I Like You by Amy Sedaris
Hospitality Under the Influence

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The bestselling entertaining guide from America's most delightfully unconventional hostess is now available in paperback!

Are you lacking direction in how to whip up a swanky soiree for lumberjacks? A dinner party for white-collar workers? A festive gathering for the grieving? Don't despair. Take a cue from entertaining expert Amy Sedaris and host an unforgettable fete that will have your guests raving. No matter the style or size of the gathering-from the straightforward to the bizarre-I LIKE YOU provides jackpot recipes and solid advice laced with Amy's blisteringly funny take on entertaining, plus four-color photos and enlightening sidebars on everything it takes to pull off a party with extraordinary flair. You don't even need to be a host or hostess to benefit-Amy offers tips for guests, too! (Number one: don't be fifteen minutes early.) Readers will discover unique dishes to serve alcoholics (Broiled Frozen Chicken Wings with Applesauce), the secret to a successful children's party (a half-hour time limit, games included), plus a whole appendix chock-full of arts and crafts ideas (from a mini-pantyhose plant-hanger to a do-it-yourself calf stretcher), and much, much more!

About Amy Sedaris

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Amy Sedaris was born on March 29, 1961 in Endicott, New York. She grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a television comedian and author. Her first foray into television began in 1995 on the Comedy Central sketch show Exit 57. In 1999 she began portraying Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central series Strangers with Candy. She has also made several guest appearances on TV shows such as rescue Me, Monk and The Closer. Amy Sedaris has co-authored the novel Wigfield with Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert which was published in 2003. Starting in 2005 she began wrtiing a monthly advice column in The Believer. Her book I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence which was published in 2006 stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for over 12 weeks. Her latest book is Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People which was published in 2010 and has made the New York Times best seller list. Amy Sedaris has also co- authored several plays such as Stump the Host, stitches, and One Woman Shoe with her brother David Sedaris. Amy Sedaris, PAUL DINELLO, and Stephen Colbert met at Chicago's Second City and have been collaborators ever since. They have developed two separate series for Comedy Central: "Exit 57" and "Strangers with Candy". In addition to TV work, Dinello and Colbert are successful screenwriters. Stephen Colbert was born in Washington, D.C. on May 13, 1964 and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a published author, comedian, and television host who is well-known for his spin-off series of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report. In 1986, Colbert graduated with a theatre degree from Northwestern University. After graduation, he joined the Second City comedy improv troupe in Chicago. While there, he met Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello with whom he developed the award-winning sketch comedy series Exit 57. In 1997, Colbert joined Comedy Central's The Daily Show where he was a correspondent and writer for eight years. He, along with the other writers of the Daily Show, received three Emmy Awards in 2004, 2005, and 2006. In 2005, he left The Daily Show and began hosting his own television show, The Colbert Report. He was nominated for three Emmys for The Colbert Report in 2006, and in 2008, he won the award as a writer for The Colbert Report. He is also the recipient of three Peabody Awards. Colbert is published author whose 2007 book, I Am America (And So Can You!) made number one on The New York Times Best Seller list. His 2012 title America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't: Now in 3-D High-Def Depthiness! also made the New York Times Best Seller List.
Published October 22, 2008 by Grand Central Publishing. 304 pages
Genres: Cooking, Humor & Entertainment, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Entertainment Weekly

Nothing makes them feel more alive.'' On guest etiquette: ''Never try to out dress the hostess unless you are the guest of honor, or a transvestite.'' Add in a slew of (non-joke) recipes and some curiously handy tricks with panty hose, and you've got one hell of a how-to.

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USA Today

Despite their wacky names, these dishes seem mighty tasty: I Remember the War Cubed Steak, Billy Goat Tin Can Potatoes, Pick Pocket's Pocket Stew, Strawberry Pretzel Salad and Witchy-Poo Love Potion.

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About.com Bestsellers

Take a leap and accept Amy Sedaris’ invitation to her world of hospitality.ProsI Like You is a send-up of a traditional guide to hostessing full of glossy photos and trite tips.If you can ignore the unappetizing photos, the recipes sound appealingThe book is full of visual gags, including a Cindy...

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You'll just have to get the book for yourself so that you can enjoy these wonderful tips - and be sure to do so before your next party as you'll certainly want to incorporate some of her advice into your party planning.

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The Kitchn

While posting her section on being a good party guest here would be preaching to the converted, I wish I could find a way to share this advice with a certain few louts I've hosted.

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If you are looking for a quirky, yet serious, reference for the perfect party, the perfect food, or just simply becoming the perfect guest or host, then I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris will be just right for you.

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