Nathalie Dupree’s Comfortable Entertaining
At Home with Ease and Grace

Nathalie Dupree
Photography by Tom Eckerle

A James Beard Award Winner—now back in print and available in paperback for the first time


"In a world that has become too complicated, Nathalie's down-to-earth advice sorts out what's really important about providing hospitality."
Country Living

"Good advice on setting realistic goals, developing hospitality skills, making plans and creating menus."
Associated Press Newswire

"Whether your style is casual or dressy, you'll find a wealth of information for successful parties. . . . The book is designed to show what Dupree does best-create spontaneous hospitality and wonderful food."
Los Angeles Daily News

“Laced with bits of cooking lore, anecdotes, and brimming with cheerful encouragement, Dupree’s latest advances the welcoming traditions of Southern hospitality.”
Publishers Weekly

"Dupree includes lots of useful material on planning, budgeting, presentation, and more, along with often-amusing anecdotes and cautionary tales from her own experiences."
Library Journal

"Nathalie Dupree has written more than a cook book; she has created an entertaining reference tool consisting of complete and unique menus and entertaining tips for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The book is well organized and includes numerous inspiring color photographs and humorous anecdotes."
Magill's Book Reviews

"Here, the concept of hosting a party becomes synonymous with comfortable clothes and a much-loved recliner; following Dupree's five rules—and one of the 26 menus (and more than 250 recipes)—almost guarantees success. . . . Tales from her own experience will convince readers that anyone, anywhere, can host a memorable gathering of guests."

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In Comfortable Entertaining, Nathalie Dupree has written the book that gives us permission-at long last-to entertain in a less-than-perfect world. A much-loved cookbook and television personality, Dupree has thrown parties on rooftops and in tiny apartments, planned galas for hundreds, and put on last-minute get-togethers. Comfortable Entertaining is the book that shows us how to do what Dupree does best-create spontaneous hospitality and great food.

This full-range cookbook and entertaining guide features twenty-six full menus, from holiday classics to an eye-popping formal dinner party for eight, from soup parties and brunches to more casual meals and salad lunches. Dupree displays colorful and attractive napkin and tablecloth arrangements, explains how to seat feuding guests, and tells us what to do when dinner burns to a crisp minutes before the guests arrive (order out!). Illustrated throughout with color photographs and packed with 250 life-is-not-perfect recipes, Comfortable Entertaining is as friendly, inspiring, and down-to-earth as a cookbook can get.

Page count: 320 pp.
88 color photos
Trim size: 8 X 10


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Recipient of the Cordon Bleu Advanced Certificate and known for her teaching expertise, Nathalie Dupree has hosted more than three hundred top-rated television cooking shows on PBS, the Learning Channel, Star TV, and the Food Network. She founded Rich's Cooking School in 1972 and has taught more than ten thousand students around the world. She is the author of eleven cookbooks, including New Southern Cooking and Nathalie Dupree's Southern Memories (both Georgia) and her most recent, Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, Jack Bass.