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How to Host a Dinner Party [Hardcover]

Corey Mintz , Steve Murray , Sarah Polley
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May 6 2013

A fun, informative guide to hosting the perfect party every time.

"Every dinner party experience I’ve had in the last ten years at Corey’s has been incredible. But practice really does make perfect and I can now honestly say there is nowhere I’d rather be in the world than at his table ... I can’t begin to express the relief I felt in reading this book and realizing there was a method to his success."
- Sarah Polley, from the introduction

We’ve all been there: twenty minutes before guests arrive, and you’re unsure if you’ve got enough wine, or enough chairs, or whether your friend is a vegetarian or a vegan. Hosting a dinner party is hard, but Corey Mintz can help. For his popular Toronto Star column, "Fed," he has presided over 115 dinner parties, every week opening his home to strangers and friends alike in an effort to perfect the craft of hosting. And in How to Host a Dinner Party, he shares everything he’s learned in a hilarious handbook that will appeal to everyone — from those throwing their first dinner party to seasoned entertainers looking to enhance their skills.

This book guides readers through everything they need to know about hosting, starting with the golden rule — that the goal of a dinner party is to have fun with our friends, not to show off our cooking skills. It will explain why we like to gather for dinner, when we should host, who we should invite, what we should cook, and how we should cook it. Featuring recipes, anecdotes, expert analysis, and an endless bounty of how-to tips, it is the essential guide to perfecting the art of welcoming people into your home.

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After 150 dinner parties, Mintz is well equipped to dish out advice...with good humour...with a thoughtful introduction by Sarah Polley (a friend of Mintz’s), lively illustrations by Steve Murray and several dinner party-appropriate recipes, the book is beautifully laid out in 10 chapters. (Maclean's 2013-05-23)

About the Author

Corey Mintz hosts dinner parties in his home every week for his popular Toronto Star column, "Fed." Before that he was a restaurant critic. And before that he worked for a living, as a cook. In the past two years, he has hosted 115 dinner parties. He began without napkins or stemware, serving wine out of Nutella jars. But after hosting politicians, artists, academics, monkeys, librarians, chefs, sommeliers, cops, lawyers, psychologists, a spy, a forager, a rabbi, a gambler, a drug addict, and a mayor, he’s become a pro.

Steve Murray is a columnist, cartoonist, and illustrator for the National Post. He has a weekly illustrated column called “Extremely Bad Advice.” His illustrations have appeared in the Globe and Mail, New York magazine, and Canadian Business magazine, as well as on He lives in Toronto.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Book for Dinner Parties Oct. 22 2013
By Reggie
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This a great book if your are planning to start hosting dinner parties, or you've thrown a few and they didn't go so well. Handy tips, good advice and some recipes! It's an easy, quick read as well.
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I love Corey's FED and FEAST columns in the Toronto Star and I am forever thankful that there are so many useful tips for hosting a dinner party in this little gem of a book. It was too quick a read but thankfully I can keep on referring back to it for the tips and a mega dose of high-brow laugh-out-loud wit. Everyone on my gift list will be receiving a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining useful and fun May 25 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
As a regular reader of Coreys newspaper Fed columns, I found his book to be useful, entertaining, and a real fun read - can hardly wait for his next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHO KNEW A "HOW TO" COULD BE SO ENTERTAINING! June 28 2013
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Corey Mintz is an evil genius :) Excellent guide to hosting a dinner party. He is so absolutely entertaining you won't be able to read this without smiling and laughing from start to finish. Thank-you Corey! I want to buy this for everyone I know!
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