The kitchen and the dining room are where we can truly learn life's lessons, and we learn through trial and error," Mrs. Whaley declares, as she sets about sharing her secrets for cooking delicious meals and serving them with style. As in the bestselling Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden, her approach to entertaining is a mixture of warmth, wry asides, and clever advice. Whaley offers up timeless do's and don'ts for today's hosts and hostesses, offering candid opinions on everything from selecting the guest list to handling cleanup. As a tasty treat, she supplies her one hundred favorite recipes -- including such regional favorites as Pawleys Island Crab Cake and Dancing School Fudge. Here indeed is a classic treasury for cooks and armchair chefs alike.