Coping with difficult dinner guests? Nathalie suggests a buffet-style dinner so that everyone can serve him- or herself — wrapping Charcoal Rib-eye Steaks in tortillas or pancakes and choosing from a variety of sauces and condiments — to help break down everyone's reserve.
Inviting friends who are on a diet? Try the elegant Zucchini and Red Bell Pepper Soup, Chinese-style Asparagus and Chicken Breast, and Tiny Meringues with Lemon Yogurt and Strawberries.
Planning a summer wedding feast for a crowd? A cool Spinach and Tortellini Salad, do-ahead Lemon-Roasted Cornish Hens, and a finale of Cream Puffs would be just the right thing.
Why not make a special breakfast that will bring the whole family together? Perfectly poached eggs, Maple-Glazed Ham Steak, Baked Cheese-Grits Casserole, and Nut Bran Muffins are what Nathalie recommends.
Knowing that the pleasures of food are invariably linked with moods and memories, Nathalie weaves around each menu a story taken from her popular newspaper column, which has been running in the Atlanta Journal/Constitution for the past two years. Above all, as a TV performer she has the gift of being direct, relaxed, and practical. She is the next-door neighbor sharing a recipe, offering advice and inspiration. And she is right here for us on every page of this beguiling book.