So you’re throwing a party this summer. Maybe the biggest you’ve ever hosted? Don’t panic. Putting out a huge batch of food can be intimidating, to say the least, but with the proper planning—and a few extra hands—the process becomes not only efficient but eminently achievable. We asked some of our favorite chefs and food authorities for their no-fail, large-scale recipes and tips on shopping, setup, and more. Follow their advice and you might even find that the prep can be just as much fun as the party itself

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