Entertaining really can be easy. Whether you are hosting a dinner for a few friends or a cocktail party for a crowd, all you need is a good guide that gives you stylish, reliable recipes that don't require hours in the kitchen and simple hosting secrets that save time and eliminate last-minute stress. You'll find all that and more in Williams-Sonoma Easy Entertaining. Ten lavishly illustrated chapters offer complete menus for the most popular kinds of entertaining occasions, from a Casual Breakfast and a Backyard Barbecue to a cozy Midweek Dinner, a Wine & Cheese Party, and a Celebratory Buffet. Each chapter includes recipes, tips, shopping notes, step-by-step style ideas, and a detailed work plan, as well as beautiful photographs illustrating inspired serving presentations. Simply put, you'll find everything you need to know to entertain with confidence and style, and it's all stunningly easy. The more than 45 recipes offer fresh, flavorful dishes and drinks reinvented for the way real people cook today. You'll discover such appealing ideas as Creamed Broccoli Leek Soup, Roasted Halibut with Chive Butter and Caviar, and luscious Chocolate Espresso Cr#65533;mes made with just four ingredients. The menus offer tips on shortcuts and take full advantage of today's popular prepared foods, showing you how to add easy touches to make them your own. There are also reference sections packed with helpful guidelines for party planning, shopping, decorating, and organizing your time and home. Williams-Sonoma Easy Entertaining is all about achieving one simple, irresistible goal: take the stress -- and much of the work -- out of entertaining so that you can relax and enjoy the company of your friends and family.