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The Last Minute Party Girl

The Last Minute Party Girl

Author: Erika Lenkert


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The Last-Minute Party Girl is a practical entertaining guide and cookbook offering sound step-by-step advice and a playful peek into what really happens when we entertain. It's the ultimate guide for every go-girl and guy who wants to be a fabulous entertainer without worrying about obscure ingredients, equipment, imperfection, stress, or anything else that gets in the way of a good time. Perk up your parties with:

100 simple and forever fashionable recipes, including some from the nation's top chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Suzanne Goin of L.A.'s Lucques, Alfred Portale of N.Y.C.'s Gotham, and Craig Stoll of S.F.'s Delfina.

Detailed instructions on how to create fab invites and deck out the house without spending a fortune.

Advice on cutting costs and time.

An in-depth list of party-ready pantry items, themed menus, cocktail cues, two-second tricks, laugh-out-loud anecdotes, and a hearty dash of humor and humanity.

About the Author:

Erika Lenkert realized the allure of great cooking and entertaining when at eleven years old she could persuade her friends to come over with the promise of homemade garlic bread. By high school she had developed an insatiable desire for eggs Benedict and often found herself whipping up hollandaise sauce in the middle of the night. Through college she accentuated her parties with homemade sushi or lasagna and worked in restaurants and bars so that she could eat and party her way around the world.

Committed to turning her pursuit of pleasure into a career, Erika became a freelance journalist and for a decade has been taking cooking classes around the world and writing about food, travel, trends, and the good life for everyone from In Style, Travel & Leisure, Bon Appétit, and Food & Wine to Brides, Los Angeles Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, and the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Along the way she co-authored the trendsetting Raw: The Uncook Book and authored The Last-Minute Party Girl.

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