A call to arms against BRUNCH . . . and a how-to guide for fighting back, from the hosts of the hit podcast and public radio show The Dinner Party Download
Society is under threat. The culprit? BRUNCH. Not merely a forum for overpriced eggs, brunch is a leisure-time-squandering hellscape, embodying all that is soul-killing and alienating about modern life.
How to fight back? By throwing dinner parties -- the cornerstone of civilized society! Dinner parties -- where friends new and old share food, debate ideas, and boldly build hangovers together. If we revive the fading art of throwing dinner parties the world will be better off, and our country might heal its wounds of endless division, all without having to wait in a 9-hour line to eat toast.
To that end, Brunch is Hell takes hesitant hosts through every phase of throwing a great dinner party, from guest list to subpoena. Loaded with wit, celebrity advice, and tongue-in-cheek humor -- plus sincere insights about how humans can be more generous to each other -- Brunch is Hell is a spirited guide to restoring civility, in the bestselling tradition of Adulting, Amy Sedaris' I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, and the Bible.
About the Author
Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano are the creators, hosts, and producers of The Dinner Party Download, a public radio show and podcast about culture and food named the "Best Food Podcast" from the Academy of Podcasters. They were named two of Food & Wine's "Forty Big Food Thinkers Forty and Under," and have appeared as judges on Top Chef Masters. They each write food, design, and travel articles for national print outlets.
"A spirited call to arms against brunch, with unexpected reasons for throwing a dinner party... the humorous guide hand-holds hesitant hosts through every phase."
"Equally informative, impassioned, and hilarious, Gagliano and Newnam rescue the dinner party from the dark forces of brunch with great verve and valor."
—J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
"Our fearless heroes offer a book full of the secret thoughts we all harbor about entertaining. It's social venting with real solutions--read: advice you'd WANT to use--and a heavy helping of humor."—Lizzie Post, author of Emily Post's Etiquette, 19th edition
"These guys are good."
"The icebreaker that helped public radio loosen up."
—Los Angeles Times
"This podcast has become our secret weapon at parties and events where we know there will be a lot of mingling."