Everyday Entertaining: 110+ Recipes for Going All Out When You’re Staying In

Weldon Owen. Aug. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9781681885889. $32.50. COOKING
With sections dedicated to dining alfresco, boards and platters, cocktails, dining in, date night at home, sides, holiday options, brunch, and sweet treats, this book has something for most, whether it’s planning a cozy night in, a meal to impress, or hosting an intimate gathering. Featuring a variety of sheet pan options and recipes requiring minimal prep, the offerings are perfect for hosting last-minute gatherings; most of the recipes are designed to serve four and work as either a side or a main. Tidbits such as “Cheese Knives 101,” a guide to hard seltzer, and a list of 15 ways to top a cracker provide an extra dose of inspiration. Van Lierde’s (The College Housewife blog) introduction to “first kitchen” essentials and entertaining basics have manageable guidance on equipment for those with small kitchens.
VERDICT Perfect for home cooks who live on their own and are ready to entertain. This book has a little of everything and is an excellent starting point to plan a small gathering, seek inspiration for a holiday menu, or enjoy a cozy night in.
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