Sedaris's blisteringly funny take on entertaining--plus color photos and enlightening sidebars on everything it takes to pull off a party with flair--make this volume the best hostess gift on the planet ("Entertainment Weekly")Sedaris's blisteringly funny take on entertaining--plus color photos and enlightening sidebars on everything it takes to pull off a party with flair--make this volume the best hostess gift on the planet ("Entertainment Weekly")Read Less
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everyone I know is getting a copy for their birthday.
Feb 18, 2010
Welcome...and be careful not to end up in the soup
Amy Sedaris does not disappoint here in the least. Her book is both extremely, realistically helpful (recipes, entertaining tips) and very much _her_---slightly off-beat, raw, down-to-earth, cringe-defying in equal turns. Not for children...21 or older, I'd say, for fullest enjoyment. I'm 60 and found it a hoot and a half, and so have our friends, from their 20s to 60s. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Oct 21, 2008
Why I like ?I Like You? and Amy Sedaris
?She?s so weird.? That?s the apt appraisal of Amy Sedaris that my boss uttered recently. I agree: Sedaris is a strange one, and her off-kilter personality is not necessarily for everyone. But, to me, this sister of best-selling humorist David Sedaris is consistently entertaining, often hilarious, and sometimes bizarre?a loveable, loopy-aunt kind of bizarre. Yes, I like Amy Sedaris, and was delighted that my regard is reciprocated in the title of her book, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. But will you like her too? Probably, especially if you?re like the devoted fans, gift shoppers, and happening homemakers who caused this odd book to debut as a top-ten New York Times bestseller. But if you agree that Sedaris is just too weird, you likely know someone else who would love I Like You as a gift.
I Like You is a hospitality book that mirrors Martha Stewart?if the mirror you?re using is in a fun house. Chock full of recipes, entertaining advice, housekeeping hints, and craft projects, this tome could almost double for a publication of that ex-con conqueror of all things domestic. But look closer and you?ll see (in hundreds of full-color photos that could also be from a 1970s issue of Good Housekeeping) that Sedaris is more like ?Martha Stewart on crack,? as she recently described herself while a guest on Stewart?s talk show.
The recipes are comfort food exemplified (mac and cheese, southern-fried chicken) and Betty Crocker satirized (a dinner of cube steak, canned pork-and-beans, and potato salad, with a banana and a glass of champagne). The meals also represent visits to the Sedaris home that produced the likes of Amy and David. You?ll discover dishes like spanakopita and desserts like koulouraki, which are nods to the Sedaris?s Greek heritage. You?ll be able to enjoy the baked Alaska that Amy would request on her birthdays as a young girl (and budding, working-class gourmand). And don?t miss the recipe for red-wine steak butter sauce, which Sedaris?s mother reportedly copied from an issue of Playboy and used for roasts and T-bones.
Food is the predominant feature of I Like You. But there?s so much more packed in among the recipes, and it?s in these sidebars and essays that the queen of quirky really shines through. Sedaris explains her practice of selling the flotsam and jetsam of her apartment to partygoers?everything piled on a card table and priced at a quarter each. She provides beauty tips that range from dying your lips red with cherry-flavored popsicles to ridding yourself of green toenails via a vinegar soak. Sedaris outlines the recommended practice for serving lunch to a lumberjack. She details her devotion to house rabbits, including tips that are helpful to rabbit adopters and humorous to the rest of us, like the following:
"If you have a pet and are going to entertain, it?s important to make sure your home is free of the scent that sometimes accompanies our pets. Nobody wants to deal with an overbearing odor of a litter box just as they sit down to enjoy a Fudgsicle. Make sure that you have allergy medicine (preferably prescribed) in your cabinet just in case a guest is allergic. If a guest does have a reaction and their face puffs up, take advantage and grab a snapshot. You can use the photo along with the caption: 'Have a swell Christmas,' as a card, which you can then send to all your friends during the holidays."
