Author(s): Kay Plunkett-Hogge
From just a few friends for drinks and snacks in the kitchen to a sophisticated soiree for everyone you know, Kay Plunkett-Hogge draws upon her background in the worlds of film and fashion and her youth in Mad Men-era Bangkok to create the ultimate guide to making your evening as easy as ABC. Kay's approach to throwing a party is to keep it simple (yet stylish), plan ahead and, above all, enjoy it. The 80 cocktail recipes are organised by base spirit, with chapters on Gin, Vodka, Rum etc, and the 40 canape recipes are grouped into Vegetarian, Fish & Seafood and Meat. As Kay writes in the book's introduction: 'Just the sound of ice being shaken, preferably to a rhythm all of its own, is enough to bring a smile to anyone's face. It's the promise of sweet relief, of good times, good friends and good conversation. Just make mine a Martini.'
A chic little guide to planning the perfect party with recipes for 80 fabulous cocktails and 50 delicious canapes.
Kay Plunkett-Hogge is a cookery writer and broadcaster based in London. A former model agent in New York and London, and a movie co-ordinator in Bangkok and Los Angeles, Kay is the co-author of the best-selling Bryn's Kitchen with the award-winning London chef Bryn Williams, LEON: Family & Friends with John Vincent and the new Little Leon series with Henry Dimbleby, Claire Ptak and John Vincent. She is currently working with US chef Chris Bianco on his forthcoming book Rain, Grain & Gratitude (Harper Collins) and with Hollywood actor Stanley Tucci on his second cookbook to be published by Simon & Schuster. Kay has appeared on This Morning and BBC London, as well as local radio. She is a regular contributor to Fork Magazine, has been featured in FT Weekend and Simple Things, and has written for Hello!, Delicious, Olive and SW Magazine. She is also a founding member and contributor to The Art of the Weekend. In addition to her writing and presenting, Kay runs a bespoke location catering service, Kay Cooks For You, for the fashion business. Her clients include international photographers Ellen von Unwerth, Chris Craymer, Patric Shaw, Simon Paske and Alasdair McLellan, for titles and brands including UK and American Glamour, French Vogue, GQ, Kipling, Stella McCartney, Danone, River Island and many more.