"I love this book!! A warm, welcome, and much-needed look at how to infuse some exuberance and personality into your dinner table; Whoopi, with a lifetime of dinner parties behind her, shows us how to do it! She is a perfect magpie for things that make us smile, her collections and presentations cross all boundaries: a table strewn with rose petals, Depression glass, hand-painted bone china, Clarice Cliff, every item with a story behind it. The best part is, in her incomparable Whoopi way, she shows us, no matter what our circumstances, we can do it too."
"Having been a guest at Whoopi's dinner party multiple times, I can say without hesitation that she accomplishes what no other host does. Her gatherings are elegant, but personal; formal but comfortable; structured, but relaxed. And most importantly, with nearly every plate, cup, napkin, and table ornament, you never forget that you are a welcomed guest in a warm nest constructed of Whoopi's character, humor, and personality." --Neil deGrasse Tyson, Whoopi's personal astrophysicist
"I am so thrilled about the arrival of this book! With her extensive knowledge of dinnerware, glass, silver, pewter, furniture, art, and style (just to name a few), Whoopi teaches us how make a dinner party all our own. So call your friends and family. It's time to take a seat at the table."
--Stacy London, TV host, author, and stylist
"Whoopi Goldberg's The Unqualified Hostess
illustrates the greatest gift of any African-American woman. She passes the gifts from generation to generation, from mothers to daughters. She delights her soul; the spirit of giving to guests visionary and culinary wonders, centered around simple, good eats."
--Andrï¿½ Leon Talley, contributing editor, Vogue
"In this glorious book, Whoopi shows us how to curate a colorful, cultural, visually delightful table setting that feeds your appetite for joy."
--Isabel and Ruben Toledo, artists/designers
"Whoopi is one of the most extraordinarily generous, unique, and warm people I've ever met. No two visits to her home are alike, from her table decor to the food she serves, but it's always 100% Whoopi. Her personal style is impossible to replicate, but the spirit of it is something everyone can learn from."
--David Rockwell, architect and designer
"It's a great privilege to be included in such a special gathering with such a remarkable and talented hostess."
--Hunt Slonem, artist