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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Easy Entertaining for Beginners is one of those books that everyone can use. The inexperienced host will appreciate the detailed steps to preparing the meal and the menu which pairs foods that go together. The experienced entertainer will appreciate the great recipes and the way Mendez simplifies the planning stage.
The color photos are fantastic. Too many cookbooks leave out the photos or use poor quality ones. The cover of this book has candles, shrimp, and margaritas. The colors are bright.
I must begin this review though by stating that I live in a small, rural town. The county is dry, and most people would not consider serving alcoholic beverages in their home. My first thought was-- why so much alcohol? However, moving on to the food the recipes in chapter 3 sounds delicious, but when serving in-laws, I prefer to keep it simple.
Chapter 4 was my favorite. Tea with friends is always fun. The recipes are wonderful. I could not wait to try several. All were easy and delicious. I refuse to allow my girls to look at the chapter on Mother’s Day Brunch. I am afraid they would try it, and I hate fish! Each chapter includes a menu and a systematic checklist. I really like the checklist. Patricia Mendez includes useful items to have on hand and an index. Overall, I like this cookbook. There are several recipes that I have not tried yet that are tempting my taste buds.