Presented here are classic ways to impress your guests at the next cocktail party! Recipes are simple to follow, tasty, and a great deal of fun. Certainly there are some recipes that perhaps won't appeal much to hosts today...I find beef tongue and the many ways suggested by Beard to serve it not very appealing. But maybe that's just a matter of taste! The canapes are great! The suggested spreads are great for variety sake. From an historical perspective it is interesting to read what was popular and this book certainly gives us insight into things popular in the 1940s. An especially interesting note here with respect to changes in time, in Beard's discussion of the Key to the Cocktail Party, Chapter 1, he suggests that the host/hostess have "plenty of cigarettes, and not only your brand." I find this comment quite revealing and interesting.
This is a great book for all those interested in creating a fun, entertaining and tasty cocktail party.