COOKING & FOOD

That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life: Creative Gatherings and Self-Care with the Cheese by Numbers Method

Dial Pr. May 2020. 304p. ISBN 9780593157596. $28. COOKING
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Much like a paint-by-numbers kit, this creative collection by photographer and food stylist Mullen, founder of the community That Cheese Plate, lays out a large variety of cheese boards so that anyone with access to the ingredients would be successful in putting a board together. If food is art, the cheese boards depicted here certainly qualify, with helpful illustrations by Sara Gilanchi. Chapters are organized by ingredient type, and each plate is laid out by number, with step-by-step photographs allowing home cooks preparing for a night of entertaining to follow along. Numbers correspond to ingredient lists divided by type, such as cheese, meat, produce, dip, crunch, etc. Recipes are included when a board calls for something more than slicing, such as homemade hummus or balsamic glazed skewers. Bonus content includes seasonal menus, and divining cheese plate by astrological signs.
VERDICT Similar to her popular community, this fun book by Mullen will appeal to cheese lovers, and people who enjoy hosting and entertaining with food as art.

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