Much of what Sedaris advocates is, of course, a joke?tongue firmly in cheek. While we?re on the subject of bunnies, here?s a good example of belief turned comic relief: ?A rabbit?s droppings are really easy to pick up. I don?t even have to wash my hands afterward and they are a great way to spruce up a salad.? That?s the joy of I Like You: This book is packed with ideas, advice, and recipes you?ll actually find useful, and to get to these utilitarian upsides you?ll encounter strange and truly hilarious asides. It?s a refreshing and entertaining approach to what could otherwise be just another boring recipe recital. Of course, some jokes fall flat, others are a little bawdy for certain readers, and still others leave you scratching your head. But that?s part of the acquired taste for Amy Sedaris, who clearly is her own hostess and humorist; there?s no one else like her. If you like levity with your levelheadedness, you?ll also like I Like You.
Mar 21, 2007
Best known for her role as Jerri Blank on Strangers with Candy, Amy Sedaris maintains her quirky sense of humor in I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence.
This is not a book to read cover-to-cover. Rather, it's a book that is best absorbed bit by bit. Flip through and get tips on gift giving ("No matter how hard you try, you cannot purchase affection with presents unless you are willing to drop some serious coinage") or find a recipe for "I Got a Raise" Tenderloin. The recipes are all real, but often infused with humor. Sedaris makes hospitality fun. Full of hilarious color photos.
Mar 15, 2007
Hospitality Makes The Diffference
Amy's already a household name, why ot take it to the next level?
Amy shares really good party recipes, some seriously funny how-to's, some seriously serious how-to's, and some seriously innappropriate how-not-to's. Her costumes are over -the-top and each and every page is chock-full of funny/interesting/sometimes slightly squirm-in-your-seat revelations. A great guest bedroom book or gift for your very best friend. Amy is famous for her humour and her cupcakes, you get a little of both with I Like You.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-12-04 There's no way around it: Sedaris fans are going to have to buy both her lavishly illustrated book and her audiobook adaptation. No one should be forced to decide between enjoying the visual delights of her kitschy photo-filled book or the aural pleasures of Sedaris's wonderfully exuberant narration. The rubber-faced comedienne proves equally limber vocally with her quicksilver changes from perfect deadpan to goofy dialects. The jaunty musical score and quirky sound effects enhance the production and complement her narration. Sedaris sounds like she's throwing a party in the studio and listeners would be foolish not to RSVP. The fourth disc contains a PDF file with all 76 recipes for her "15-minute meals in 20 minutes," which were read aloud on the previous discs, in addition to 70 more "Jackpot Recipes." A truly delightful audiobook. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Reviews, July 17). (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2006-07-17 Sedaris's sidesplitting guide to throwing parties hopes to return readers to the times when the word "entertainment" was "charmingly old-fashioned, like courtship or back alley abortions." While her tongue is firmly in cheek, novice party-planners will actually find some helpful hints along the way as Sedaris offers instructions and real recipes. Her tips run the gamut from how to properly freeze meatballs (freeze them on a cookie sheet before putting them into a freezer bag so they won't stick together) and deal with the inebriated ("Better to cut them off rather than pretend it's not happening and then allow them to stay over and wet your bed"). She's a generous but crafty hostess ("A good trick is to fill your medicine cabinet with marbles. Nothing announces a nosey guest better than an avalanche of marbles hitting a porcelain sink"). Etiquette pointers include inappropriate introductions ("This is Barbara, she can't have children") and things to avoid saying to the grieving ("Did she smoke?" "Was he drinking?" "Where were you when this happened?"). Her advice is both practical and hilarious; her instructions on removing vomit stains ends with "or just toss it, chances are you've stained it before." Sedaris's first solo effort (after Wigfield with her Strangers with Candy co-stars, as well as several plays with her brother, David) is an outrageous and deadpan delight, greatly enhanced by her deliriously kitschy illustrations and photos. (Oct. 16) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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