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Gift Guide: 5 Books for the Ultimate Hostess in Your Life

We recommend gifting her with any of these five books for the upcoming holidays.

For the hostess in your life, you’d think: what else would they want to receive for Christmas? In the past years, a new set of placemats or napkin rings, or maybe intricate vases for their next tablescape are your go-to choices. But this time, why not go for something that will keep on giving, a reference that she will treasure?

Books are great sources of inspiration, not just for takeaways from the listed expert tips nor a peg from beautiful photographs in its pages. It’s a source of learning that the receiver will be able to apply in her next set up or gathering. And most times, knowledge is a gift well-appreciated. Show your love in wrapped hardbound with a nice ribbon on topmake her the ultimate hostess she’s meant to become.

So head to the bookstore and find these five titles on the shelves. On your next party, you’ll find that these manuals are great help in turning her event into something more momentous. Thank us later.

1. The Art of the Host: Recipes and Rules for Flawless Entertaining by Alex Hitz (P2,699)

Wall Street Journal dubbed Alex Hitz as ‘the very best host in the world,’ and for a reasonhe’s played host to the A-list and beau monde from Atlanta to Park Avenue to Beverly Hills. The author is a consummate entertainer and bon vivantwho can really cook. His style of entertaining is a mixture of elegance, comfort, wit, and always, a little decadence, and that’s what you’re going to discover as you flip the pages of The Art of the Host. Besides recipes and tips for ultimate party success, he also included common sense rules in this book, including the art of being a guest and what always or never to do as a thoughtful host. It’s the perfect read for those who are still establishing their signature hosting style!


2. Entertaining at Home: Inspirations from Celebrated Hosts by Ronda Carman (P2,699)

Learn the lessons straight from the leading tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, architecture, culinary arts, and society. Showcasing gatherings from the likes of Lynn Wyatt, Suzanne Kasler, Julia Reed, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Carla McDonald, and Danielle Rollins,  Entertaining at Home will treat readers on the secrets of entertaining with flair and finesse. From flower arrangements to compiling killer playlists, or from coming up with a smashing dinner menu to setting up your table in themes like a summer social party in New Orleans to a lavish winter smorgasbord holiday dinner in Washington, D.C., this books is an essential in every hostess’ must-read list.


3. A Great Party: Designing the Perfect Celebration by Bryan Rafanelli (P3,299)

Get acquainted with one of the best wedding planners in the world, as voted in Vogue. Acclaimed event designer Bryan Rafanelli shares his philosophy for creating artful celebrations that convey beauty and elegance in his debut book. Find 'Rafanelli's Rules' and take note of how he hosts great celebrations, from considering a room's surfaces such as the floor, walls, and ceiling, to how adding guests will change what you see. He shares his thoughts on the importance of enhancing what's already part of a space rather than obscuring it, and a whole lot of inspiration from his past projects that you can apply to the upcoming festivities.


4. The Recipe: Classic Dishes for the Home Cook from the World’s Best Chefs by Josh Emett and Kieran E. Scott (P2,399)

A good hostess is an expert in the kitchen, too, and this book will further introduce you to well-loved dishes that will impress even the pickiest of eaters. Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett brings together more than 300 of the most important classic recipes by 150 of the world's most acclaimed chefs to create a kind of Larousse Gastronomique of the 21st century. The author, who’s also known for opening Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at the London Hotel in New York, had tested everything and included guidance and advice for the home cook, too. It’s time to perfect that sauce and improve a classic favorite after you finish leafing through its contents.


5. Bake: Breads, Cakes, Croissants, Kouign Amanns, Macarons, Scones, Tarts by Rory Mcdonald (P2,399)

Delight the guests with the perfect pastry to serve in your party. Author Rory Mcdonald reveals in Bake the secrets behind his renowned cakes and baked treats, which have earned him a place in the top 10 pastry chefs in the U.S. In this book, he offers new ideas to encourage readers to experiment with their own combinations and flavors to incorporate in classic treats like doughnuts and eclairs. A bonus: Next-day recipes are also included, so come the next day, every piece that remained from last night’s merriment will be given a new life. Neat, yes? 

All books are available at National Bookstore.