As an award-winning Food Network television host, cookbook author, cooking teacher, and food and wine writer, David Rosengarten clearly knows a thing or two about food and drink not to mention putting on a great show. Now he brings all three together in an imaginative collection of dinner parties that can transform even a casual get-together into a memorable occasion. Each party features a complete menu of delicious-yet-doable recipes that are centered around a specific food or ethnic theme a Texas BBQ, Cassoulet ("Show up chez-moi for beans and wienies!"), or a Tapas Time night featuring Spanish Ham and Chorizos. Planning and presentation ideas show how to make a gathering truly special, from table-setting tips to music suggestions and more. Top photographer Quentin Bacon captures the food and the celebratory mood with style and dramatic flair. Throughout the book, Rosengarten is the perfect host, with a style that is as bold, lively, and entertaining as the parties themselves. David Rosengarten (New York, NY) is one of most recognized figures working in food journalism and broadcasting today.
He is the former host of Taste and cohost of In Food Today, both on television's Food Network. He has served as a restaurant critic for Gourmet magazine and as wine columnist for Newsday, and his articles have also appeared in the New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, BusinessWeek, and Bon Appetit. The author of four cookbooks, including Taste (IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Award winner) and It's All American Food, he is currently the Editor in Chief of the popular culinary newsletter, The Rosengarten Report.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments.; Introduction.; It's Tapas Time.; Grilled Pizza in the Backyard.; Frying High, Japanese Style.; Tunisia for Twelve.; Texas BBQ.; Party Marseillaise.; Mexican Street Party.; A Totally Frank Party.; Love Me Tandoor.; South American Steak on the Grill.; Bollito Misto.; Zydeco Thanksgiving.; Cassoulet.; Zorba the Grill.; The Hell with Fidel, Let's Party.; The Devon Cream Tea.; Index.
DAVID ROSENGARTEN, a two-time James Beard Award winner, is a cookbook author, food-and-wine writer, and TV personality. The former host and chef of the Food Network cooking show Taste and coanchor with Donna Hanover of In Food Today, he appears as a regular guest on NBC's Today show. He has written for the New York Times, Newsday, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and many other publications, and is currently Editor in Chief of The Rosengarten Report, recipient of the 2003 James Beard Award for best food-and-wine newsletter in America. His recent cookbook, It's All American Food, earned a 2004 James Beard Award. His web site, www.davidrosengarten.com, features many additional resources, recipes, and tips for food enthusiasts.