About the book

Thank you for visiting the website of ‘Cooking for large numbers’ and I hope you enjoy finding out more about the book.

Doing your own catering for an event like a large family party or club dinner can be satisfying and enjoyable. You have the flexibility to organise it as you wish, and it’s likely to cost considerably less than booking a hotel or restaurant.

However, for the occasion to be a success, it needs careful planning. If you are a professional caterer with banqueting experience, that is fine. If you are not, this book is for you!

This practical guide is arranged in clearly identified sections, and includes suggestions on:

  •  choosing a suitable menu

  •  planning your time

  • preparing the room

  • calculating quantities and allowing for wastage

  • organising the cooking and dishing up

  • serving and clearing the meal

  • choosing suitable equipment and utensils

  • cooking a large Christmas dinner

  • serving the drinks.

There are suggested recipes for each course of the meal, including ideas for buffet and salad dishes. Because cooking for large numbers increases the risk of food poisoning, there is also a useful section on food safety. This is followed by some helpful advice on preventing accidents in a busy kitchen.

The book has over 140 pages with wide margins for your own notes and being spiral bound, opens flat on the work surface so there is no chance of losing your place. At the back of the book there are detailed conversion charts and a comprehensive but concise index that only lists informative pages.

Hopefully this book will remove some of the stress of catering for large numbers, so whether you are planning an event, cooking the meal, or doing both, you can actually enjoy it.


If you are catering for any of these: Christening, club dinner, wedding reception, family party, buffet lunch, dinner dance … Do read this book before making a start!

You can buy Cooking for large numbers through Amazon priced £14.50 + £2.80 p&p.