The dinner party project A no-stress guide to food with friends

Natasha Feldman

Book - 2023

A cooking show host and private chef shares the secrets to throwing fun, no-stress gatherings through recipes for every mood and cooking comfort level, menu suggestions, and tips and tricks for taking the pressure off of hosting.

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New York, NY : Harvest, an imprint of William Morrow [2023]
Main Author
Natasha Feldman (author)
Other Authors
Alana Kysar, 1985- (photographer), Becky (Illustrator) Simpson (illustrator)
First edition
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xxxi, 237 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Friendsday Wednesday: Or How I Became a (Dinner) Partier
  • How to Make a Dinner Party: The Basics
  • Menus
  • How to Navigate Each Recipe
  • Cocktails
  • Agua Fresca
  • Sparkling Ginger Limeade
  • Campari Lemonade
  • Xtra-Limey Piña Colada
  • Paper Plane
  • Negroni
  • Extra-Fun French 75
  • Manhattan
  • Not-So-Sweet Strawberry Daiquiri
  • The Versatile Margarita
  • Noshes/Apps
  • Snackies-by Aristotle
  • Spiced Herby Yogurt Sauce
  • Fancy Marinated Olives with Warm Feta
  • Hot Dog Soup (but Really Sausage)
  • Athena's Dip Situation
  • Lemony Paprika Lentil Soup
  • Cheese Board Cheese Chat
  • Radishes Dipped in Honey-Fennel Butter
  • Ridiculously Smooth and Hilariously Easy Hummus
  • Smoked Paprika Potato Crisps with Aioli
  • Tart Apple Butternut Squash Soup
  • Mains
  • Roasted Tomato and Burrata Eggplant Parm
  • Braised Garlicky Eggplant with Chickpeas and Tomatoes
  • Be-Your-Own-Bubbe (BYOB) Jewish Brisket
  • Cacio e Pepe Mac and Cheese
  • Cozy Winter Night Borscht
  • Pan-Crisped Sausage with Lemon Herb Veggies
  • Diner-Style Smash Burgers
  • Peel 'n' Eat Shrimp with "I'd Eat This on a Shoe" Basil Dipping Magic
  • Foolproof Lemon and Fennel Branzino
  • Glorious Spicy Sausage Pasta
  • Juicy Kofta with Lemon Coriander Yogurt
  • Pan-Seared Salmon for Any Mood
  • Crispy-Crispy Turkey Thighs with Caramelized Onion Jam
  • Rigatoni with Confit Tomatoes and Burrata
  • Perfect Seared Rib Eye
  • Veggie Pot Pie with Parm and Black Pepper Phyllo
  • Your New Favorite Herby Meatballs
  • Salads/Sides
  • A Simple Bistro Salad
  • That Salad with the Herby Dressing (a.k.a. A Chopped Salad)
  • Carole King Salad
  • Roasted Carrot Babies
  • Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
  • Super-Crunchy Green Salad
  • Andy-Approved Kale Salad
  • Fluffy Everything Pita Clouds
  • Garlicky Cabbage with Whole-Grain Mustard
  • Golden Coconut and Apricot Rice
  • Brown Rice That Doesn't Suck
  • Latke-Style Smashed Potatoes with Dilly Crème Fraîche
  • Charred Lemon Broccolini
  • Roasted Squash with Sage Yogurt
  • Olive Oil-Drenched Sourdough
  • Party Pesto
  • Roasted Veg Parade
  • Shallot Compote Green Beans
  • Veg Stock
  • A Very Adult Salad (a.k.a. Grapies and Greenies)
  • World's Best Oven Fries with Parsley and Parm
  • Honey-Drizzled Zucchini Fritters
  • Pizza Night
  • Same-Day Dough
  • Spicy Soppressata Pizza
  • Wine-Drunk Onion and Fennel Pizza
  • Pizza Sprinkles™!
  • Tacos Get Their Own Chapter
  • Fish-Fry Tacos with Smoky Mayo
  • Smoky Spicy Seared Fish Tacos
  • Sort-of-Kind-of Cochinita Pibii
  • Smoky Chipotie Mayo
  • Avocado Crema
  • Quickled Onions
  • Honey-Jalapeño Black Beans
  • Breakfast for Dinner
  • Bagels and Lox with Homemade Cream Cheese
  • Anything Goes Buttermilk Pancakes and Crispy Oven Bacon
  • A Frittata for All Seasons
  • Sweet Things
  • Babka-ish Monkey Bread
  • Clara's Coffee Cake
  • Brown Butter and Sage RKTs
  • Oops, I Forgot Dessert! Choco-Dipped Fruit
  • Churro Hot Chocolate
  • Orange Dream Granita
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Lemon Cake
  • Not Your Grandma's Pinwheel Cookies
  • Juicy Fruit Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta
  • Pink Lemonade Bars
  • Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting
  • Floofy Funfetti Cake
  • Rainbow Cookie Icebox Cake
  • The Messiest Ice Cream Sundaes
  • Thin Mint Pudding Pie
  • Acknowledgments
  • Tools for Your Kitchen
  • Common Ingredients
  • Index
Review by Booklist Review

Fans of Feldman's YouTube show Nosh with Tash will feel right at home with her first cookbook, which encourages the return of the dinner party. Recipe titles that will make readers giggle are only the first trick she uses in dispelling any potential hosting anxiety. Helpful yet witty guides and charts walk planners through a variety of considerations, like menus, timelines, and style. Once you've settled on a vibe, you head to the recipes, which are diverse in flavor and fit into a variety of menus, including vegetarian. A font of tips and tricks, Natasha continues to put beginners at ease with an encouraging tone, while kitchen vets will love the book's bright design and smart choices (e.g., ingredients listed in chronological order). Everyone will love the adorable little illustrations, sprinkled throughout, that demonstrate culinary skills. The Dinner Party Project won't disappoint: readers will have so much fun in the kitchen, they may have trouble knowing when the planning/prep ends and the party begins.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Library Journal Review

Dinner parties can be wonderful, but they're usually fraught with anxiety and involve a great deal of work. Feldman, who has a YouTube cooking show called Nosh with Tash, posits that dinner parties are so important that they should be part of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. But how does anyone throw dinner parties when everyone has busy lives and essentially no time to spare? Feldman offers three paths: going solo, group cooking, or potluck. Her book includes cartoony flowcharts, various menus, and lots and lots of inviting, tasty recipes. All aspects of party food are covered--drinks, appetizers, veggies, mains, and desserts. The intro gives advice about picking and planning, along with good kitchen hints like how to read a recipe. The point of the book is that dinner parties are important social activities and most of all should be fun. It is easy, reading this, to imagine three or four friends in the kitchen dividing the work and enjoying each other's company before the event. VERDICT Feldman's first cookbook is fun to read and should be even more fun to cook from.--Danise Hoover

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