/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—longtime recipe tester for The New York Timesand for a variety of cookbooks and chefs—knows what makes a good dinner party. It’s more than just the food. It’s a relaxed host or hostess, a well-composed menu, the progression of the evening from a drink and a welcoming bite on arrival all the way through to the memorable finish of dessert.

DINNER FOR EIGHT collects four seasons of delightful dinner party recipes for every occasion. It’s a broad and accomplished book that includes the best of simple foods (from the deviled eggs of summer to the Florida apple pie of fall), ethnic favorites that are perfect for entertaining (from Asian bean sprout salad to Moroccan lamb stew), and elegant evening offerings (from smoked trout pate to pears in red wine). Each of the forty complete menus features an appetizer, first course, main course, accompaniment and dessert, as well as a selection of suggested wine or beverage pairings.

DINNER FOR EIGHT is the perfect primer for any newly minted home cook who wants to begin inviting friends over, but it’s also rich with fresh ideas for any seasoned chef. Landis guides readers through a dinner party timeline of advance preparation and last-minute finishes to ensure a fabulous, flawless dinner party.

Landis is the cooks’ cook. She’s also an accomplished home entertainer who has tested the recipes you’re about to enjoy not just in her test kitchen but around her own warm and welcoming dinner table as well.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Dinner Party Book June 2 2013
By Biz
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Easy recipes, well thought out and good ideas on how to plan and serve a successful dinner party. Good variety of recipes although there seems to be a lot of fish. The book is divided into each season with 10 menus for each season. Denise Landis gives you a guide about what to make ahead so that you are not spending all your time in the kitchen during your dinner. Using her format, it is easy to plan a party using your own recipes. Denise Landis was/is a recipe tester and my impression is that this book has been well tested to make it easy for the home cook.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fails to deliver July 14 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 March 29 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 Dec 28 2013
By Mary B Henry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Used several recipies for my sisters 25th anniversary party. There were no leftovers, and great reviews were received. Would highly recommend.
4.0 out of 5 stars Housewarming Gift Aug. 19 2014
By Katiya McKinney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Loved the cookbook as a housewarming gift but the cover was slightly dirty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook July 7 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...
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