The Little Book of Hosting
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Entertaining is universal, but the French give it a certain je ne sais quoi. Here from a French author of mode and manners, is The Little Book of Hosting, a fun-filled guide to help make guests happy and comfortable no matter on which occasion they have been invited to your house.
The Little Book of Hosting provides guidelines for entertaining guests at a traditional Christmas meal; for feeding people who are on a diet; for receiving the children of your new “friend”; and many other occasions. It includes sample invitations for life’s biggest events—a child’s first birthday, a wedding—and surefire recipes for when your mind goes blank. Laurence Caracalla has written a book, with black-and-white illustrations, that can help even the least adept host make the most out of any situation. She writes with such humor and openness that you feel you have a friend by your side, one who manages to acknowledge and then allay your deepest fears and anxieties about having company.
Her secret to being the perfect host? “A pinch of time, three dollops of imagination, and a very big pinch of empathy.”
Laurence Caracalla : Laurence Caracalla is the author of several how-to guides including Carnet du Savoir-vivre/The Little Book of How to Live (Flammarion, 2008) and Carnet du savoir-vivre au bureau/The Little Book of How to Live at the Office (Flammarion, 2009). Under the pseudonym Marie Doinel, she has published books such as Le petit livre des copines/The Little Book of Girlfriends (La Table Ronde, 1999) and The Little Book of Sisters (La Table Ronde, 2004).