Review: The Gilded Fork – Entertaining at Home

For a while now I have admired the remarkable palate of Chef Mark Tafoya. Perhaps it is the juxtaposition of my own rustic, bold style to Mark’s artistic and often delicate creations that draws me to his work?  Kind of like how people with curly hair always wish it was straight.  I am forever dazzled by the array of ingredients both familiar and exotic that Chef Tafoya combines in his cosmopolitan menus.

Speaking of exotic, Jennifer Iannolo is famous for her passion, dare I say lust, for fine foods.  As the author of Food Philosophy, Jen has lauded her Sex on a Plate notion which equates the aesthetics of gastronomy to more tantric pursuits.  I have always revered people who  live life rather than endure it.  Curious about her Scottish ancestry Jennifer didn’t go to genealogy.com, she went to Scotland.  It is sad how much my bucket list resembles her been-there-done-thats.

Jennifer and Mark have many successful collaborations to their credit.  Their edible enterprises are the heart and soul of the Culinary Media Network.  Recently, their alliance has again hit gold with the publication of their book The Gilded Fork – Entertaining at Home (The Gilded Fork, LLC, 2009).

This is not another collection of random recipes loosely trust together with a string of commonalities.  To the contrary it is a how-to guide to celebration.  Tafoya and Iannolo have carefully crafted full menus for life’s assorted events.

There are four course dinners for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and birthdays.  Six courses for holiday get-togethers.  They have specialty menus as well, brunch, harvest celebration, vegan and dinner for two.  The list goes on.

Each designer menu is accompanied by chef’s notes and pairings.  The thorough recipes with amazing flavor profiles will make your next party the party of the year.  Entertaining at Home is like having a catering chef and party planner tucked away on your bookshelf ready to spring forth at a moment’s notice to add to your legend as party host.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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