Ali Larter with Tracy Zahoryin; photographs by Amy Neunsinger
St. Martin's Press
A month-by-month culinary scrapbook that brings out the reveler in every home cook
Ali Larter is a busy actress, well known for her roles on the NBC show Heroes and in movies such as Varsity Blues and Legally Blonde. But when not on set, she is usually throwing a dinner party or entertaining at home. In fact, Ali has been cooking and entertaining all her life, and in an instant, she can whip together a wonderful meal, whether it’s for a family Sunday brunch, a spontaneous Super Bowl party, or an elegant (but not stuffy) New Year’s Eve dinner. Her parties seem effortless, but it hasn't always been that easy for her. In fact, at Ali’s first dinner party, she made the common rookie mistake of putting too much pressure on herself to make things perfect. Needless to say, with hungry guests, a burned hand, a broken air conditioner, and a mouse scampering across her fourth-floor New York City walk-up, the night ended in disaster.
Through the years of trial and error, Ali has learned that while looking effortless takes some effort, cooking is not about being perfect—it's about having a great time! And now she’s eager to share her passion and knowledge for cooking, collecting her favorite go-to menus into this wonderful cookbook: from her jalapeño cheddar cornbread to crab pots with lemon caper dip, lamb chop lollipops, strawberry mint cake, and for thirsty revelers, her eucalyptus gin martinis.
Ali's mouthwatering recipes and inspiring party ideas are broken down by month so you can take her lead through the seasons with celebrations such as an October Harvest Party, a January Detox, and a July Americana BBQ. Brimming with charm, beautiful and intimate photos, and Ali's personal touch as a perfectly disheveled, sassy, effortless host, Kitchen Revelry will enliven and inspire your celebrations for years to come.
"As I read through the pages of Kitchen Revelry, I began to smile as well as get extremely hungry. I started imagining which friends I would cook which dishes for. Ali's ideas and recipes are fun, well explained, and easy to perfectly execute, taking the stress out of the whole process leaving you to not only host your party but enjoy it as well, which is the point after all, isn't it!" —Johnny Iuzzini, James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and author of Dessert Fourplay