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Cooper, Carol and Hugette Khan.

Markham (Ont.), Penguin Books, cl984. 158pp, paper, spiral bound, $12.95, ISBN 0-14-0466495. CIP

Reviewed by Mollie Hooper

Volume 13 Number 4
1985 July

Good Food, Good Friends is a cookbook designed with a slightly different slant from the norm in that it provides a unique, fun-filled, and inexpensive way to entertain. With the rising cost of food, of catering services, and of dining out, this hook could help you and your friends set a trend.

Dinner clubs are fast becoming popular as they allow you to carry on elegant but inexpensive entertaining. This cookbook tells you how to form your own club. It provides twenty-four complete menus with over 150 kitchen tested recipes. Each menu is designed for eight guests with the work and cost equally shared by four couples.

As the authors are dinner club enthusiasts from Mississauga, Ontario who are experienced in organizing and coordinating dinner clubs, they are fully qualified to write this book. The table of contents is brief and to the point, e.g. "Introduction," "Guidelines for a Successful Dinner Club," 'How to Use This Book," followed by the menus that run from simple gourmet, gourmet, to international.

Each recipe provides complete prepare-ahead instructions followed by last minute finishing touches. Time and temperature charts for each menu provide fail-safe organization and prevent last-minute fussing. Recipes are in both imperial and metric measure. A detailed index, subdivided according to the main foods, then the recipes under each of these, enables you to find what you want easily.

The paper is of good quality, the print easy to read. This book is well-illustrated with black-and-white creative designs on most pages, plus a few beautifully coloured photographs to give ideas for your table settings. Size for easy use is 17 x 25 cm, cerlox bound with an eye-catching coloured front cover.

Although specialized, this cookbook can be used for every day meals because inside these gourmet menus, you will find many of your old recipe-friends just wearing new clothes and accessories.

Mollie Hooper, Qualicum Beach, B.C.
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