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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: GOTHAM BOOKS PB; Original edition (Oct. 6 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405053
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #805,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Zora O'Neill runs a "NYC Survival Cooking" class and has done her time as a line cook, in such places as Prune in the East Village. She has written for and Gastronomica, and also writes travel guides for Lonely Planet, Moon and Rough Guides. She relates her eating adventures abroad at the long-running blog Roving Gastronome

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Truly a fabulous find. I laughed out loud at the anecdotes, explanations, and advice. A lot of fun, with delicious, easy to follow recipes. Perfect for people just starting out with cooking and entertaining, but also great for those who are more experienced. Forking Fantastic!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfdc2ac) out of 5 stars Brazen over-the-top fun! Who can resist? Oct. 11 2009
By Beverly Mcfarland - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you've never considered cooking for another person never mind a group, this book will at least get you fantasizing about the possibility. Even if you rarely cook for yourself, you'll find yourself thinking Hmmm, I could make that... And seasoned cooks? I'm one of those ~ boasting dozens of years of creative cookery ~ yet there were multiple "who knew?" moments for me. These women know what they're talking about and better yet, know how to say it with clarity. And when's the last time you laughed out loud reading a cookbook?

Despite the statement that their vision of vegetarianism includes a bacon exception, the authors' vegetable dishes are original and tantalizing ~ and don't actually contain bacon although the recipe for candying it might make you want to.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfdc300) out of 5 stars Practical. Funny. Profane. Awesome. Oct. 7 2009
By James F. Greer - Published on
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Ok, I've only had this book for 24 hours, so the recipes are not battle-tested, with the exception of a yummy Spanish Tortilla I made with leftovers last night (think frittata, not mexican tortilla). Having said that, I love the spirit of the book. It's aimed at someone who basically never throws a dinner party because of the stress involved. The recipes, shopping tips, etc all emphasize maximum deliciousness with least effort - for instance, it recommends never peeling a vegetable. It correctly identifies the surprising tastiness of frozen peas. I could go on.

The pleasure the authors take in a wine-infused, too-many-people-in-a-small-apartment kind of a dinner party is infectious. All in all, if the use of the f-word bothers you, or you want your dinner to look great in photographs, look elsewhere. If you've been meaning to get 8 people over for dinner more often, and want some help, this is just the ticket.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca44588) out of 5 stars Laid Back, Delicious Food & Fun!!!! Oct. 12 2009
By Erin - Published on
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I just got this cookbook last week and am already in love with it -- I love the laid-back, no measurements approach (which is really how you're supposed to cook!), and the no-fuss approach to dining. I've already flagged a bunch of recipes to make for upcoming dinner parties.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3426d68) out of 5 stars Some may be offended, buy to most: BUY THIS BOOK! Feb. 19 2011
By B. Knauss - Published on
Format: Paperback
First, if you are offended by some three and four letter words (used somewhat often), believe having a social cocktail (or 3) before / after dinner (and wine with) is a bad thing, believe it would be faux pas to have anything but a perfect table setting and / or using anything except a table to eat off of (just wait till you get the idea of using saw horses and taking a door off its hinges) than this book is NOT for you. For the rest of us hard working and often broke people of earth who wish to still be able to entertain and enjoy life, this is the book for you! Anyone who thinks the meals are not great or tasteless must have missed the part when the authors talked about you being the cook and encouraging one to adjust (or even flat out change) the recipes to ones liking. This is anything but some dry, stiff, cook book. Lots of tips, several great meal ideas and just about the only book one would need when it comes to setting up a dinner party or supper club.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfdc738) out of 5 stars The Real Fun of Cooking finally explained Nov. 1 2009
By R. Ben-Zeev - Published on
Format: Paperback
Forking Fantastic uses cooking as a means not a goal. The goal is a better, healthier and, mainly, a more social life. This is the first cook book I ever read that truly delivers its message in a simple and fun way with no bs. The authors, Tamara and Zora experienced a real change for the better in their lives since they began throwing dinner parties and they make a very convincing argument why this could work for anyone. This book has some great recipes (from caesar's salad to fried chicken to croquembouche to lane cake) and awesome practical tips like what a great kitchen needs - turns out, not much (3 knives, a cast iron skillets, a few stainless steel bowls and a garlic press), they also support the Jamie Oliver style of not using exact measurements (thank you!). This book will give you all the confidence you need to stop eating take away watching reruns of Friends and actually get a life.