Barry Zlatoper is not your typical wife and mother, by any measure, although she excels at both. During the course of 29 household moves in 38 years, she found the time to stand out as a hostess, triathlete, retail professional, dancer, and graduate student. But whether planning, directing and preparing meals for her children, for couples, at intimate dinner parties, or entertaining dignitaries in groupings from eight to two hundred, it was in the kitchen that her most remarkable talent emerged.

At the urging of her family and friends, Barry systematically culled the recipes that have proven favorites of her family and guests to create this beautifully personal cookbook.