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Cooking For Crowds For Dummies

Over 100 recipes, plus time-saving planning tips and sanity-saving suggestions Serve terrific food confidently and calmly, and wow your crowd! Panicky about cooking for a casual church dinner, a posh graduation party, or a holiday feast for 50? With terrific recipes plus tips for everything from planning menus to preparation and presentation, you can serve a hungry crowd without getting all steamed up about it. You'll quickly grasp the basics you need to know to cook like an experienced pro. Discover how to Serve great dishes, from appetizers through desserts Determine food quantities when cooking for groups Handle food safely Add ambience with easy decorations

Paperback: 354 pages

Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 10, 2005)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0764584693

ISBN-13: 978-0764584695

Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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OK, at first, I wasn't particularly thrilled with this book. Maybe it's because I've been cooking for a crowd for awhile and hoped it would have more to offer. It's very basic. However, I am coming to appreciate its "basic-ness" and believe it's a good place to start if someone takes on a large crowd cooking challenge. Just having the information for how to estimate amounts of a particular food item is very nice; makes the math (at least for me!) much easier. I think the recipes are somewhat mundane, but again, since I've already come up with recipes that have worked successfully, maybe I'm not being fair. I think I came to respect the book and myself when I checked a recipe I've used against a similar one in the book and discovered they were close enough to make me feel as though I were anything but a dummy!

Good recipes, easy for anyone to follow. I manage a senior citizen facility and they are enjoying the change to our menu!

I had been cooking (at home) for many years, and then took on cooking for 50-100 people once a week. I thought the book would help, but it wasn't very useful. All the information was just common sense and the tone of the book is talking down to you. Don't waste your time on a book, spend it cooking!

I purchased this book since I volunteered to cook for fellowship suppers at church. I really appreciated the helpful tips and recipes. The cheat sheet at the front of the book is so handy and I use it all the time. You will learn something you didn't know about cooking for a crowd in each chapter. There is no subject not covered and is an invaluable tool for me. Good book!!

My friend prepares food for the homeless in Austin Texas. (Ministry Under the Bridge) This book gives easy fast recipes for many people. I used it when I was preparing food for my husband's Masonic Lodges. The people all love the food.

It is a good book but nothing to write home about. I was a bit disappointed as I thought there was going to be more pre-planning for throwing a party or arranging a menu. Recipes are not very creative (just the basics). In any case it is recommended.

I have to cook for 150 people for a three day school function three meals a day. Ive never done this before and this definately helped with its conversions

This book was a Great Big help to me, as I planned my first big crowd event! Very easy to read and understand, alot of great information and hints!

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