Williams-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining

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Cookbook review of Williams Sonoma Holiday Entertaining plus sample recipes

OK, the folks around our office are starting to get tired of hearing me rave about what a great book this is. But it's true. Everything you need to get by with style from Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Years is in these pages.

The thoroughness is especially impressive, coupled with beautiful photography and production value and you've got an heirloom volume that families will turn to during the holidays generation after generation.

Of course there are great recipes - this is from Williams Sonoma after all. You'll find over 120 delicious stress free recipes for everything from appetizers and party hors d'oeuvres, to impressive elegant holiday dinner main courses, to reputation making desserts, to thoughtful gifts you can make in your own kitchen. Not just for formal occasions, the author also widely includes recipes for casual holiday get togethers, quick lunches and even breakfasts and brunches.

Not just recipes, there's also extensive information, tips and ideas for elegant table settings, centerpieces, party favors and decorations, party planning tips and lists, and holiday menus for just about any occasion from cookie exchanges, to holidays cocktail parties and teas, to festive Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's dinners.

If you're a beginner, this book will make you an expert. If your past parties have been lackluster, you'll learn lots of practical new ways to make them memorable events. Even very experienced hosts and hostesses are sure to find new tips, tricks and recipes to add to their entertaining repertoires. Highly recommended.