First came The Basic Gourmet. Beginning cooks tried the wonderful recipes, relished their successes, and bingo! Now they want to share their triumphs with family and friends. The Basic Gourmet Entertains provides an array of easy and impressive menus for sit-down dinners, buffets, outdoor parties, brunches, and holiday celebrations - eighteen menus and eighty foolproof recipes in all - guaranteed to make any party meal festive and memorable. Sage advice from a team of experienced cooking teachers guides readers on everything from menu planning and organization to tips on buying ingredients and kitchen equipment. Beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs, the wonderfully accessible and endlessly practical The Basic Gourmet Entertains is the definitive beginner's guide, strategically designed to demystify the fine art of entertaining.