Kitchen Revelry: A Year of Festive Menus from My Home to Yours

Hardcover | September 10, 2013

byAli Larter

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A month-by-month culinary scrapbook that brings out the reveler in every home cook

Ali Larter is a busy actress, well known for her roles on the NBC show Heroes and in movies such as Varsity Blues and Legally Blonde. But when not on set, she is usually throwing a dinner party or entertaining at home. In fact, Ali has been cooking and entertaining all her life, and in an instant, she can whip together a wonderful meal, whether it's for a family Sunday brunch, a spontaneous Super Bowl party, or an elegant (but not stuffy) New Year's Eve dinner. Her parties seem effortless, but it hasn't always been that easy for her. In fact, at Ali's first dinner party, she made the common rookie mistake of putting too much pressure on herself to make things perfect. Needless to say, with hungry guests, a burned hand, a broken air conditioner, and a mouse scampering across her fourth-floor New York City walk-up, the night ended in disaster.

Through the years of trial and error, Ali has learned that while looking effortless takes some effort, cooking is not about being perfect-it's about having a great time! And now she's eager to share her passion and knowledge for cooking, collecting her favorite go-to menus into this wonderful cookbook: from her jalapeño cheddar cornbread to crab pots with lemon caper dip, lamb chop lollipops, strawberry mint cake, and for thirsty revelers, her eucalyptus gin martinis.

Ali's mouthwatering recipes and inspiring party ideas are broken down by month so you can take her lead through the seasons with celebrations such as an October Harvest Party, a January Detox, and a July Americana BBQ. Brimming with charm, beautiful and intimate photos, and Ali's personal touch as a perfectly disheveled, sassy, effortless host, Kitchen Revelry will enliven and inspire your celebrations for years to come.

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A month-by-month culinary scrapbook that brings out the reveler in every home cookAli Larter is a busy actress, well known for her roles on the NBC show Heroes and in movies such as Varsity Blues and Legally Blonde. But when not on set, she is usually throwing a dinner party or entertaining at home. In fact, Ali has been cooking and en...

ALI LARTER is an actress and year-round reveler. She lives in Los Angeles, where she hosts her ritual dinner parties and legendary get-togethers. Ali shares her celebrations with her husband, Hayes MacArthur; her son, Teddy; Jackpot, the shepherd; and Ella, the wheaton. For nearly twenty years, AMY NEUNSINGER'S photography has defined...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.37 × 7.7 × 0.96 inPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250036356

ISBN - 13:9781250036353

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Cooking School

Vodka Martini with Cerignola Olive


Classic French Omelet

Shallot Vinaigrette with Simple Salad

Roasted Chicken

Turkey Braciole

New York Steak with Herb Butter

Ricotta Meatballs with Chianti Sauce

Cauliflower-Reggiano Puree

German Chocolate Cupcakes

Savoring the Last Bites of Summer

Agua Fresca

Shrimp with Feta and Mint

Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam

Balsamic Fig Chutney


Harvest Party

Pinot Noir

Butternut soup with crispy sage

Kale salad with pecorino and truffle vinaigrette

Short ribs with grated horseradish

Cauliflower reggiano puree

Apple crostata with Aged Gouda

Full Moon Party

Oak leaf lettuce Salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Largered Turkey Chili

