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As anyone who has ever hosted a party will know, at some point, every guest will find him or herself standing around the kitchen--maybe grabbing another drink, tasting a dish, or just chatting casually with the host and other guests. That's because the act of gathering around the comfort of a hearth is an age-old tradition, one that unifies a group of people with a home-cooked meal. But, often, a kitchen party--even if it's just a weeknight meal for two--can become overwhelming. There's the mess to deal with, the timing of the dishes, the grocery shopping and much more.
In her first book, TV star and home cook Mary Berg is here to banish any inflated pomp, circumstance, and anxiety surrounding the idea of inviting people into your home. Kitchen Party: Cooking for Those You Love is filled to the brim with family-style favorites for brunches, cocktails, dinners, and special occasions--along with some of Mary's famous baked goods and desserts, of course. You'll find over 100 simple and straightforward recipes that are grand enough for company, yet easy enough to accomplish on a regular Tuesday night. Delight in mouthwatering dishes like Blueberry Cheesecake French Toast Bake with Apple Cinnamon Syrup; Ricotta, Roasted Grape and Hazelnut Tartines; Flank Steak with Horseradish Cream; and Slablova (aka Pavlova for a Crowd). All of Mary's recipes are meant to be plunked down on a table that is groaning under the weight of delicious food and relaxed elbows. And with signature tips and suggested menu pairings for all types of occasions, from Mother's Day Brunch to a Low-Key Bridal Shower, you'll never find yourself short of ideas.
Whether you're cooking for a big crowd of friends or a hosting two-person romantic dinner, Mary is ready to guide you using the warmth and culinary skills that have made her so beloved among home cooks nationwide.