This mouth-watering cookbook urges the reader to replace the word ''entertaining'' with ''having people over.'' Not only is this alternative a less intimidating concept, it somehow makes the process of having people over seem more user-friendly and more easily incorporated into your busy life.
Pick some recipes from the book, shop for them a few days ahead of time when you do your normal shopping, do some of the preparation before the gathering, consider having your guests help with the cooking (if you've picked appropriate recipes), and as a result be a little more chilled out, perhaps, than you usually are when you're entertaining -- I mean having people over.
Chapters on menu planning, starters and small plates, salads and soups, pasta and pizza, main dishes, sides, breakfast and brunch, desserts, beverages, basic recipes, and a glossary all make this a cookbook you'll find yourself referring to over and over again. In true Williams-Sonoma cookbook fashion, it will make you salivate all the while.