The authors define brunch as a minotaur: half breakfast, half lunch. That and informal gatherings occurring outside the home.
It then occurred to them the problem with the state of the dinner party was due to people not having enough of them! Therefore, they created the “Dinner Party Manifesto”.
A perfect dinner party is the purest expression and embodiment of the principles of the manifesto.
I was intrigued by the title. It got me thinking about dinner parties. When I was young, I felt thrown into family events where we had dinner parties, whether I wanted to go or not. However, in this book those would not be considered dinner parties.
People! The dinner party is the sanctuary of friendship.
There is so much in this compact book that it’s worth a read and a laugh! It will lead you to reminisce or surprise you on the ideas shared. Most importantly, you may be inspired to take the plunge and host a dinner party!
Here are a few takeaways I just had to share – you’ll need to read the book to find out more:
The food is the least important part of a dinner party. A dinner party is more than the food; it is a gathering where conversation ensues.
A gathering doesn’t become a dinner party until at least four people are present. That is but one definition of What Is a Dinner Party?
A proportion of the food at a dinner party must be homemade.
Not cooking for your own dinner party is like DJ-ing a dance party with the radio.
This rule doubles for another: dinner parties are a respite from advertising.
Make them a Cocktail. Great tips on Assembling a Liquor Cabinet that lists a mere nine bottles of alcohol…plus cheap mixers, garnishes, and equipment – to name a few.
Rules of Engagement. Their first rule: Shut Up.
Dinner Parties That Actually Did Change The World. For example, The Last Supper is the infamous dinner party.
Showing Up: Guidelines for Guests. Behold, should we become guests for a dinner party!
Dining Rules for Guests. See a pattern here? Yes, this book not only is about hosting a dinner party, but being an invited guest of a dinner party (note “invited”).
Again, I have a penchant for, what I consider food writing, a book that includes recipes. Recipes not only include dishes but also cocktails. Rico’s Peperonata recipe appears simple and delish!
The doorbell rings. People have actually shown up. There is no escape. Showtime.
For fans of David Sedaris, a quick and easy read, and nothing short of amusing and entertaining.
An enjoyably funny read. This was one book that shared my road trip to and from Indy!
Click on the author’s podcast The Dinner Party Download upon which the manifesto was inspired!
~ date read 05.14.2018 ~ 5 stars ~
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.