Special Guest: Recipes for the Happily Imperfect Host by Annabel Crabb and Wendy Sharpe

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  • Cherry ricotta bundt cake

    • aargle on April 08, 2020

      My family loved this cake probably more than I did as I found it a little too sweet. It turned out perfectly however there was almost too much cake for the tin and I was willing it not to overflow in the oven (it didn’t) although it came perilously close. The cake was demolished in a couple of days.

  • Glass potatoes

    • aargle on October 04, 2019

      The best way to cook potatoes. My boys just love them and there are never any left over. I followed the recipe exactly despite my overwhelming urge to halve the oil content. Very easy and straightforward. It doesn’t seem to matter not being able to use kestrel potatoes.

    • Rinshin on November 28, 2019

      The potatoes turned out soft, crackly, and very savory. I had to use different sizes, but it did not seem to matter. Did not have salt flakes which would improve the presentation, but tasted fine with Hawaiian pink salt. Also used easy to find yukon gold in two different sizes. I loved everything about these potatoes. Photo added.

  • Salted caramel 'crack'

    • aargle on December 27, 2019

      This recipe is an absolute cracker. My tray is smaller than specified but no problem. I decorated the top with pistachios and sour dried cherries which worked splendidly - so easy!

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  • ISBN 10 1760631949
  • ISBN 13 9781760631949
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Oct 24 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 240
  • Language English
  • Countries Australia
  • Publisher Murdoch

Publishers Text

The fraternal twin of Special Delivery - a cookbook for anyone who ever felt like punching a wall before their guests arrive. If you are someone who prepares for guests by sweeping bills, laundry and newspapers behind sofa cushions, take heart! It's possible to be an imperfect host, but happily so. The essential ingredient is not, paradoxically, the food, nor the perfect house to host in, but the sentiment you convey when you open the door. Do your eyes say: 'I like you and I enjoy your company,' or does a weepy cloud of visceral horror descend as pine nuts burn quietly in the kitchen?

Special Guest is a gentle guide to turning easy basic fare into something of a celebration. For when you want to say to your friends with their spouses and ten small children, 'Why don't you stay for lunch?' without hating yourself afterwards. Learn the lesson of 'one splendid thing done well' without regard to the hundred other things, and call the day a success. Pick up some pointers for the modern conundrum that is cooking for people with seemingly incompatible dietary requirements.

Hosting your friends is not about showing off; it is about delighting others. Your dining table might be decorated with a pile of unmatched socks and kids' homework, but that's no reason not to invite friends in for a chat, a sit-down and something delicious to eat.

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia's best-loved TV and media personalities and a joyfully imperfect host. Wendy Sharpe is Annabel's oldest friend, a recipe consultant on Kitchen Cabinet and co-conspirator in mad-capped cookery projects.


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