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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0609601113, Hardcover)OK, so your life is complicated. Whose isn't? Donata Maggipinto thinks that most people would entertain more often if they knew how to do it simply. Real-Life Entertaining shows how to put forth the effort required to make guests comfortable and happy without the usual pressure-cooker effect on the hosts. Her four seasonal menus in the "Casual Suppers" section are truly casual yet stylish (for example, the easy-to-prepare pumpkin chowder is presented in small hollowed-out pumpkins), and the four "Big-Deal Meals," while relying on slightly more sophisticated ingredients and presentation, are still doable by intermediate cooks. Each section has additional recipes beyond the four menus, special style notes, and primer pages. Maggipinto's style is friendly--it's OK to serve food you bought as take-out, let the guests help with the dishes, and even serve on TV trays if there's something very special on the tube. There are plenty of Martha Stewart-style suggestions for those who are looking for "extra credit," but for the majority of us, who just want things to be "good enough," this book helps.
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