True Stories of Culinary Catastrophy
Annaliese Soros with Abigail Stokes
Illustrations by Roderick Mills
Sideshow Media 2006
What do you do when the lobsters in your lobster bake pull a crustacean Houdini and escape into the ocean? When your attempt at cantina cuisine ends with the arrival of the fire department at your door? When one of your guests drops dead in the doorway?
In Dinner Party Disasters, Annaliese Soros (the ex-wife of financier George Soros and a highly regarded hostess in her own right) collects the funniest, most horrific disaster stories ever to befall people gathered for the seemingly simple purpose of breaking bread together. In some cases, crisis is converted into triumph; in others, disaster prevails. In all cases, however, guests and hosts experience an evening they will never forget.
Sidebars offer exceedingly practical solutions to the problems, ranging from the ordinary–how to create the right ambiance using light and candles, or how to manage a drunken guest–to the somewhat unusual: how to clean and gut a game bird should you have to shoot your own.
The perfect gift book for a host or hostess of any age or expertise, Dinner Party Disasters will break the ice and remind guests and hosts alike that the best party experience is a good, shared laugh.