Entertaining 1-2-3, Little, Brown, 1999
James Beard Award, winner, best cookbook, entertaining category (1999)
IACP/Julia Child Award, nominated, best cookbook, entertaining category (1999)

A founder of the new culinary minimalism, Gold has created highly imaginative recipes that are remarkably flavorful. In Entertaining 1-2-3, she applies her revolutionary three-ingredient formula to every aspect of entertaining, from cocktail parties and dessert buffets to cozy breakfasts for house guests. Options for “do-ahead,” table décor, wine pairings, and Gold’s “borderless” cuisine made the book a bible for stress-free feasting for family and friends.  It is here that her famous pesto-pistachio salmon was featured, and her cocktail chapter presaged the mixed drinks craze by more than a decade.  Gold, who has cooked for presidents and prime ministers, knows that keeping it simple can also mean making it elegant. Entertaining 1-2-3 embodies this idea with sumptuous four-course meals (using only 12 ingredients!) and glorious dishes for every day.

“You may wonder, can just three ingredients really result in dishes you’d want to serve your guests? Gold addresses that concern in a reassuring manner… and such creations as her Cornish hens stuffed with pancetta and sage; macadamia rice with basil; and warm marzipan-baked apples, provide concrete proof.” -Norman Kolpas, Bon Appétit

“I can’t think of any culinary professional who more compassionately addresses the problem of easy but scrumptious home entertaining…” -Myra Chanin, Jewish Exponent

 “When the Post-Gazette tested some recipes from the book, we thought they were, in a word, dynamite.  They could make a star out of any level cook, especially anybody who is a kitchen fraidy cat.” -Marlene Parrish, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“When it comes to finding just the right three ingredients, there is no strain, nothing recherché, no cheating, no silliness: just balance and clarity – some kind of perfect pitch."  - Elizabeth Schneider, award-winning author, Uncommon Fruits and Vegetables

 “New Year’s Eve 1-2-3!  One of the best solutions we’ve seen is inspired by cookbook author Rozanne Gold’s 1-2-3 easy entertaining concept.” -Cooking Light Magazine