When Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden was published in the spring of 1997, Emily Whaley was proclaimed the embodiment of style and hospitality. This Christmas is the perfect time to read more of the late Mrs. Whaley in her book, Mrs. Whaley Entertains (Algonquin, $17.95, 1565122003). Here, the grandam of gracious living shares her unforgettable stories, practical suggestions, and recipes everything she knows about unflappable hostessing. From Men in the Kitchen and Table Manners to Shrimp Pie and Dancing School Fudge, this little book will entertain you and your guests over the holidays.

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