The author of Domestic Bliss (of which Elle Decoration said:'Makes home time fun and brings out the happy hostess in even the most diehard career woman') turns her talents to cooking and entertaining. Some may want to spend hours slaving over a stove but Rita believes that you should keep things simple. While you do of course want to serve delicious food (and within these pages readers will find clever ideas for essential dishes no chic cook will want to be without), the way you serve your guests tells them as much about how pleased you are to see them as the number of hours you spend in the kitchen. This is a book about entertaining as a whole - and entertaining for Rita is as much about how to create the right atmosphere, the most sensible way to shop and the most stylish way of presenting your food as it is about cooking. Chapters cover breakfasts, simple suppers, dinner parties, celebrations, catering for children, eating outdoors, picnics, puddings, coffee and (most importantly) treats, and each one finishes with a few, stunningly simple recipe ideas that anyone can cook. Stylishly designed with retro artwork, this book will strike a chord with Rita fans everywhere and add sparkle to all our lives.
"will delight anyone whose heart plummets at the thought of cooking"
`When we read Rita Kong on domestic bliss in Vogue - and we always do - we recognise a woman who understands that now not everybody knows how to do basic stuff; clean, maintain. And we think she's on to something in Rita's Culinary Trickery, her nifty book about entertaining, not so much in the recipes (though they are dandy) as in asking basic questions about how to give and have a good time, how to be a good host and guest. Crucial - because we don't know how to behave, yet we don't want to be told. She says wisely that etiquette isn't important, manners are.
`If your `sophisticated' soirees end with burnt saucepans and a flood of tears, you'll love Konig's no-nonsense guide to entertaining. Full of sneaky short cuts and tips for chic and cheerful eating, it will banish the spectre of dinner-party disaster once and for all.`
`When it comes to entertaining children, the `trickery' is at it's best. Give children a small but full glass of fizzy drink rather than a large but almost empty one, for example. This is ultimately about successful entertaining - so make a piñata and have fun!'
"A hcet's guide for a yound, would-be hostess...Pink and pretty, this book will get a novice over a first dinner party and contains some easy and stylish tips"