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Prepare for the winter holidays with Williams-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining by Georgeanne Brennan, featuring recipes like Antipasto Platter (Three Variations); Leek Soup with Pancetta and Bread Crumbs; and Baked Ham with Spiced Cider Glaze.

Cookbook Profile

Williams-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining

by Georgeanne Brennan


The holidays are just around the corner, and you know what that means? Soon you will be knee-deep in the details surrounding your family gathering, office party, or friendly soiree. Williams-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining is filled with creative decorating and serving ideas, stunning full-color photographs, and complete menus for 16 holiday occasions. Brennan, an award-winning food writer, provides clever twists on holiday classics such as Roast Turkey Seasoned with Sage, Baked Ham with Spiced Cider Glaze, Gingered Cranberries, and Pumpkin Pie with Walnut Crust.

Packed with over 125 festive recipes, inspirational styling ideas, helpful information on planning and decorating, and stunning lifestyle photography, Williams-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining offers a fresh approach to celebrating the season. With a family-friendly focus, this 288-page guide inspires you to entertain during the holidays, with advice on how to plan, what to serve, and ways to make your celebration—and table—memorable.

The book begins with a comprehensive and visually rich section on planning and decorating for the holidays. Sixteen suggested menus offer a full range of occasions for winter entertaining, from a holiday brunch or cocktail party to a fireside fondue party.

Next, there are three occasion-driven chapters dedicated to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. Each chapter illustrates a celebration and includes a detailed planning spread, a how-to idea for a centerpiece, plus additional inspirations for seasonal style, such as ways to make holiday place settings special and how to decorate with candles.

The recipes are organized into eight chapters: drinks, hors d'oeuvres, soups & salads, mains, sides, desserts, breakfasts, and gifts from the kitchen. In addition to favorite classic reciipes, there are also seasonally themed specialties, like a Mojito Peppermint Fizz, Fresh Cracked Crab with Chili Dipping Sauce, and Blood Orange Granita.

About the Author

Georgeanne Brennan is an award-winning author of cooking and gardening books, including Williams-Sonoma Eating by Color and Williams-Sonoma Entertaining: Cocktail Parties. She lives in Northern California and Provence, where she runs a seasonal cooking school.


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