Tuesday, September 9, 2014

VEGETARIAN DINNER PARTIES by Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein

This cookbook divides into seven chapters and covers every aspect of preparing and hosting a great dinner party for your family and friends. Each chapter has numerous recipes that have easy to follow instructions with ingredients that are sure to please any palate. The title name of chapters are Twelve Ways to Say ‘Welcome’, No Plates Needed, Small Plates, Salads and Soups, Pastas, Large Plates, and Final Plates with each recipe listing a ‘Pour’ that pairs a beverage compatible with flavors in the recipe given.

Recipes are either vegetarian or vegan leaning toward the majority of recipes being vegan. For your dinner party there is an eight-point list to get you started: Recipe list, Guest list, Task list, Play list, Seating, Well-set table, Lighting, and Chat List. From each section, I would like to try the following recipes:

Twelve Ways to Say ‘Welcome’ – Watermelon Punch (with Prosecco and fresh watermelon)
No Plates Needed – Fried Olives with Caramelized Garlic
Small Plates – Roasted Grapes and Olives
Salads and Soups – Shredded Beets, Capers, Avocado (stacked with pine nut garnish)
Pastas – Orecchiette, Cauliflower, Raisins, Olives (in white wine sauce)
Large Plates – Black-eyed Pea Stew and Fried Corn Cakes
Final Plates – 1) Pecan Baklava  2) Lemon Cream Donuts

Everything you need to throw a dinner party without the heaviness of meat and more is shared in this cookbook with essential information on making any dinner party a success with straightforward talk and good recipes. A few recipes are more detailed due to the delicate flavors, which require extra time and effort. Overall, this a book needed by all hosts as an addition to the kitchen bookshelf for those planned and impromptu gatherings or gifting opportunity.

I received this book free from the publisher Rodale Inc. Books through the Net Galley reviewer program in exchange for an unbiased opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

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