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Around the table : easy menus for cozy entertaining at home
Wright, Ellen, 1940-
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Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Harvard Common Press, [2003]

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xvii, 222 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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TX731 .W732 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Easy and stylish menus for cozy entertaining at home.

Author Notes

Ellen Wright has been cooking and entertaining for more than forty years. Before writing cookbooks, she served as an assistant and recipe tester to James Beard and hosted his 75th birthday party, where he declared, "Ellen, I don't know anyone who is better at bringing people together, making them feel at home, and serving a damn good meal." Wright studied painting and drawing in college before she applied her artistic talent to the kitchen. In addition to working with Beard, Wright has also studied under Madhur Jaffrey, Lydie Marshall, and Julia Child. She has authored one previous cookbook, Bridgehampton Weekends (William Morrow). Though a regional cookbook, it garnered national media attention from newspapers, magazines, the Today show, and Larry King Live. The New York Times said of Wright, "It took Martha Stewart a dozen years, a slew of books, and a lifetime of self-promotion to get the kind of attention Ellen Wright has been showered with since her first book hit stores last month." She is also an interior designer whose clients include CBS Sports, Citicorp, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brokaw, and Jane Pauley. Currently Wright divides her time between an apartment overlooking the East River in New York City and a renovated farmhouse in Bridgehampton, New York.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Wright admits she's neither a restaurant chef nor a professional party-thrower, but she's been cooking and entertaining for over 40 years. She wrote this book for other culinary non-professionals who agree that "when it comes to really enjoying a meal, there's no place like home." Filled with 24 amusingly themed menus, divided into cold weather and warm weather categories, this volume is decidedly accessible. The recipe for Perfect Lemon Cake with Fresh Lemon Glaze might sound intimidating, but it calls for simple cake mix and lemon-flavored instant pudding, and comes with a sanity-saving tip: "If the cake breaks while you are unmolding it, take the pieces out and place them in their rightful positions. When you glaze, the break won't show." Entertaining at home is not about impressing guests, says Wright; it's about making them comfortable. Pop culture references, such as a Valentine's Day dinner menu entitled "Six and the City" and a TV tray menu to accompany viewing of The Sopranos might date this book, but the recipes-simple, classic and, above all, easy-will always be crowd-pleasers. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved