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Cooking for a Crowd: Menus, Recipes and Strategies for Entertaining 10 to 50 [Paperback]

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Pages   276
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 8" Height: 10"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 7, 2005
Publisher   Rodale Books
ISBN  1594860114  
EAN  9781594860119  

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A revised and expanded edition of the classic entertainment cooking guide provides a wealth of menus, do-ahead recommendations, and recipes for larger groups, providing in the latest volume a variety of customizable options for special and holiday occasions. Original.

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Susan Wyler's indispensable classic is back in print-now better than ever, with more than a dozen new menus, over 70 new recipes, and a wealth of updated strategies

The original edition of Cooking for a Crowd won great praise all around: Florence Fabricant named it one of the New York Times best books of the season. Perla Meyers, author of How to Peel a Peach, advised, "Keep this book as a reference whenever you are entertaining." And Rose Levy Berenbaum, author of The Cake Bible, declared, "She puts together the components of a dinner with the passion, perfection, and ease of a master painter. The game plans . . . enable any cook to impress without risk."

This new edition builds on the premise of the original-that many a home cook can manage the occasional dinner party for 4 to 6, but when it comes to entertaining a crowd of 10 or more, the logistics become exponentially more complicated. Wyler's ingeniously user-friendly combination of creative menus, do-ahead game plans, and crowd-pleasing recipes makes it possible for any home cook to entertain on a large scale.

Wyler has expanded the volume to include over 225 recipes and 35 menus for a variety of sizes and occasions-such as Tuscan Lunch for 12 to 16, Black and Orange Halloween Party for 24, even a Wedding Supper for 50.

A perfect balance of inspiring and instructive, Cooking for a Crowd is a must-have for all home cooks who want to bring large groups of family and friends together at the table.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Ok, glad I didn't spend more  Oct 10, 2007
I bought this book thinking it would help with my frequent hosting of large crowds, but it didn't help at all. It might help IF I needed obscure, expensive ingredients and gourmet friends. I needed something way more practical.

Great Menus for Entertaining!  Sep 27, 2007
This book has some really spectacular recipes and great entertaining menus and ideas; I can see many family and friends get-togethers or other parties in my future and I'll certainly use this book. However, I generally plan menus and cook for a crowd in a church setting -- families, students, elderly members, and occasionally, homeless people who are in our inner city neighborhood. Our ability to "stay in business" means we can't afford to buy the types of ingredients many of these recipes require or cook foods that might not have the kind of appeal that personally invited guests would appreciate. More importantly, a lot of the recipes probably take way too much time for volunteers with limited interest and/or ability to prepare. So while it probably won't be much help to me in my volunteer position, I believe I'll use it for personal entertainment purposes and that's why I'm going to add it to my cook book library!
My New Favorite Cookbook  Jun 10, 2007
I bought this cookbook because I was preparing to organize the food at a camping retreat for 30, but it turned out to be one of the best everyday cookbooks I own. The cookbook is arranged by type of event, from a small family dinner to a large wedding supper. Most of the recipes are for 20 or less people, although a few are written for 30 or more. The strength of the cookbook is in the emphasis on technique and on pre-preparation, where possible. If a dish can be made a day to a month or more before serving and refrigerated or frozen, the author tells you. The other strength is in outdoor cooking and barbecueing, which was the subject of the author, Susan Wyler's, first cookbook, Tailgate Parties. These recipes are downright inspired. The recipe for Texas Barbecue Brisket is the best I have tasted, because it is smoked outside for only two hours, then baked at low temperature in the oven. This results in a much moister brisket than smoking overnight, which is the typical method in other cookbooks. Wyler has also perfected Pulled Pork, by boiling the pork shoulder on the stove for several hours and smoking it at the finish for flavor - the moistest, most wonderful you have tasted! Her recipes for cornbread (there are two) are both delicious and moist, and they both freeze well. The Coleslaw recipe is deliciouis without a drop of mayonaise and is ideal for a picnic.
This is a great cookbook for anyone who entertains (even if you entertain casually outside) or who cooks for a large family or for church or charity events. We all need to occasionally make a salad for 20 or a meal for 10. There is a great section describing how to cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal, as well as another which describes the cooking of a holiday ham. There is even a nice section on alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, with recipes and recommended amounts for a crowd. When I was preparing to cook for the retreat I mentioned earlier, I bought 5 cookbooks aimed at cooking for large groups, but I never use the other 4. This is a great cookbook, and everytime I cook from it and take the dish to a potluck or party, I get rave reviews. I would highly recommend it.
Excellent Resource  Mar 17, 2007
Great menu ideas, good recipes.
This cookbook is a gem! A lot of quantity-cooking cookbooks have recipes for things like slop and canned-cream-of-whatever-soup special. This book has simple, classy recipes along with strategies for serving a crowd of people.

All of the recipes I have tried from this book have been great. Once you see her proportions and suggested quantities, it is also easy to scale other favorite recipes to serve a larger group of people.

This contains recipes and menus for different-sized crowds and for different occasions (from elegent dinners to picnics).

Excellent resource. Highly recommended.
This is a very practical book, fool of wonderful recipes. Very well written, simple to follow. I've only had a chance to try a couple so far, but with great success. Black and Orange Halloween Party for 24 was simple enough to do, and an instant hit. The Chocolate Chili with Beef, Pork, and Black Beans was to die for. I can't wait to try other dishes from this book. Highly recommend this cookbook.

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