(Thank you to Hatchette Book Group for providing this book for my review.)
Grade: A - All ages
From the publisher:
"In KATIE BROWN CELEBRATES, Katie gives readers a reason to host a party every month of the year. From a festive New Year's Eve dinner to a lavish Christmas brunch, from the perfect child's birthday party to a down-home family reunion, readers will delight in Katie's signature approach to making any celebration simply wonderful. With delicious recipes, straightforward craft projects, and tips for casual entertaining, Katie shows how any host can make a delicious meal and create gorgeous ambiance without the hassle. KATIE BROWN CELEBRATES is a must-have for anyone who ever gives--or has ever thought of giving--a party"
This book really is every thing it claims to be -from the glossy full page pictures, to the simple yet elegant recipes. Katie Brown gives us a dinner party to host for every month. Each month has a specific theme which she carries through the recipes and table decorations and setting. Three projects are given for the table layout for each month, and these are all so simple and inexpensive that even I could do them - and that is saying a lot. I do not craft.
The book is very beautiful, I will make sure to keep it out of the kitchen when I am using the recipes though, mine tend to get encrusted in all sorts of unidentifiable substances.
One of the really great things about this book is that the dinners were actually prepared and eaten by Katie and her guests. The pictures of them enjoying the food are fun and natural. (I especially love that Katie is not made-up to within an inch of her life, but is photographed in her natural state - freckles and all.)
I could not, of course, do a review of a cookbook without trying one of the recipes. So, today I made the Honey-spiced almonds to eat on our salad for dinner. The instructions were clear and simple. The ingredients I had on hand. The finished product absolutely delicious.
I am not a professional food photographer, the pictures in the book looked much more appetizing, but here it is anyhow.
And now for the giveaway!
Hatchette Book Group is making available five copies of this beautiful book to my readers! If you would like the chance to be one of the lucky five please folow the rules below for entry:
1. Sorry, as the book ships from the publisher it is only availabe to U.S and Canada address'.
2. For 1 entry simply leave a comment on this post, or e-mail me at: lisalouhoo at msn dot com.
3. If you would like to have 2 entries, and double your chance of winning, become a follower of my blog. I just would love to see all of your faces smiling at me.And then you will be notified of my upcoming giveaways: three more books to come in the near future.(Hint: click on follow this blog on the sidebar.)
4. Contest ends Saturday, November 22, 2008. Entries must be in by midnight MST.
If you can't wait for the contest to end, or don't win a copy, you can buy the book at Powell's.