Maximum effort for minimum effort - this is Jo's working philosophy in matter of cuisine. For harassed but discerning cooks who love to entertain but who love to juggle booking with pressing activities, Jo Seagar has compiled an array of delicious, impressive recipes that are made in no time, that won't necessarily blow a hole in your budget but will certainly knock the socks off your guests. If you want to cook food that tasted wonderful and looks spectacular - food that looks as if you have spent hours preparing, but in fact was dazzlingly simple to put together - then read on ...this is the book for you. Jo Seagar is a sixth-generation New Zealander who holds a wire whisk and a conversation simultaneously. She adores entertaining and cooking for friends and always has a houseful of people staying. She enjoys country life, polo, pet lambs, old recipe books, trashy novels, good jokes and gardening. All this she does in Clevedon, where she lives with her husband Ross and children Kate and Guy.