Cook the Book: Dinner Party Delights

Daydreaming about cocktail parties, soirées and shindigs? Join the club with March’s session of Cook the Book!

Cook the Book is a monthly foodie meeting of the stomachs with Plano Public Library. Each month has a theme, and for March we’re hosting a dinner party. Once you register for the event, be sure to prepare something delicious to “share” virtually with others, including the recipe. Cook the Book meets on Tuesday, March 16 at 1 p.m. via Zoom.

Here is a round up of dinner party cookbooks available at the library:

You’re So Invited: Panic Less, Play More, and Get Your Party On by Cheryl Najafi Request

The Pleasure of Your Company: How to Give a Dinner Party Without Losing Your Mind by Molly O’Neill Request

Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over by Alison Roman Request

The Unqualified Hostess by Whoopi Goldberg Request

Bon Appetit: Outdoor Entertaining by the editors of Bon Appetit Request

The Big Platter Cookbook: Cooking and Entertaining Family Style by Lou Jane Temple Request

Celebrate! by Sheila Lukins Request

American Diabetes Special Celebrations and Party Cookbook by Betty Wedman-St. Louis Request

Pastry Queen Parties: Entertaining Friends and Family, Texas Style by Rebecca Rather Request

Seriously Simple Parties: Recipes, Menus & Advice for Effortless Entertaining by Diane Rossen Worthington Request

Weir Cooking in the City: More than 125 Recipes and Inspiring Ideas for Relaxed Entertaining by Joanne Weir Request

Life is a Party: Deliciously Doable Recipes to Make Every Day a Celebration by David Burtka Request

Icing on the Cake: Baking and Decorating Simple, Stunning Desserts at Home by Tessa Huff Request

Vegetarian Dinner Parties: 150 Meatless Meals Good Enough to Serve to Company by Bruce Weinstein Request

Slow Cooker Crowd Pleasers for the American Summer: 150 Favorite Recipes for Potlucks, Parties, and Family by Hope Comerford Request

Gourmet Game Night: Bite-sized, Mess-free Eating for Board-game Parties, Bridge Clubs, Poker Nights, Book Groups, and More by Cynthia C. Nims Request

The Minimalist Entertains: Forty Seasonal Menus for Dinner Parties, Cocktail Parties, Barbecues, and More by Mark Bittman Request

Passion for Parties: Your Guide to Elegant Entertaining by D. Tutera Request

Emily Post’s Great Get-Togethers: Casual Gatherings & Elegant Parties at Home by Anna Post Request

Katie Brown Celebrates: Simple and Spectacular Parties All Year Round by Katie Brown Request


If you’re interested in making your own dinner party decorations, check out our Cricut Design Space Basics program on April 7th.

Be sure to register for our March 16 session to discuss your favorite dinner party recipe and treats. And don’t forget to check out Flipster and Pressreader for our cooking magazines!

For more Cook the Book book lists, check out the Cook the Book tab.

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