Recipes for Parties: Menus, Flowers, Decor: Everything for Perfect Entertaining
A hip, modern recipe book on mastering the essentials of entertaining, effortlessly presented by two fashionable personalities who love throwing parties.
This inspiring cookbook offers fresh approaches to throwing the perfect get-together, whether it is a brunch, afternoon tea, or outdoor cocktail party. Fashion executive Michael Leva and textile designer Nancy Parker know what it takes to entertain with polish and flair in a short amount of time. This youthful duo provides clever time-saving cheats hidden behind a beautiful presentation. These hosts are everyday cooks who have learned simple culinary tricks by trial and error, ensuring that anyone can give a fabulous party. Ten inspirational gatherings are presented in different locales. The festivities range from a family lunch in the country to a beach picnic and a Moroccan buffet on a New York rooftop. Exquisite shots of an international mix of dishes range from tomato salad with preserved lemon and chive blossoms to ceviche served on silver spoons and green tea Madeleines. Useful tips on such topics as decorative accents and floral arrangements are also discussed in this user-friendly primer on the art of entertaining family and friends.
"Leva has turned his longtime love of hosting celebrations into a glamorous party guide book that he hopes will inspire others, especially those intimidated by the festive process. Written with longtime friend, textile designer Nancy Parker, "Recipes for Parties" features 10 different affairs, from a cocktail party at dusk to a family lunch... The book's decor, a mix of price points ranging from Pottery Barn to West Elm, was simple. Leva used test tube bottles from kids' chemistry sets for flower vases, and rock salt to display hors d'oeuvres. He stressed that creative doesn't mean expensive." "Boston Herald.com
""Michael Leva and Nancy Parker pull together incredible - and doable - recipes and ideas for entertaining in their new book "Recipes for Parties"." Tory Burch blog
"Hosting will be worry-free with "Recipes for Parties" by Michael Leva and Nancy Parker as your guide. Their new book has more than just menus - you'll find suggestions for flowers, invitations and decor. The simple recipes will make you look like a prime-time entertaining guru!" "Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
Nancy Parker runs her own fashion textile design studio in London.
Fashion designer Michael Leva is J. Jill's vice president for Design and Product Development.
Photographer Pieter Estersohn is a frequent contributor to "Elle Decor" and other leading design and travel magazines.
The high-profile New York caterer Serena Bass is the author of "Serena, Food & Stories: Feeding Friends Every Hour of the Day."