Boards and Spreads: Shareable, Simple Arrangements for Every Meal

Clarkson Potter. Aug. 2022. 192p. ISBN 9780593236246. $24. COOKING
Librarians may have noticed that books about boards are trending. Creative build-your-own entrées make it easy to satisfy a crowd of any age or dietary restriction while a board’s “serve yourself” character lets guests control portions. Even better, they look impressive on the table. Fahr, the author of Keeping It Simple, takes it to the next level in her second cookbook. What makes this offering distinctive is that she moves beyond boards designed for a nosh and offers solutions for entertaining crowds on a variety of occasions. Most recipes are quick and easy and include pantry solutions for impromptu get-togethers, more sophisticated parties, even picnics. The food styling is aspirational and inspirational, prompting readers to start digging through the hutch for the perfect dish. This book is recommended for collections on parties and entertaining but can also serve double duty for families with picky eaters looking for flexible recipes for weeknights.
VERDICT Whether hosting a dinner party or a sleepover, readers will find fun recipes and eye-pleasing, and crowd-pleasing, solutions for all their entertaining needs.
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