Jennifer Joyce is a teacher at Books for Cooks and Divertimenti in London. She writes for Elle Decoration, Olive and The Daily Telegraph where she is known for her simple-to-make dishes and helpful shortcuts. She lives in London.
Joyce, a London-based American food writer and cooking teacher, is the coauthor of Diva Cooking: Unashamedly Glamorous Party Food. Here she presents sophisticated recipes for delectable tidbits (some are finger food, but others do require a fork or spoon) perfectly suited to entertaining, whether for a casual get-together or an elegant meal. The recipes are organized into chapters, such as "Fried" or "Skewers," or by main ingredient, and each offers suggestions for several complementary recipes to serve alongside, as well as a few simpler dishes, described as "Buy and Arrange"-though most of these require a bit more than just setting out a plate of store-bought olives or charcuterie. There are also six full-scale menus (e.g., "Bollywood Nights"), each of which provides ideas for tableware and color schemes, a game plan, and a recipe for a special party drink. The individual recipes include prep times and useful make-ahead guidelines. All of the recipes are shown in mouth-watering full-color photographs, and the striking design adds to the appeal of the book. Strongly recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.