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Esquire's handbook for hosts
Uniform Title:
Esquire's handbook for hosts.
Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal : Distributed by Workman Pubishing, 1977.
Physical Description:
vii, 288 pages ; illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Esquire's handbook for hosts. New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 1949.

Includes index.
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TX731 .D43 1977 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Take an entertaining look back at how to party it up like they did fifty years ago - in the age of 'Lounge.'

Now re-introduced for the first time since its original publication in 1949, this book is full of classic advice and guidelines on how to throw a fabulous cocktail party.

Complete with everything from directions on how to stock the bar to tips on making conversation to hilarious party games and 400 delightful and useful period illustrations, Esquire's Handbook for Hosts is a delightful reminder that even the most hopeless host can give a terrific party, whether it's New Year's Eve 1949 or 1999.

The nostalgic chapters include: Eat - The World's Best Chefs Wear Pants, Foreign Flavors to Win Guest's Favors; Drink - What the Well-Dressed bar Will Wear, Five O'Clock Whistle Whetters; And Be Merry - Games, After-Dinner Witchcraft, How Attractive Are You to Women? and 365 excuses for a Party.



Something for the Girls Pink Lady 1 oz. gin 1/2 oz. applejack White of one egg Juice of 1/2 lime Couple dashes of Grenadine, strawberry syrup or raspberry syrup Shake vigorously with cracked ice. Strain. Sprig of mint optional decoration. Something for the Boys Brainstorm 1/4 French Vermouth 1/4 benedictine 1/2 best rye whiskey Stir well with ice and float orange peel on top. Beer Cheese Cake 1 pound cream cheese 4 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup melted butter 1/2 cup sugar 2 tbsp. flour 3 ounces currants - raisins 1 cup beer grated rind of 1 lemon Rub the cheese through a sieve - add the eggs, sugar and other ingredients. Line an 8 x 3 pan with ordinary pie dough. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan and bake in a medium hot oven for 1 1/2 hours. Excerpted from Esquire's Handbook For Hosts. Copyright (c) 1999. Reprinted with permission by BD&L. Excerpted from Esquire's Handbook for Hosts: A Time-Honored Guide to the Perfect Party by Esquire Magazine Staff All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Eat the world's best chefs wear pantsp. 9
How to Use This Book read it and reapp. 13
Equipment pans make the man efficientp. 16
How to Serve when you put your best foot forwardp. 19
Canapes nibble while you sipp. 21
Caviar from sturgeon who seldom need urgingp. 25
Soups duck-soup ways to build a repp. 27
Fish tipping the scales in Epicure's favorp. 35
Steak variations on a favorite themep. 41
Stew how to do right by a man's dishp. 43
Game cooking the hillp. 45
Continental Cooking foreign flavors to win guests' favorsp. 50
Indian Curries
South of the Border
and . . . the Melting Pot
Sauces topping toppersp. 67
Salads tossed-up, not flossed-upp. 71
Desserts sweet finalesp. 75
Cheese high "C" of the mealp. 79
Coffee the cup that cheersp. 81
Midnight Snacks cures for booze in the nightp. 83
Picnic Supper an easy buffet menup. 85
Eat Alone and Like It just plain foodp. 86
Breakfast rise and shinep. 88
A Prize Brunch a praise-raiser for Sunday entertainingp. 89
Eggs with a pedigreep. 90
Carving knife with fatherp. 92
Drink liquor is quickerp. 97
Tips on Technique it's the way how you do itp. 99
Stocking the Cellar what'll you have?p. 105
Bartender's Box Score a jack-up for the mixer's memoryp. 108
Cocktails the five o'clock whistle whettersp. 111
Wines the drink of the godsp. 135
Aperitifs continental cocktailsp. 147
After-Dinner Drinks cordially yoursp. 151
Highballs tall, dark andp. 154
Mint Julepp. 156
Gin Drinksp. 157
Rum Drinksp. 158
Brandy Drinksp. 160
Wine Drinksp. 161
Beer the cooler with the collarp. 163
Punches (cold) to bown you overp. 165
Punches (hot) a knockout of a drinkp. 170
Eggnog seasoned tipplingp. 176
Pick-Me-Ups for slower let-you-downsp. 179
"Tipples" for Teetotalers soft . . . and easyp. 181
And Be Merry how to be happy thought hostp. 183
The Sober Duty of a Hostp. 185
Is There a Drunk in the House?p. 186
S'prise!p. 188
Speed the Parting Guestp. 188
Be Preparedp. 189
How to Keep the Party Goingp. 189
Good Talkp. 190
Games life-savers of the partyp. 201
Card Gamesp. 202
Belote -- The Old French Gamep. 202
Gin Rummyp. 207
Contract Gin Rummyp. 208
Rummy -- The South American Wayp. 212
Dealer's Choicep. 219
Playing Poker To Winp. 224
Bluffing at Bridgep. 224
Esquire's New Three-Handed Bridgep. 229
Seven Games of Solitairep. 230
Football for Feeble Fullbacksp. 237
Six-Pack Beziquep. 242
Brain Teasersp. 246
Kinship Puzzlesp. 248
Tricksp. 250
-- and Dirty Tricksp. 254
After-Dinner Witchcraftp. 255
Quizzesp. 259
How Attractive Are You to Men?p. 262
How Attractive Are You to Women?p. 264
365 Excuses For a Partyp. 266
Etiquette Refresherp. 269
Introductionsp. 270
Invitationsp. 270
Should You Ask Her In?p. 270
Dining Without Painp. 273
Blueprint for a Cocktail Partyp. 274
Confusion Controlp. 275
What the Well-Dressed Host Will Wearp. 277
Answersp. 279
Indexp. 282