This isn't only a virtual encyclopedia of entertaining, but it is a titivating cookbook, a housekeeping manual, an etiquette book for the hostess (or the guest), and a delightful introduction to the author (if you are one of the few who don't know her). This is a budget conscious book -- a space conscious book -- a time conscious book- but most of all, it is a people conscious book. For to Carolyn Coggins, entertaining is a MUST, no matter how simply, an Open Sesame to the give and take of friendship. From the cocktail party (small or large), which makes it possible to see a great many of one's friends in this too crowded city life -- to the barbecue or clam bake or picnic, this runs the gamut of every kind of entertaining. There's the practical approach -- thinking the party through ahead, planning the combination of guests, the invitations, the food and drink. There are the ""Twelve Tricks to Make a Hostess""; there are loads of suggestions for special holidays and special kinds of parties; there's a judicious scattering of suggestions for games. This should be a standard in its field.