Friday, June 21, 2013

You Should Get This Book

Fayme recently got a book at the library that I found really interesting.
Forking Fantastic!, by Zora O’Neill and Tamara Reynolds (ISBN: 978-592-40505-3), is labeled to Put the Party back in Dinner Party, with more than 50 recipes for Plate-Licking, Crowd-Pleasing Home Cooking.

Essentially, this book is about the dinner parties the two authors put on in their New York homes and how you too, can put on fantastic dinner parties of your own.

Kinda sounds a little goofy, doesn’t it?

Actually, it’s cool as hell.

While the book has great recipes and wonderful advice on how to cook for a number of people and put on a great little event, the best advice they have is to cheerfully have at it, git ‘er done, Just Do It! Have a glass of wine, turn up the music, and start cooking.

The authors celebrate locally grown, seasonal vegetables but they aren’t so stuck up that they don’t have recipes with boxed cornbread mix or frozen peas. Ham with Bourbon-Brown Sugar Glaze is for those inexpensive holiday hams everyone puts on sale but there is also Leg of Lamb with Pomegranate Molasses if you want to get fancy. Really, folks, there are some great recipes in this book and they run from basic comfort food that just about anyone will like to fancier,  more advanced recipes that just about anyone will like.

If you know me you know that I always cook too much. You also know that I love to cook for people but rarely get the chance to do it.

I’m hoping that our new home in Lucerne Valley will make it easier for us to put on some dinner parties or lunch parties. All we need to do is get the place a little more straightened out from the chaos of moving, figure out who will come all the way out here to eat with us, and Just Do It!

FYI, the authors of the book also have a website, Forking Fantastic. It’s pretty good, take a look. You can even order their book directly from them, thus bypassing the evil empire that is

And if you start putting on dinner parties of your own… why, yes… I am free that night. Thank you very much.

Thanks for reading!