The Classic Party Fare Cookbook Hardcover – Apr 1995
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Some of the presentation is overdone - where everything is so frilly that it's no longer unique - but if you keep things rational when you do it this book can really help you present your food in an extremely appealing manner.
Great ideas, menus, recipes. There is a section in the back on garnishing that is excellent - very detailed and not as difficult as you would think. This book is worth purchasing just for that section!
Someone mentioned that it's not for non-professionals. I think if you entertain often then you will find the book very useful. As always if you try to make too many "fancy" or complicated appetizers you will run out of time and patience. Limit yourself to two or three fancy apps and then fill in with nicely presented easy/simple apps.
Yes, you can make some things ahead and freeze them--but even then, it's hard for some of us to devote an entire weekend (or even an entire day) to cooking. The recipes I tried were both labor-intensive and very time-consuming. I picked up some great ideas for arranging prepared foods and fruit and veggie trays, and I will still enjoy this book as a reference for presenting food, but I doubt if I'll attempt to cook from it again. Whew!