My addiction has been going strong for several months now and I can't seem to break its grip. It's called Come Dine With Me. It's a television program in the UK where 4 or 5 strangers have a dinner party competition. They each take a turn at hosting their best dinner party. Fussy food, cooking tips, lots of vino, dinner table spats - it's compulsive viewing. The prize is £1,000. (Now that would buy a lot of cookbooks!)
The recession and Come Dine With Me have influenced people to entertain at home more these days. If you're a dinner party diva, you will be pleased to know that help is at hand. It's called Meals in Heels by Jennifer Joyce.
published by Murdoch Books (2010), £12.99
This is a fantastic cookbook for those who like to entertain. Not only are the recipes impressive, but the dinner party advice is indispensable. The author, Jennifer Joyce, is a professional food writer, stylist and chef. She is a regular contributor to British food magazines. She knows her stuff.
The "Getting Started" chapter which opens the book will get your dinner party off on a good footing. Advice for creating the perfect menu, determining the right amount of food to make, and food styling tips will help make your dinner party a wild success.
Recipes which will make you click your heels include:
- West Indies Chicken with Mango Salsa
- Mini Beef Wellingtons
- Sugar-rubbed Pork with Bourbon and Maple Glaze
- Green Beans with Sticky Soy Cashews
Meals in Heels will definitely help you entertain in style. Now put on your heels and get busy.