Purcell Sisters Interview

Purcell Sisters Interview

I had the chance to chat with the Purcell Sisters creators of an amazing website devoted to hosting parties and the food, trends, and etiquette that should accompany them.  If you’re looking for great party advice and some awesome app and small plate recipes this is the place to go.

Interview with Lauren Purcell, of the Purcell Sisters

Lauren:
Andy —Thanks again for featuring us. Here are the answers to your questions. (Oh, and just so you have the info in front of you, the Purcell Sisters’ full names are Lauren Purcell and Anne Purcell Grissinger.)

Andy:
You’ve published a book correct?  What is the book’s name and what is it about?  Does it contain recipes as well?  Who should buy the book?  Where can people get it?

Lauren:
Our book, Cocktail Parties, Straight Up! Easy Hors D’oeuvres, Delicious Drinks and Inspired Ideas for Entertaining with Style (we know—long title!), is a stylish but totally unstuffy guide to throwing amazing cocktail parties. Obviously, we’re sisters, and this book is like having a trusted, tell-it-like-it-is sister by your side; it’s full of details other books don’t tell you—exactly how many people to invite and how much food to prepare; how to head off common pitfalls like running out of ice or going over budget; how to make sure you can get everything done on time—without hiring paid help. Plus, it’s got more than 70 delicious recipes for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Basically, Cocktail Parties, Straight Up! is aimed at people who love the idea of creating a warm, wonderful, stylish evening for their friends and acquaintances—but want to do it without sending their stress levels soaring! You can read an excerpt of the book on our website, PurcellSisters.com, and you can buy it on Amazon.

Andy:
Do you have a favorite cooking style / recipe / cooking website?

Lauren:
We know it sounds like marketing, but for recipes, we actually do turn most often to our own site, PurcellSisters.com. We’re very, very proud of the recipes we created—they’re all totally doable (we had them tested by “regular” people, not chefs or test-kitchen experts) and these are all hors d’oeuvres and cocktails that we’ve actually served at parties, so we know they’re crowd-pleasers. (In fact, we still serve them to our own guests. When we branch out, thinking that people must be getting tired of some of these dishes, someone invariably says something like “But where are the Moroccan Lamb Meatballs? I’ve been looking forward to those!”) We’re also constantly coming up with new cocktail and food recipes, and we share them in our e-newsletter, Sisters’ Secrets to Confident Entertaining, so there’s always something new at the site.

Andy:

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today Lauren and thanks for the great recipes!

Visit Purcell Sisters Recipes – www.purcellsisters.com

Posted by Andy Theimer September 29th 2009
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