If you have always wanted to know how to make cocktails and delicious party food but are clueless about cooking and get separation anxiety when you spend too much time away from your sofa, then The Lazy Hostess by Babe Scott is the book for you.
Who am I? And what on earth is this book? Quite simply, I'm the laziest ho in the entire universe, especially when it comes to entertaining. And yet, I have a knack for throwing soirées that are wildly successful, at least when measured in laughter, liters of wine, and memories I can hold my friends to ransom with. I'm not a chef, nor do I have any culinary credentials, but I do know how to feed the hungry hordes while barely lifting a finger or breaking the budget. And, more importantly, I've worked out how to have one hell of a good time. (Number one rule: A happy hostess makes for a happy occasion!)
I've always loved to entertain. Even back when I couldn't cook without risk to life and limb, I was an entertaining queen. I would warn guests that they should don non-flammable clothing, but they still came in droves and talked about my soirées for years afterward in terms that would make Martha Stewart greener than the Grinch. Since those days, I've learned how to make party food that doesn't look like it's been charred in Chernobyl and have developed enough skill in the kitchen that I can manage to put something together to satisfy most palates and occasions.
Although I'm no longer on a first-name basis with the local fire brigade (a shame because they are total stud muffins) and my friends no longer brush up on their first aid before coming over for cocktails and canapés, I'm still a slatternly bitch when it comes to the stovetop. For me, it's about cooking to love, not loving to cook. I don't want to spend a cent more or a second longer in the kitchen than I have to. And I don't want to make anything so complicated that I can't throw it together while watching a Mexican telenovela and swigging my favorite Chardonnay with a girlfriend.
This book is for domestically challenged divas who have always dreamed of entertaining but who weren't born with the cooking gene and for whom the thought of asking friends over inspires panic attacks. Help is finally at hand for you, my cocktail-swilling sisters. The Lazy Hostess will show you how to make cocktails and mouthwatering party food without an ounce of perspiration or even exasperation.
This is not one of those impossibly posh cocktail party recipe books that will have you suffering from ingredient-fatigue and reaching for a cocktail the size of South Beach before you've even taken up your tea towel. Being a cocktail party queen is not about making complicated canapés or searching high and low to find fussy ingredients. If your friends want to eat edible flowers, they can help themselves to the vase.
The Lazy Hostess takes the fear out of food and puts the fun back in, letting you woo the world with your "HOspitality." It puts the curve back into cooking and the froufrou into frugal. The Lazy Hostess makes entertaining stress-free with recipes so easy a child could make them. And every dish is made with inexpensive ingredients you can buy at your corner grocer. It recognizes that food is just an accessory. Let's face it — entertaining is mostly an excuse to put on our Sunday best and play the siren rather than sweating it out over the stovetop.
This book aims to be a saucy girlfriend in ink, one that will be with you every mincing step of the way to ensure you have an intoxicating evening. In it you'll find recipes and entertaining tips laid out for you on a platter everything you need to know to become a hostess with the mostest with a minimum of effort, so you can conserve your energy for consuming cocktails.
To ensure you look and feel your queenly best, it's got makeup advice, infallible fashion ideas as well as tips for getting you in the party mood. I'll also help you create a festive atmosphere with suggestions for how to make signature cocktails, great tasting party food, sprucing up your abode, and soundtracks for every occasion.
It doesn't stop there. See the links on this page where you can download irresistible invitations as well as tantalizing placemats. You can also visit my blog for more cocktail recipes and party food ideas.
No canapé is left unturned in showing you how to become the queen of your social scene. The Lazy Hostess will show you how to have a royal good time.
Why wait! Get the party started and order your copy at Amazon.co.uk. The Lazy Hostess is not just a cocktail recipe book; it's a badass best friend who will show you how to conquer the world without leaving home or risking a hangnail.