Another winner from Australian food writer Donna Hay, Instant Entertaining is a modern collection of dishes aimed for home cooks who don’t want to sacrifice style for lack of time. Same clean, crisp design as her other books (after-all, why mess with a winning format), each recipe is accompanied by a full page photograph of the finished dish. Never over-the-top or overly fussy, Hay gives us great presentation ideas that seem fresh and simple and most importantly let the food be the main feature.
Hay has won international acclaim for her contemporary take on classic dishes, she confidently combines ingredients and melds different cuisines with fresh results. Dishes are always easy to prepare with minimal quality ingredients. Instant Entertaining as the title suggest is a collection of recipes, menus and presentation ideas to turn a simple meal into a special occasion in no time at all. The book is divided into logical chapters; weeknights, saturday night, sunday lunch, special occasion, barbecues and brunch and within each chapter she offers theme menu suggestions such as Asian Fusion, Italian Feast, Thai Banquet, Summer Supper and Winter Favorites. With menus from ‘Lazy Lunch’ to Buffet for Twelve (salmon carpaccio with campari dressing; veal roasted in cherry sauce; baked parmesan risotto and a chocolate hazelnut celebration cake) she’s gives us plenty to choose from. Hay’s books are ‘great idea’ books and would be worth buying for those alone, the fact that the recipes are so wonderful is just a bonus.
Categories - Entertaining, Occasions