Williamsonomadec07This holiday season you are very likely going to host a part. It might be a casual lunch or a formal dinner affair. Regardless, the fun need not be confined to the few hours you spend with your guests; it can start right now, and can linger long after your guests have said their last goodbye.

This year, Williams-Sonoma makes holiday entertaining easy with its new cookbook, HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING: Inspired Recipes & Ideas for Celebrating the Season by Georgeanne Brennan (Oxmoor House; October 2007; $34.95/hardcover; ISBN-13: 978-0-8487-3193-9). Along with more than 120 mouth-watering, stress-free recipes, this beautiful book is filled with creative decorating and serving ideas, stunning full-color photographs, and complete menus for sixteen holiday occasions.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING also comes complete with festive drink recipes developed by celebrated writer Jordan Mackay as well as practical advice on topics like food-and-wine pairing, garnishes, table decoration, and edible gifts. From beginning to end, this indispensable book is guaranteed to make holiday entertaining easier, tastier, and lots of fun!