There’s a new Kitchen Bitch in town and her name is Babe Scott. She’s our kind of girl: a self-styled Kitchen Vixen and “card carrying manthropologist” who’s written a book on how to have a party without breaking a sweat or breaking the budget. And it’s published today.
The Lazy Hostess puts the ho into hostess. Full of laugh-out-loud advice, food, drink and wise words from Homer Simpson to Winston Churchill, Babe’s chatty style belies a ruthless pragmatism for all manner of party planning and tantalising recipes (in party-sized quantities). Bacon-wrapped jalapeños and lychee Martinis? Yes please!
The premise of the book is that the hostess should enjoy the party as much as the guests. She advocates roping in a friend or 2 to help with the food, music and decorating, and – most importantly – making sure you look your best. “The hottest dish to come out of the kitchen should be the hostess.”
With ideas to pep up any party, from a small, informal affair to a major life event, The Lazy Hostess covers planning; guest lists; themes; dress codes; entertainment; toasts; clearing up; and even hostess gifts. My favourite bits of advice were how to get rid of people at the end of the evening (brilliant – but you’ll have to read it yourself to find out) – and the importance of preparing your boudoir for the man you will inevitably pull!
This hardback tome is just the right size to hold in one hand while you hold a glass in the other, and is beautifully illustrated. It would make a great Christmas present for anyone you know who’s planning a party, anyone who owes you hospitality, anyone who loves to eat or drink, or for yourself.
For more on Babe Scott visit BabeScott.com or follow her on Twitter @TheLazyHostess
Published today by Bantam Press and priced at £12.99