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Bad wine, worse food and lingering silences: my three weeks of dinner party hell

Emma Beddington is the first to admit she’s an awful host. So can she conquer her fear of dinner parties?When I moved into my first flat, one of my earliest purchases was Nigella Lawson’s How to Eat. I was on the cusp of adulthood, and it encapsulated everything I imagined my new grown-up life would be: effortless weekend lunches, laughter and “Extravagant but still Elegant Dinner for 8” (ceviche with hot garlic potatoes, tenderest chicken, chocolate raspberry pudding cake) in the company of poets and celebrities. But 20 years later,...

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Published By: theguardian.com - Sunday, 8 April