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The Desperate Gourmet : Easy Enough to be Almost Instant - Fine Enough for a Gourmet

Schenck, Lois

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ISBN 10: 0312021917 / ISBN 13: 9780312021917
Published by St. Martin's Press Inc, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1988
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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"Just who is a Desperate Gourmet? Anyone who has ever wanted to entertain with a maximum of style and a minimum of preparation. THE DESPERATE GOURMET tells you how to stage a cocktail party for six or sixty, a sit-down dinner for eight, or a buffet dinner for twenty-and have fun while you're doing it! The three guidelines are easy: Pamper Yourself; Keep it Simple; and When All Else Fails, Fake It." This book has 166 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 026654

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Title: The Desperate Gourmet : Easy Enough to be ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press Inc, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Pictorial Softcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Edition {First Printing}

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Desperate Gourmet

From Publishers Weekly:

The premise of the volume is superb, its execution disappointing. Food writer and realtor Schenck proposes: be organized, keep the essentials on hand and use a limited repertoire of quick but classy dishes. The recipes here are respectable, although not striking as gourmet fare or as time-savers. Artichoke dip, deviled eggs and hummus can accompany cocktails, while zucchini lasagna and chicken teriyaki sandwiches are offered as light meals. A sit-down dinner for eight features "Gourmet" Texas chili, polenta, frijoles, and figs with coffee cream. The basic advice on entertaining is sound, but those who follow Schenck's plans may have storage problems. Also, readers may wonder why they need a book to tell them about "culinary plagiary"buying food to get out of a bindwhen panic teaches this for free. Schenck even seems ambivalent toward guests; while she says the right words about making them "feel cared about," there are limits to her friendship: "If you find a great item to buy, keep the source to yourself."
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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