Katie Brown Entertains: 16 Menus 16 Occasions 16 Tables

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16 Menus 16 Occasions 16 Tables

Katie Brown's knack for mixing homey appeal with a hip sense of style makes her both an irreverent and engaging personality. In Katie Brown Entertains, she illustrates how to decorate tabletops and put together menus to create 16 different occasions and parties. With simple, step-by-step instructions and more than 250 sumptuous, full-color photos throughout, this fabulous book celebrates everything from a Texan Fourth of July to a homespun family Christmas, from a romantic breakfast for two to a book club dinner with the girls.

Katie covers every element of a party, including more than 125 projects that contribute a special touch to invitations, table and chair arrangements, centerpieces, place cards, and favors. Plus, she adds her own personal flavor by describing her favorite dishes and sharing personal stories and anecdotes. More than 125 delicious recipes feature such enticing entrees as Oven-Fried Chicken with a Garlic and Parmesan Crust, BBQ Pork Marinated in Tequila and Coriander, Snapper en Papillote, and Scallops with Ginger-Scallion Sauce. Herb and Onion Focaccia and Buttermilk Biscuits with Cheddar Cheese are just two of the tempting breads. Almond Apricot Tart and Gingersnap Ice Cream Sandwiches are among a delightful array of desserts.

Chockful of delicious recipes, innovative tips, and affordable how-tos, Katie Brown Entertains takes the stress out of party planning and makes the formal art of celebration a relaxing and fun occasion.

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As host of her own Lifetime TV show, Katie Brown provides easy and affordable advice on casual entertaining. Her Katie Brown Entertains offers readers 16 menus for as many occasions, plus table décor and other party projects, including invitations, centerpieces, and favors. Thus, for example, Lone Star: A Fourth of July Celebration offers easy recipes for such dishes as Skillet Corn Bread with Jalapeño and Pecans, plus instructions for projects like branded wooden place mats and napkin rings with a Stars and Stripes motif. Readers who enjoy craftwork in the service of homey entertaining plus basic yet winning recipes should welcome the book.

Events are themed and include, in addition to the above, Kitchen Garden Lunch for Four, Book Club Dinner, and It's All About You: A Birthday Dinner for Six. Projects range from the simple, such as Spoon Soap Place Cards--you write guests names on wooden spoons and tie them to Mason jars containing glycerin soap--to the more ambitious, such as Stamp It, for which readers create rubber stamps (from computer mousepads) to decorate the sides of the dining table. If Brown's recipes confusingly list ingredients before giving quantities needed (as in, "celery: 1-1/2 cups, diced 1/2 inch"), instructions for both the dishes and the projects are clear and easy to follow. With anecdotal introductions to the projects and fully photo-illustrated features, the book should keep many hands busy and many guests happy with the work and food produced. --Arthur Boehm

About the Author:

Katie Brown is a Cornell-educated art historian who has raced on the U.S. Ski Team, acted in TV commercials (for Kodak, AT&T, Saturn) and run a catering business out of her house in Los Angeles. Born in Petoskey, Michigan in 1963, she has three brothers and sisters and grew up surrounded by thirty-two cousins and fourteen aunts and uncles.

Her enthusiasm for entertaining, gardening and cooking inspired her to open her own store called Goat. Located in Los Angeles and Mackinac Island, Michigan, Goat quickly became a popular antique store and cafe. Katie has been serving up dime-store domesticity on Lifetime's Next Door with Katie Brown since October 1997. Brown has opened Katie Brown Workshops in Los Angeles, New York, and Bridgehampton.

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