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Cookbook Review: Park Avenue Potluck

Updated on October 20, 2007

Do you love to entertain in style? Are you interested in peeking inside the well-appointed kitchens of some of the most posh addresses on Park Avenue? If so, Park Avenue Potluck: Recipes from New York's Savviest Hostesses is the cookbook for you. Edited by New York Times columnist Florence Fabricant, the book is a collection of recipes, party planning suggestions, and entertaining tips from Fabricant and other New Yorkers associated with The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

What You'll Find in Park Avenue Potluck

Park Avenue Potluck contains more than 100 recipes appropriate for all types of social events, family gatherings, and elegant dinners at home. Like many fundraising cookbooks, this publication is an elegant work based on contributions of time and talent from numerous volunteer committee members. The recipes are varied, and represent the favorites of those who contributed to the book.

As all great hostesses know, the secret of hosting an outstanding event lies in the details. Park Avenue Potluck includes much more than just instructions for preparing tasty and elegant dishes. The stunning photography showcases the art of presentation. The recipes and party planning suggestions represent personal favorites from a wide variety of individuals. As a reader, you get to enjoy the best-of-the best from the kitchens from some of the most prestigious addresses in the United States.

Special Occasion Preparation

No matter what type of event you are preparing for, you'll find appropriate recipes in Park Avenue Potluck. There are great recipe ideas for cocktail hours, ladies' luncheons, afternoon teas, hearty dinners, holiday special occasions, and any other events you might need to plan.

Recipe Highlights:

  • Pond Water: This is a delightful and unusual cocktail contributed by Anne Grauso that features sugar, vodka, limoncello, lime juice, and other ingredients.
  • Warm Spinach and Boursin Cheese Dip: If you enjoy boursin cheese, you will adore this elegant and simple-to-prepare appetizer recipe contributed by Patsy Warner.
  • Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole: Much more elegant than a simple sweet potato pie, this unique casserole recipe contributed by Meile Rockerfeller uses fresh sweet potatoes, tart apples, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, apple cider, black pepper, and lemon juice.
  • Cheese Grits Souffle: Event though grits are a southern staple, thanks to Laura Yaggy, this wonderful recipe made it into Park Avenue Potluck. If you've never tried grits, you're in for a pleasant surprise when you make this delightful dish.

Fundraiser for The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Park Avenue Potluck will go to The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's patient care, research, and education programs at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, which is the oldest and largest private cancer center in the world.

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