From the most casual outdoor get-togethers to holiday gatherings that call for a little more planning, The Half-Hour Hostess makes it easy to entertain the Southern Living way. For this title I was responsible for writing the text for this book, partnering with another editor who oversaw the visual aspects and organization of the book. Taking its cue from the popular "Half-Hour Hostess" column in Southern Living magazine produced by the magazine's Test Kitchen Director, Rebecca Kracke Gordon, every recipe in this book is ready in 30 minutes or less. We threw out the idea of traditional entertaining and replaced it with fun and fast gatherings instead of the fussy parties that you'd expect in a traditional entertaining book. With a photograph or two on every spread, each turn of the page offers ideas that are as much fun to look at as they are to use. Seeing just what the recipe or decoration will look like helps readers put together a party in style.