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   Product Description-Great Parties: The Best of Martha Stewart
   An inspiring source of ideas for creating a variety of celebrations, from fun and festive to elegant and refined, Great Parties
 features fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions to help readers throw a party that is as special as it is memorable. Full-color

While this book is very much in the style of Martha Stewart, the parties that it depicts were planned and executed by other folks.
   There's a Louisiana lunch at a stately home outside Baton Rouge, complete with maquechoux oysters and pecan-crusted
 catfish; a garden harvest party, with mountains of vegetarian delights served in an East Hampton garden; a Vietnamese-Thai
  feast in a garden by the Sacramento River, with the signature flavors of Southeast Asian cooking--lime, ginger, lemongrass,
   chile paste--gracing spring rolls, chicken, and fish; a soul-food brunch given by an interior designer in Harlem that includes
   collard greens, gumbo, and sweet potato tarts. Details such as how to make lovely, lotus-like napkin folds are illustrated in
"Good Things" sidebars. From the down-home barbecue in a horse arena in Marfa, Texas, to the Polynesian fantasy picnic on
 the beach in Maui, the key to a great party, says Martha, is caring--"about people, originality, the most attractive settings, and
                              lovely, finely honed, time-honored traditions." And let's not forget food.

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Customer Reviews:
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful Get's the juices flowing!, August 20, 2001 By secrethalo (United States)
This review is from: Great Parties: The Best of Martha Stewart Living (Paperback) Now I know that we can't all go to Texas to
have an authentic Tex-Mex fiesta, but the ideas are great none the less. Who care's if no one comes dressed the part? This
book is all about themes. Themes that you can manipulate and call your own. Each party is beautifully photographed and the
recipes are delicious. They even offer her infamous "Good Things" as a sidebar for many of the parties. Don't let the perfection
overwhelm you. This book delievers.

24 of 31 people found the following review helpful Delicious Recipes and Clever Ideas, March 26, 1998 By A Customer
This review is from: Great Parties: The Best of Martha Stewart Living (Paperback) As we all know, Martha can be a bit anal
when it comes to many things, I have to admit I really like her cookbooks. The recipes are easy to follow and most of the time,
tasty. The entertaining ideas are good, however, I've never been able to follow one completely as I simply don't have the time to
do it all. Perhaps if I were a wealthy at-home wife I could...but in that case..wouldn't I have someone do it _for_ me?

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful

well done but not up to old standards, January 1, 2012 By Chris Finklein "Chrisn'Di" (Warrenton, OR USA)
    This review is from: Great Parties: The Best of Martha Stewart Living (Paperback) Ever since Martha's original "Entertaining"
debuted in the early 80's I've been a wanton fan. Many of her subsequent books, including the most recent edition of a fresh
'Entertaining' have proven to be a serious disappointment. Sometimes she gets so wrapped up in the presentation she forgets
there should be more to an expensive cookbook than pictures or impractical suggestions. "Great Parties" leans more to her old
ways and is good in various recommendations but again her recipes are minimal and most of her ideas feature items that are
hard to find - if you can at all - and when you do they are not cheap.This book is an okay starting-ideas book. When you own a
gorgeous multiple acre farm where everything in the way of work is done for you or you have umpteen behind the scenes folks
to make events happen plus money is no object everything works well. Martha needs to tend to every day reality. She can still
offer wonderful ideas and even expensive to produce recipes...

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