7 Books To Help You Have a Dynamite Dinner Party

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Hosting a dinner party can be stressful.  What do you cook? Do your guests have dietary restrictions? Will your guests be entertained? We hope that each dinner party you host will be full of good food, drinks and memories made, so we’ve complied a list of books that will help your next party be a hit!

New York Cocktails

New York Cocktails

by Amanda Schuster

You don’t need to be a mixologist from Manhattan or a bartender from Brooklyn to make more than 100 of the Big Apple’s most celebrated and classic cocktails! With bars, lounges and pubs dotting almost every block in the city, the Big Apple has an unmatched and incomparable cocktail culture—and now you can travel straight to the epicenter of this trendsetting city with more than 100 creative, as well as classic, cocktail recipes. Take a virtual tour of iconic NYC establishments through breathtaking, full-color photography, scene-setting bar descriptions, and mixologist insights—and a plethora of party planning pointers, shopping tips, and must-visit hotspot suggestions make this the perfect guide to the cosmopolitan art of New York City cocktail crafting. With thirst-inducing, full-color photography throughout, and cocktails inspired by New York City movers and shakers, writers, and mixologists, New York Cocktails features unique libations shared by the best bartenders in the City That Never Sleeps, as well as signature new twists on the classics.

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Yemek

Yemek

by Isabel Lezmi

Savor the magnificent food and beauty of Istanbul in this inspiring cookbook! The authentic recipes, from mezze to desserts, are surprisingly simple to re-create in any home kitchen and call on the iconic fresh ingredients and spices, all easy to source, that define Turkish cooking. From the resplendent city of Istanbul—known for its rich colors, culture, and cuisine—comes a culinary exploration of the wonderful food far beyond the infamous doner kebab. Spanning breakfast dishes to midnight snacks, with leisurely meals in between, the 65 authentic recipes call on the iconic fresh ingredients and spices, all easy to source, that define Turkish cooking. The exquisite recipes are interlaced with personal stories and gorgeous lifestyle photography, providing a compelling food journey through this beautiful city—and showing how to bring the bold and unforgettable flavors of Turkey into your home kitchen. 

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The Southern Skillet Cookbook

The Southern Skillet Cookbook

by Cider Mill Press

Bring southern comfort to your kitchen with more than 100 recipes tailor-made for your cast-iron skillet.Discover the rich flavors and culinary heritage of the American South with The Southern Skillet Cookbook. Southern cooking and cast-iron go hand in hand, so there’s no better way to recreate these heirloom dishes than with the help of everyone’s favorite kitchen tool, the cast-iron skillet. Each recipe is created with your cast-iron skillet in mind, and we’ve even included gluten-free and vegetarian variants for a number of dishes, making this the definite cast-iron Southern cooking companion.

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Salsas & Dips

Salsas & Dips

by Mamie Fennimore

From pico de gallo to baba ganoush, take your appetizer game to the next level with Salsas & Dips!Dress up every meal—or snack—with some extra flavor from Salsas & Dips! From classic dip and salsa recipes to bold new creations, cooks with any level of experience can recreate over 100 mouthwatering recipes for every occasion or event, with shopping lists and entertainment tips to match. 

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The Sunday Dinner Cookbook

The Sunday Dinner Cookbook

by From the Editors of Tide & Town

With more than 250 recipes from our family to yours, The Sunday Dinner Cookbook revives family dinner with nostalgic menus throughout the year!Designed for a new and inventive meal for any week of the year, The Sunday Dinner Cookbook brings back classic and nostalgic meals to the modern family!  This charming cookbook organizes the weeks of the year with 52 corresponding meal options, encompassing entree, sides, and dessert for the whole family that can be mixed and matched throughout for an unlimited amount of possibilities. Make family event planning easy and memorable with helpful tips and tricks of decor, as well as advice for lovely dinner manners and conversation.

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Ovenless Desserts

Ovenless Desserts

by Cider Mill Press

From icebox cakes to crème brûlée, beat the heat with over 100 deliciously creative no-bake desserts!Satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking a sweat with Ovenless Desserts. From the fresh and fruity to the rich and decadent, this is the perfect book for anyone looking to keep their cool while entertaining in the summer sun. With gorgeous photography and over 100 recipes to choose from, this book is packed with treats to suit all tastes.

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How to Make Small Talk

How to Make Small Talk

by Melissa Wadsworth

Learn how to improve your basic conversation skills and engage in pleasant small talk for more positive face-to-face interactions in this simple, visually engaging guide.With today’s focus on technology and digital communication, face-to-face small talk is becoming increasingly difficult. How do you start a conversation with a stranger? What do you need to do to make a great first impression? What should you do when the conversation starts to drift off? In How to Make Small Talk, you’ll learn the art of small talk for all types of situations. With simple advice, engaging visuals, and brief exercises, this book makes it easy to improve your casual chitchat skills. From professional networking to first dates to casual run-ins with a neighbor, you’ll always be able to strike up a great conversation and leave a positive, lasting impression.

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