Big Night: Dinners, Parties & Dinner Parties

Union Square & Co. Jun. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781454952138. $35. COOKING
This entertaining debut cookbook from Lewin gives readers everything they need to successfully host get-togethers of all types. Lewin is the proprietor of Big Night, the NYC-based essentials shop that outfits homes and kitchens for entertainment. The book opens with hosting rules, which set the tone for having a good time cooking for company without stressing out. Chapters are seasonal and subdivided into menus with delectable recipes that work well together. Guides sprinkled throughout cover a variety of stress points such as timing, bartending, and setting the table, and recipes include helpful information about make-ahead options and other tips. It should be noted that recipes stand alone as well as go together, and suggested pairings and a sides matrix make the collection extremely versatile. The book design reflects the Big Night brand and is playful but easy to read, including a double-page photo of each menu in situ to provide table inspiration. This will be extremely popular with patrons who enjoy the practical yet relaxed style of Molly Baz and Claire Saffitz.
VERDICT Modern, playful, and extremely pragmatic, this collection on entertaining will breathe life into dinner parties.
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