Culinary master James Beard's ultimate guide to entertaining is a must for any host or hostess Expert chef James Beard was passionate about food and even more passionate about entertaining. Beard's cookbooks, with recipes that have delighted for decades--such as duck glazed with honey and curry, and zucchini frittata--have long been a staple in the culinary libraries of home cooks. This thorough guide combines Beard's delicious menus with his expertise on hosting any event from an intimate dinner party to a much larger gathering. The indispensable tips and advice in James Beard's Menus for Entertaining make anything from a lavish champagne breakfast to a festive beach picnic easy for the host and unforgettable for the guests. In addition to his scrumptious tried-and-true recipes, Beard also offers guidance on pairing the perfect wines, liqueurs, and aperitifs to round out your meal. Featuring more than 100 menus, 600 dishes, and Beard's wisdom on everything from planning to plating, Menus for Entertaining will make your next event a delectable success.