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Park Avenue Potluck

by habituallychic

10 . 23 . 07

I am excited to announce that a very great book for a very great cause is finally released today! More than just a cookbook, Park Avenue Potluck is an unprecedented peek into the dining rooms of New York’s poshest addresses and savviest hostesses. It offers advice on how to entertain in true New York style with a compilation of recipes, entertaining tidbits, anecdotes, and party-planning advice from celebrated New York party givers, members and friends of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Acclaimed food writer and contributing New York Times columnist, Florence Fabricant edits as well as contributes to the book.

Through its fundraising events and organizing volunteer committees, The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center supports patient care, research and public education on the importance of early cancer detection and treatment. These altruistic women, who dedicate countless hours, now open up their personal recipe boxes and share their crowd pleasing signature dishes, desserts, and drinks served for holidays, parties, weekend gatherings with friends, and quiet nights at home with their families. Beginning with “The Guide,” the ladies go through all the necessary steps of throwing a party, including invitations, setting the table, and serving styles. All of this savvy know-how is accompanied by an indispensable pantry list of items to have on hand at all times – because you should never be caught off guard!

“A good party takes planning, but once it starts you can relax and enjoy every minute.” – Jamee Gregory

“I go to several markets that I like and get inspired by what they have that’s fresh and what looks good.” – Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos

“When I serve a frozen dessert at the table, I will opt for a demi-tasse in the living room afterwards to use my collection of un-matched cups, brought out on a serving tray.” – Coco Kopelman

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  1. Alice Olive October 23, 2007 | 5:59 pm

    Oh, fabulous! Just as I’m preparing to host my first Thanksgiving dinner.

  2. Habitually Chic October 23, 2007 | 6:22 pm

    Oh how fun! My family has the most delicious recipe for Prailine Topped Sweet Potatoes. I will have to try to find it and email it to you!

  3. Laura October 23, 2007 | 7:42 pm

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  4. Laura October 23, 2007 | 7:43 pm

    That book sounds like so much fun! Forget Hollywood starlets; I love Park Avenue Princesses! Especially Aerin and Marina. The recipes actually sounds good, too.

  5. Alice Olive October 23, 2007 | 7:56 pm

    Yum – definitely send recipe if you find it!

  6. Mélanie October 24, 2007 | 10:01 am

    This book seems wonderful and so choc . It gave ideas to write a book about how we entertain in Provence and my american friend Corey from tongue in cheek will help me to write it

  7. Brilliant Asylum October 25, 2007 | 6:55 pm

    Is that a casserole Ms. Park Ave. is digging into? I am shocked! I am taking this Book cover as proof that serving casserole at a dinner party is totally kosher (despite what some in my circle might claim).

  8. Habitually Chic October 25, 2007 | 8:07 pm

    Melanie, definitely keep me posted on your book! I would love to check it out!

  9. Habitually Chic October 25, 2007 | 8:08 pm

    BA – I find it amusing that they put the most caloric and carbohydrate filled dish on the front cover of a cookbook of recipes from socialites who everyone knows don’t eat!