When Cooking for Crowds was first published in 1974, home cooks in America were just waking up to the great foods the rest of the world was eating, from pesto and curries to Ukrainian pork and baklava. Now Merry White's indispensable classic is back in print for a new generation of readers to savor, and her international recipes are as crowd-pleasing as ever--whether you are hosting a large party numbering in the dozens, or a more intimate gathering of family and friends.
In this delightful cookbook, White shares all the ingenious tricks she learned as a young Harvard graduate student earning her way through school as a caterer to European scholars, heads of state, and cosmopolitans like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. With the help of her friend Julia Child, the cook just down the block in Cambridge, White surmounted unforeseen obstacles and epic-sized crises in the kitchen, along the way developing the surefire strategies described here. All of these recipes can be prepared in your kitchen using ordinary pots, pans, and utensils. For each tantalizing recipe, White gives portions for serving groups of six, twelve, twenty, and fifty.
Featuring a lively new introduction by White and Edward Koren's charming illustrations, Cooking for Crowds offers simple, step-by-step instructions for easy cooking and entertaining on a grand scale--from hors d'oeuvres to desserts.
Merry White is professor of anthropology at Boston University. Her books include Coffee Life in Japan and Noodles Galore. She teaches anthropology courses on food and social change, and has been a caterer, cookbook writer, and food journalist. She received Japan's prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for her distinguished achievements in promoting Japanese culture. Edward Koren's acclaimed drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and many other publications. He has illustrated many books, including Poems I Wrote When No One Was Looking.
"[Merry White's] book, made up of recipes she collected as the caterer for the Harvard Center for European Studies, suggested a new way of entertaining, with self-serve spanakopita, petite shrimp quiche and that savior of the anxious cook, the casserole that can be made a day ahead. Edward Koren's woolly illustrations set the tone: vegetables are our friends, and food tastes best in groups. Even though pesto and vindaloo are no longer exotic, during the holidays her attitude (and her meatballs) may be what every stressed-out host needs."--Alexandra Lange, New York Times
"Cooking for Crowds represents a coming-of-age moment in the cultural history of food, cooking, and taste in America. It has been one of my favorite cookbooks for more than thirty years."--Peter Gourevitch, founding dean, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego
"Corky White has been persuaded to reissue the cookbook that was so much a part of our youthful gatherings. These diverse (and feasible) recipes for large tables are ideal for any occasion, whatever your group passions. Edward Koren's illustrations capture the unbuttoned hirsute fellowship of ingredients and diners."--Charles Maier, Harvard University
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Darra Goldstein ix
Introduction to the New Edition xvi
Introduction to the First Edition xxiii
Pots, Pans, and Utensils xxvii
Herbs and Spices xxxi
Soups and Starters 1
Main Dishes 43
Vegetables and Side Dishes 117
List of Illustrations 171