COOK­ING WITH ZAC

De­signer Zac Posen is the host with the most (fa­mous friends). FOODIE BIO EMBRACE A CA­SUAL SET­TING DREAM DIN­NER GUEST COOK LIKE EV­ERY DAY IS HANUKKAH PARTY PLAYLIST

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Noth­ing says “fancy party” like im­mers­ing a crus­tacean in boil­ing wa­ter. This snappy tome guar­an­tees you’ll im­press guests. MUST­MAKE: Lob­ster lasagna.

“I grew up in New York with par­ents who were ad­ven­tur­ous eaters, so food has al­ways been an es­sen­tial part of my life. Now cook­ing is my fash­ion detox, and I love it be­cause it’s in­cred­i­bly giv­ing and gen­er­ous. I’m still us­ing my hands to cre­ate and in­vent— and I love be­ing able to share what I’ve cooked. I think that’s one of the most nat­u­ral hu­man ex­pe­ri­ences in the world.” NO- FAIL MEAL “My part­ner, [stylist] Christo­pher Ni­quet, is veg­e­tar­ian, so that’s what I cook mostly on a daily ba­sis, which has been fun. But for a din­ner party? Roasts are al­ways a win­ner.” “We’ve moved to an apart­ment, and we have a large is­land where we cook. For guests, I can set it up like a buf­fet. Then we can have more of a soiree set­ting in the liv­ing room.” Move over, Grandma’s fa­mous brown­ies: This is a book full of un­ex­pected takes on sweet, mouth-wa­ter­ing sta­ples. MUST-MAKE: Choco­late-chip hush pup­pies. “An­thony Bour­dain. I don’t know him, but, be­lieve it or not, non-fash­ion peo­ple of­ten make for more fun din­ner guests.”

“Fash­ion is about risk tak­ing. But when I cook, I think it’s bet­ter to make a lit­tle more be­cause we al­ways have peo­ple com­ing through. Christo­pher is French, so he doesn’t un­der­stand leftovers. I grew up Jewish: It’s im­por­tant. You never know who is go­ing to show up!”

“I don’t usu­ally play mu­sic dur­ing din­ner be­cause it’s too dis­tract­ing. I do put on mu­sic dur­ing cock­tail hour—any­thing from Chan Mar­shall to Ste­vie Nicks, and there’s lots of Patti Smith in our house. Patti is amaz­ing. Sur­pris­ingly, she wears our gowns—in black, of course. She’s a badass.”

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