Company: The Radically Casual Art of Cooking for Others

Norton. Aug. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9781324001508. $40. COOKING
Thielen, James Beard Award–winning author of The New Midwestern Table, is back with her take on low-stress, high-reward hosting. Uniquely organized by the size and type of gathering, it will make readers immediately feel ready to take on entertaining. Each menu includes a variety of recipes that, when paired, are perfect for holidays, fun with friends, or just a good Sunday feast. Each is introduced by anecdotes and recipe origins, giving a good dose of charm to the work as well. The vivid, jewel-toned food photography is contrasted by black-and-white in-situ snaps of Thielen preparing for and enjoying the company of guests. Practical as well as pretty, an individual recipe index allows favorites to be revisited. The book is chock-full of tricks, tips, and shortcuts; Thielen even covers cleanup, creating a holistic approach that will have readers planning guest lists and writing invitations.
VERDICT There are plenty of options right now for cookbooks about entertaining, but don’t miss out on this distinctive offering, which will make long-lasting impressions on cooks and their guests. Thielen delivers again with warm, encouraging, and delicious menus that will have readers excited to plan their next crowd-pleasing event.
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