In this follow-up to the best-selling Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking: Wine Country Recipes for Family and Friends Michael Chiarello, popular chef, cookbook author and television host, continues his exploration of simple, casually elegant cuisine, sharing his practical and inspirational ideas for everyday entertaining. These simple southern Italian - inspired recipes, whimsical menus and time-saving tips make it easy to reach beyond the ordinary for any event or occasion and still be able to enjoy the party yourself. Hosting a successful party, be it for a handful of friends around the kitchen counter or 100 people at a New Year's Day bash, is all about planning. The idea is for anyone to plan and execute any size event or party and, as the host, still be able to enjoy it yourself. Michael reminds us never to underestimate the time-saving qualities of a well-stocked pantry and includes an array of spice rubs, infused oils, vinaigrettes and sauces to keep at the ready, which are perfect for last-minute party planning. Dozens of tips and techniques are sprinkled throughout the text: What to do with party leftovers; suggested menus for themed parties.
Then check out the Entertaining 101 tips in the back for quick-fix ideas, old-fashioned cleaning tips that really work, essential equipment, and more. Michael Chiarello's Casual Entertaining will help you think like an entertainer. You'll surprise yourself, give your friends and family unforgettable memories, and most of all, have fun doing it.