Amy Thielen's New Cookbook Aims To Take The Stress Out Of Last-Minute Parties

Attending a dinner party and hosting one are two very different things — and the latter, for many, can feel like a daunting task. Whether it's planning the menu, cooking enough food for a crowd, or creating just the right atmosphere, the act of entertaining can often become time-consuming and stressful. But that doesn't have to be the case: According to James Beard Award–winner Amy Thielen's upcoming book, "COMPANY: The Radically Casual Art of Cooking for Others," hosting doesn't always have to feel like a big deal.

Thielen's credentials — per her website — make her somewhat of an expert on the topic. After spending nearly a decade working for some of New York's most iconic chefs, Thielen returned to her home state, Minnesota, where she filmed the Food Network show "Heartland Table" from her rural kitchen. Now, Thielen is back to show home cooks that dinner parties can be just as fun for the host as they are for the guests.

Thielen's new cookbook release

Thielen's new cookbook is designed to demystify the art of entertaining for home cooks everywhere. According to a press release released by its publisher, its publisher, W. W. Norton, "COMPANY: The Radically Casual Art of Cooking for Others" will contain 125 recipes organized across 20 menus, covering everything from small, intimate get-togethers to giant holiday gatherings. With her easygoing approach, home cooks will learn how to relax in the kitchen and adopt key stress-minimizing tactics — such as choosing dishes that can be made in advance. Moreover, the recipes included in the cookbook feature options that work for omnivores and vegetarians alike.

According to W. W. Norton, the entertaining-focused "COMPANY" will be released this fall, on November 1, 2022. This will be Thielen's third book, noted the press release. Per her site, Thielen authored "New Midwestern Table" in 2013. In 2017, she followed her cookbook with the memoir "Give a Girl a Knife."