Jalapeno cheddar skillet cornbread with maple syrup drizzle

Spiked Hot Chocolate


Out of Town Guest

Ginger carrot muffins

Skillet Eggs with smoked bacon and spinach

Berries with yogurt and mint

Espresso affogato

Friends Thanksgiving

Butternut squash soup

Kale salad with pecorino and truffle vinaigrette

Herb buttered turkey with clementines

Cranberries with orange zest

Buttermilk mashed potatoes

Rustic Sausage and fennel stuffing

Green bean casserole with wild mushrooms

Pumpkin pie with gingersnap cookie crust

Next Day Turkey Soup


Tree Trimming Cocktail Party

Eucalyptus gin Martinis


Pancetta gougeres

Endive spears with truffle honey

Dark chocolate fondue with kettle chips

Candy cane crunch cookies

New Year's Eve Dinner

Champagne and Buttery Chardonnays

Fondue with Sunchokes

Crab pots with Lemon Aioli

Champagne lobster risotto

Winter lettuces topped pomegranate seeds

Port wine poached pears



Beet and carrot juice

Green juice with lemon

Pineapple, cucumber, coconut water and mint

Arugula with Beets and Blood Oranges

Carrot ginger soup

Almond milk, dates, cinnamon and nutmeg

Almond meal cookies

Lavender and Lime Salt Scrub

Ylang Ylang Sugar Scrub

Exotic Supper

Chai tea latte

Warm spiced olives

Carrots with Savory Yogurt

Moroccan Tagine with preserved lemons

Apricot couscous

Vegan chocolate truffles


Couples Valentines


Caesar salad with homemade croutons

Gourmet pizzas

Dark chocolate fondue with strawberries

Super Bowl

Bloody Mary Bar

Stilton Dip with Crisp Celery

Goat Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

Chicken Cheesesteaks with Caramelized Onions and Fennel

Good Girl Gone Bad Cookie Shakes


Movie Night Meals

Tlapeno soup

Sizzling Brown rice bowls

Eggplant towers with ground lamb and yogurt sauce

Filet with Au Poivre Sauce

Nutella macaroons

Slumber Party

Whiskey Sours

Buttermilk ranch wedge

Kettle chip and crème fraiche baked onion rings

Ultimate Whiskey Bacon cheeseburger

Macadamia nut cookies (Candy Cane crunch with different flavors)


Alfresco Lunch

Blush Lemonade

Baby Mac's Organic Granola

Spring Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Fresh Mint

Ficelle Sandwiches with Roasted Turkey, Brie, and Fig Chutney

Spring Clothing Swap

Sauvignon Blanc


Mushroom medley on olive crostini

Mache with truffle vinaigrette

Scallops with jalapeno on purple sticky rice


Earth Mother Brunch

Peppermint and Lemon Verbena Tea

White Peach Bellini

Crudités with Arugula Pesto

Crostini with Smashed Pea Puree and Pecorino

Lump Crab in Lettuce Cups

Leek and Asparagus Crustless Quiche

Triple Berry Buttermilk Upside Down Cake

Bar Was a Bust

Goat Cheese with Olive Tapenade

Spinach Salad with Pancetta Vinaigrette

Roasted Tomato Linguine

Lemon Sgroppino


Wine Tasting

French Wines



Butter Lettuce with Shallot Vinaigrette

Bouillabaisse with Saffron Aioli Crostini

Plum Tarte Tatin

El Diablo

Jalapeño Margarita

Guacamole Salsa

Poblano Chorizo Quesadillas

Mahi Mahi Tacos with Nectarine Salsa

Slaw with Toasted Pepitas

Tequila-Marinated Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon


Americana BBQ

Tequila, lime agave and club soda

Colorful heirlooms with crumbled bleu

French Potato salad

BBQ chicken with Jersey peach BBQ sauce

Grilled asparagus and Portobello mushroom

Corn of the cob with herb butter

Blueberry crumble and vanilla ice cream

Dusk on the Patio


Halibut with romesco sauce and fingerling potatoes

Zucchini carpaccio with manchego

Berries with spiked whip


Midsummer Night's Dream

Rosé Champagne with Vodka-Infused Raspberries

Fig ,Mascarpone, and Prosciutto Crostini

Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Bruschetta

Ratatouille with Reggiano

Lamb Chop Lollipops

Strawberry Mint Cake

Tuesday Night No Reason

Tsing Tao

Lime Cup Shooters

BLTs with Burrata and Pickled Onions

Melon Gazpacho



Editorial Reviews

"Kitchen Revelry is a perfect reflection of that quintessential dinner party--all your favorite friends at one table, toasts made with perfectly concocted cocktails, and conversations that are as savored as the cuisine itself. If anyone knows how to throw that party, it's Ali! Congrats on a beautiful book." -Giada De Laurentiis"As I read through the pages of Kitchen Revelry, I began to smile as well as get extremely hungry. I started imagining which friends I would cook which dishes for. Ali's ideas and recipes are fun, well explained, and easy to perfectly execute, taking the stress out of the whole process leaving you to not only host your party but enjoy it as well, which is the point after all, isn't it!" -Johnny Iuzzini, James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and author of Dessert Fourplay