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Host with Confidence: French Secrets for Successful Dinner Parties

Anne & Bahia de Montarlot

Today, we are living a strange paradox. While cookbooks and home entertaining ideas are overflowing in stores and on the internet, Americans still view hosting at home as stressful, with an "all or nothing" approach. So why do French women not only entertain at home regularly, but also do it with pleasure? Because they instinctively and traditionally know the three main components of any hosting at home:- The ambiance- The psychology- The organization

This book is the ultimate and easy French secret checklist on how to create an atmosphere using décor, flowers, food and drink suggestions - all the while - being organized, sexy and psychologically confident. Welcome to our special world of connecting with others "à la maison".

Anne de Montarlot graduated with a distinction in 2003 from Sheffield university (UK) with an M.A. in counseling. Her other passion has been around food and conviviality. Anne was born in France, lived in New York, where she worked in finance and advertising, lived in Monaco and is now living and working as a psychotherapist and Life Coach in London. During her 25 years of expatriate experience, entertaining at home represented an anchor and has always been, for her, the best way of connecting with people.Born in Paris, and raised in New York, Bahia de Montarlot is a Franco-American entrepreneur and contemporary furniture designer for her brand, Bahia Style. She currently resides in Manhattan, N.Y. Prior to launching her own brand, Bahia worked in home decor for a decade for large retail stores in France and the United States. She graduated from Fordham University, and while a student, worked for the International Herald Tribune in Paris, France, as well as the United Nations in New York. Bahia has published articles for the New York Times  After hosting countless memorable dinner parties in New York, Bahia's friends pressured her and her sister to write a book that would share their unique knowledge. Hence the two sisters got down to the "nitty gritty" to co-author their first book, Host With Confidence: The French Secrets.