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How to Host a Dinner Party

by Corey Mintz
Illustrator Steve Murray
Introduction by Sarah Polley

House Of Anansi Press Inc | May 25, 2013 | Paper over Board

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A fun, informative guide to hosting the perfect party every time.

"Every dinner party experience I''ve had in the last ten years at Corey''s has been incredible. But practice really does make perfect and I can now honestly say there is nowhere I''d rather be in the world than at his table ... I can''t begin to express the relief I felt in reading this book and realizing there was a method to his success."
- Sarah Polley, from the introduction

We''ve all been there: twenty minutes before guests arrive, and you''re unsure if you''ve got enough wine, or enough chairs, or whether your friend is a vegetarian or a vegan. Hosting a dinner party is hard, but Corey Mintz can help. For his popular Toronto Star column, "Fed," he has presided over 115 dinner parties, every week opening his home to strangers and friends alike in an effort to perfect the craft of hosting. And in How to Host a Dinner Party, he shares everything he''s learned in a hilarious handbook that will appeal to everyone - from those throwing their first dinner party to seasoned entertainers looking to enhance their skills.

This book guides readers through everything they need to know about hosting, starting with the golden rule - that the goal of a dinner party is to have fun with our friends, not to show off our cooking skills. It will explain why we like to gather for dinner, when we should host, who we should invite, what we should cook, and how we should cook it. Featuring recipes, anecdotes, expert analysis, and an endless bounty of how-to tips, it is the essential guide to perfecting the art of welcoming people into your home.

Format: Paper over Board

Dimensions: 192 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 0.79 in

Published: May 25, 2013

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1770892303

ISBN - 13: 9781770892309

Found in: Entertaining

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How to Host a Dinner Party

How to Host a Dinner Party

by Corey Mintz
Illustrator Steve Murray
Introduction by Sarah Polley

Format: Paper over Board

Dimensions: 192 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 0.79 in

Published: May 25, 2013

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1770892303

ISBN - 13: 9781770892309

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INTRODUCTION 
 by Sarah Polley 
 
 I once had a driving instructor who taught in a way that made every lesson a life lesson. He had a knack for turning the specifics of driving into universal wisdom. One day, as we were driving on a busy Toronto street, I heard a car horn honk and yelped, "What did I do?" 
 "That honk wasn''t for you," he said softly. "You are at a point where you worry too much about what other drivers think about you. You may reach a point where you don''t worry enough. Try to find a balance." 
 For me, the only thing that has replicated the experience of learning so much about life from studying a specific skill is the reading of this book. It teaches you how to create a beautiful experience for the people you care about in the context of a dinner party. But since reading it I find myself applying many of the lessons in this book to my relationships and life in general. Be prepared. Be thoughtful. Listen. Watch for clues on how people are feeling and do what you can to make them feel comfortable, taken care of, and well fed! 
 I first knew Corey Mintz as a teenager, when his idea of cooking came from the back page of our copy of the New Basics Cookbook. The spine of the book was unbroken. On the very last page, in coloured marker, was written "Call Garlic Pepper on Yonge Street. Get them to bring food." It was our only recipe and we used it every night that we didn''t eat Alphagetti. Corey and I lived with each oth
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A fun, informative guide to hosting the perfect party every time.

"Every dinner party experience I''ve had in the last ten years at Corey''s has been incredible. But practice really does make perfect and I can now honestly say there is nowhere I''d rather be in the world than at his table ... I can''t begin to express the relief I felt in reading this book and realizing there was a method to his success."
- Sarah Polley, from the introduction

We''ve all been there: twenty minutes before guests arrive, and you''re unsure if you''ve got enough wine, or enough chairs, or whether your friend is a vegetarian or a vegan. Hosting a dinner party is hard, but Corey Mintz can help. For his popular Toronto Star column, "Fed," he has presided over 115 dinner parties, every week opening his home to strangers and friends alike in an effort to perfect the craft of hosting. And in How to Host a Dinner Party, he shares everything he''s learned in a hilarious handbook that will appeal to everyone - from those throwing their first dinner party to seasoned entertainers looking to enhance their skills.

This book guides readers through everything they need to know about hosting, starting with the golden rule - that the goal of a dinner party is to have fun with our friends, not to show off our cooking skills. It will explain why we like to gather for dinner, when we should host, who we should invite, what we should cook, and how we should cook it. Featuring recipes, anecdotes, expert analysis, and an endless bounty of how-to tips, it is the essential guide to perfecting the art of welcoming people into your home.

About the Author

Corey Mintz hosts dinner parties in his home every week for his popular Toronto Star column, "Fed." Before that he was a restaurant critic. And before that he worked for a living, as a cook. In the past two years, he has hosted 115 dinner parties. He began without napkins or stemware, serving wine out of Nutella jars. But after hosting politicians, artists, academics, monkeys, librarians, chefs, sommeliers, cops, lawyers, psychologists, a spy, a forager, a rabbi, a gambler, a drug addict, and a mayor, he''s become a pro.

Steve Murray is a columnist, cartoonist, and illustrator for the National Post. He has a weekly illustrated column called "Extremely Bad Advice." His illustrations have appeared in the Globe and Mail, New York magazine, and Canadian Business magazine, as well as on CBC.ca. He lives in Toronto.

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