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Friday, November 6, 2009

READ THIS: PARK AVENUE POTLUCK Recipes From New York’s Savviest Hostesses by The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Florence Fabricant

We love the ideas contained in the Park Avenue Potluck books-Peachy Deegan likes to be a tip-top hostess and earlier this week we told you about their latest book:

Earlier, this superstar group published the original, Park Avenue Potluck!  Again, in this edition  the photography is outstanding, the chandeliers Peachy Deegan loves, and the cuisine is fabulously divine.  We love that Courtney Moss and Jennifer Creel are mentioned in this - we love love love Courtney's GlamourpussNYC line that just came out sold at Calypso and Jennifer's sunglasses sold at Bergdorf's  More than just a cookbook, Park Avenue Potluck (Rizzoli New York; ISBN: 978-0-8478-2989-7; $35.00; NOVEMBER 6, 2007) is an unprecedented peek into the dining rooms of New York’s poshest addresses. It offers advice on how to entertain in true New York style with a compilation of recipes, entertaining tidbits, anecdotes, and party-planning advice from celebrated New York party givers, members and friends of The Society of Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). 

Acclaimed food writer and contributing New York Times columnist, Florence Fabricant edits as well as contributes to the book. Through its fundraising events and organizing volunteer committees, The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center supports patient care, research and public education on the importance of early cancer detection and treatment. These altruistic women, who dedicate countless hours, now open up their personal recipe boxes and share their crowd pleasing signature dishes, desserts, and drinks served for holidays, parties, weekend gatherings with friends, and quiet nights at home with their families. 

Beginning with “The Guide,” the ladies go through all the necessary steps of throwing a party, including invitations, setting the table, and serving styles. All of this savvy know- how is accompanied by an indispensable pantry list of items to have on hand at all times - because you should never be caught off guard!   We like the tips for setting the table and the cute placecard holders.  Peachy Deegan learned calligraphy in the 3rd grade (when the other kids were still doing their math- she was done and practiced calligraphy with the math teacher) and love love loves placecards.

A good cocktail can loosen up a crowd, so why not start with a glass of Pond Water, best made with Star Vodka according to Peachy or a San Diego Frozen Margarita? Alternatively, a tall glass of Paris Iced Tea is sure to hit the spot.   Of course at Whom You Know, we love all that we feature in Champagne Wishes so be sure to consult that:  

If a lighter menu is what you’re planning, try a variety of small bites, such as Bruschetta with Pears and Blue Cheese or Scallop Puffs for a Crowd; seasonal soups like Ali’s Chilled Minted Pea Soup or Hearty Lentil Soup will hit the spot; or salads of substance, like Chicken Salad for the Ladies or Pasta Salad with Pesto won’t disappoint the men or the waistline. No “potluck” meal would be complete without a casserole, but innovative tastes like the Martha’s Vineyard Kidney Bean Casserole and the Cheese Grits Souffle give it a whole new spin which will make you pull out the casserole dish more often.  The Park Avenue Pantry is on page 23. Remember to check out Peachy's Pantry to see the specific items that we recommend for use in your cooking endeavors-we really like the California Olive Ranch's%20Pantry  

The main course should be a breeze when you can choose among delectable platters such as Lemony Stuffed Filet of Sole, Melissa McGraw’s Potato Chip Chicken, Aunt Janet’s Perfect Beef Tenderloin, or Cider-Roasted Loin of Pork. Courtney Moss's recipes are on page 128: Spaghetti alle Vongole and page 152 Chicken Scalloppini alla Pizzaiola.  Crowd pleasing sides include colorful Chinese Coleslaw, Summer Corn Salad, and Herbed Orzo with Toasted Pine Nuts. Mindful not to forget the dessert, a variety of sweet-tooth cravings can be met with Dutch Babies with Strawberries, Adult Applesauce, Millionaire Turtles, or Panda Bear Cupcakes (this recipe comes from MSKCC’s Department of Pediatrics). 

And if all of this is simply too overwhelming, sample menus have been provided so that you can pull your party together with ease, elegance, and effervescence. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will provide funding for The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s patient care, research and education programs at Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center. Located in New York City, MSKCC has been consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s top cancer hospitals. Visit their website -   Whom You Know highly recommends Park Avenue Potluck!   A great job by everyone involved!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Florence Fabricant is an experienced food writer who contributes regularly to the New York Times Dining section. She is author of eight cookbooks, including The New York Restaurant Cookbook. The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a volunteer organization founded in 1946, is dedicated to promoting the well-being of patients, supporting cancer research and treatment, and providing public education. Among boldface names contributing are Muffie Potter Aston, Coco Kopelman, Nicole Limbocker, Daisy Soros, Alexis Waller, and Jamee Gregory. The quote from the late Nan Kempner, a prominent national hostess and longtime The Society Board member, is also featured in the book. CREDIT LINE: (© Park Avenue Potluck, Rizzoli New York, 2007); images to be credited on a case-by-case basis. SERIAL RIGHTS are available; please contact Jessica Napp @ 212.287.3436 or PARK AVENUE POTLUCK Florence Fabricant and The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center ISBN: 978-0-8478-2989-7; 272 pages; 75 color illustrations; Hardcover Price: $35.00 US / $44.00 CAN PUBLICATION DATE: NOVEMBER 6, 2007

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