James Beard's Menus or Entertaining Author:James Beard James Beard is a master at entertaining, as well as a notable food authority. He entertains frequently in his New York house, with imagination, ease, and enormous flair. The food he serves on these occasions is, of course, perfectly prepared, but in addition it has a stamp of boldness and a touch of the unexpected,which delight his guests. Fu... more »rthermore, the flow of food and drink is managed with such control and grace that every event becomes convivial. Entertaining, says Mr. Beard, gives him
pleasure. It is his forte, and beyond that it is his business.
Here, Mr.Beard passes on the wisdom that has made him a renowned host. As he remarks in his introduction, it is all a matter of good planning with a dash of showmanship. One of the most important aspects of planning is the menu. It must be balanced, interesting, and manageable. Unfortunately, many people who can follow recipes accurately lack the ability to assemble a memorable meal. Mr.Beard has prepared more than 100 menus for this book in which his master's hand is evident. Here are complete instructions, from cocktails to dessert, for formal and informal occasions; for early and late breakfasts; for summer luncheons and ladies' luncheons; for easy dinners and dinners that can be prepared in advance; for outdoor entertaining and picnics; for celebrations and holiday feasts. Delicious meals are planned around such simple dishes as roast chicken or such elegant ones a Stuffed Trout Pyramide. And the reader will encounter surprises like Noodles Alfredo for breakfast and a "Fabulous Salad" made with Bibb lettuce, raw mushrooms, baby beets and fresh violets!
Here are ideas to suit the most uninhibited appetites as well as the calorie-minded; the caviar as well as the cheeseburger budget. This is a book that will spark tired hosts and hostesses throughout the country.« less