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Do-Ahead Dinners
Do-Ahead Dinners

Do-Ahead Dinners

How to Feed Friends and Family Without the Frenzy


240 Pages, 7.5 x 9.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $32.95 (US $32.95) (CA $39.95)

Publication Date: November 2013

ISBN 9781862059979

Rights: US & CA

Pavilion Books Group (Nov 2013)

Price: $32.95


A range of 150 fresh, creative recipes that can all be made ahead at a leisurely pace, so that cooks aren't holed up in the kitchen, playing chef, instead of sitting at the table playing hostCooking for groups can be a stressful operation, yet at his supper club, The Secret Larder, James Ramsden has built a reputation for creating exciting, trendy, tasty food without the gaga gourmet, while being able to maintain a relaxed and sociable presence amongst the guests. This is because he prepares the majority of his food ahead. In this book, James offers an exciting array of stress-free, inexpensive recipes that can be prepared ahead and served up without a fuss so that the cook can be with their guests, not stuck in the kitchen. Do-ahead cooking need not be limited to hotpots and pies; James' innovative recipes include Scotch Quail Eggs with Homemade Brown Sauce, Fennel Soup with Brown Shrimp and Dill, Pig Cheek Salad with Pickled Shallot and Buttermilk Dressing, Rhubarb Crumble Ice Cream, and Raspberry Gin and Tonic. The recipes are not exclusively for entertaining—many double-up as easy after-work suppers.

Author Biography

James Ramsden has written about food and cooking for the Financial Times, the Guardian, London Evening Standard, Sainsbury's Magazine, the Times, and many others. His supper club, The Secret Larder, is one of the most popular in London and was described by one journalist as "harder to get into than the Ivy." He is the author of Small Adventures in Cooking.