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Cook the Book: 'Good Food to Share'

20111211-183247-good-food-to-share.jpgWhether you're a Barefoot Contessa calibre party-thrower or a novice to the hosting game, this time of year it's pretty much inevitable that you'll be doing at least a little entertaining.

To assist you on your holiday party planning path, this week we're featuring Good Food to Share, a cookbook with a refreshingly down-to-earth angle on entertaining. Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, our pal from The Kitchn, throws the kind of get-togethers that everyone enjoys: warm, comfortable yet sofisticated and fuss-free even for the host.

It's a book that's filled with inviting and smart dishes meant to be served family-style, indispensable entertaining tips like how to choose cheeses and wines for your bash, and guide to putting together a killer antipasto plate. With Gillingham-Ryan's guidance, your holiday party is sure to be a smashing success.

This week we're going to be throwing our own holiday dinner party with a menu from Good Food to Share. For cocktail hour nibbles we'll be starting out with Muhammara, a Syrian roasted pepper dip and Maple-Bacon Spiced Nuts followed by a Winter Greens Salad with Roasted Pears and Pecorino and big pan of White Lasagna with Mushrooms and Prosciutto, and a few other dishes that are not only party-perfect but effortless enough to make sure that the cook has plenty of time to enjoy the party too.

Win 'Good Food to Share'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Weldon Owen, we are giving away five (5) copies of Good Food to Share this week.

All you have to do is tell us about what food you're going to be sharing this holiday season in the comments section below.

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