11/05/2013 01:34 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Hostess Secrets Inspired By Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield & More Bombshells

Some of us were graced with culinary chops, and others...less so. And now that the holiday and entertaining season is upon us, those of us without much prowess in the kitchen may be feeling a little performance anxiety. Sometimes it seems no matter how many food blogs we peruse or how precisely we follow every pie recipe, something just isn't quite right. Never fear. Take a tip from some of the most (outwardly) confident and capable women in history--Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Russell. That is, it's all about assembly, not cooking (and keeping the drinks flowing, of course).

As Laren Stover asserts in The Bombshell Manual of Style, "The most beloved of Bombshell party recipes involve not cooking, but assembly, which may take time. (Many bombshells have never used their own oven.) Someone always offers to run out and buy the eggs and other miscellaneous ingredients. The Bombshell keeps serving drinks until the small food is prepared. That is, until someone finally comes into the kitchen and helps. The Bombshell is not lazy. Being a sensitive person, she is generally more concerned with entertaining than cooking."

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