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Diner à La Maison: A Parisian's Guide to Cooking and Entertaining at Home

Diner à La Maison: A Parisian's Guide to Cooking and Entertaining at Home

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From the publisher

The French dinner party is the ideal of entertaining chic: the style of the host, the quality of the food and wine, and the beauty of the setting. With this creative and invaluable book, Laurent Buttazzoni--renowned French architect, gourmand, and celebrated host of delightful dinner parties in Paris--shares his tried and true elements for Parisian entertaining. Dispelling the myths of expense and complexity that can intimidate hosts, Diner à la Maison is a guide to shopping, cooking, and entertaining the Parisian way. 

Led by beautiful color photographs made in the author's home, the boil covers the fundamental ingredients for the pantry, followed by a guide to pairing 42 menus with its own décor and table setting. From weekday hits to weekend entertaining, seasonal events, and holiday parties, each menu is accompanied by ideas for a decoration theme.

For weeknight gathering, Buttazzoni offers simple seasonal dishes such as Watercress Soup and French Macaroni and Cheese or Rack of Lamb with Pan Juices, Green Tabbouleh, and Lemon Tart.  For a more formal dinner party a menu of Belgian Endive Salad with Pears and Blue Cheese, Duck Breast à l'Orange, and Honey Glazed Turnips or Poule au Pot, Poached Vegetables, and a luscious Berry Trifle.

With a candid guide to shopping for everything from good-quality groceries to eclectic tableware, as well as creative tips on the details that make any dinner party a success (pop your champagne in the freezer before guests arrive!)--and with an introduction by style icon Sofia Coppola--this book is an essential tool for all those who want to receive family and friends at home.

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From Chef Scott

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"Diner à La Maison: A Parisian's Guide to Cooking and Entertaining at Home" by Laurent Buttazorri is an exquisite culinary gem that brings the elegance and flair of Parisian dining into the heart of home kitchens. This book is a masterful celebration of the art of French cooking and entertaining, presented with the charm and sophistication that only a true Parisian could offer.

From the moment you open the book, Buttazorri welcomes you into a world where cooking and entertaining are not just activities but an expression of love and art. His passion for Parisian cuisine and culture shines through every page, making the reader feel as if they are strolling through the streets of Paris, ready to host their own chic dinner party.

Buttazorri's recipes are a delightful blend of classic and contemporary French cuisine, each dish crafted with precision and care. The book is beautifully organized into sections that cover every aspect of a dinner party, from appetizers and main courses to desserts and cocktails. The recipes are not only mouthwateringly delicious but also surprisingly approachable, making even the most sophisticated dishes accessible to home cooks.

What sets "Diner à La Maison" apart is Buttazorri's emphasis on the experience of entertaining. He offers invaluable advice on setting the mood, decorating the table, and creating an ambiance that perfectly complements the meal. His tips on wine pairings, music selection, and conversation starters are thoughtful and insightful, ensuring that every dinner party is a memorable and enjoyable experience for both the host and guests.

The photography in the book is stunning, capturing the essence of Parisian chic and the beauty of each dish. The images not only serve as a visual guide but also as inspiration, encouraging readers to present their meals with the same care and elegance.

Buttazorri also shares stories and anecdotes about life in Paris, adding a personal and intimate touch to the book. These glimpses into Parisian life enrich the recipes and tips, making "Diner à La Maison" as much a cultural journey as it is a culinary one.

The book's practical approach to cooking and entertaining is particularly commendable. Buttazorri understands that not everyone is a seasoned chef or party planner, so he ensures that his guidance is practical, clear, and supportive. This approach makes the art of French cooking and entertaining seem not only achievable but also immensely enjoyable.

This book is a celebration of the joys of cooking, hosting, and enjoying good company, all wrapped up in the elegance and charm of Paris. Whether you're a novice cook or an experienced host, Buttazorri's guide will inspire you to create unforgettable dining experiences in your own home.