Mostly Plant-Based Platters & Boards: Gorgeous Spreads for Clean Eating and Great Gatherings

Castle Point: Macmillan. Oct. 2023. 160p. ISBN 9781250282255. $25. COOKING
In her first cookbook, Dixon, creator of the blog Platter Girl, presents an array of colorful, fresh charcuterie boards, except that these focus on versatile options for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike. The spreads feature easy and impressive offerings that can be put together without fuss and use a range of largely accessible (in the U.S.) ingredients, with sweet and savory varieties to serve as sides, appetizers, or a nicely balanced addition to a potluck. Photos and plating tips make it easy to visualize each board, while guides on board prep, serving estimates, and how to plan ingredients and create themes invite users to combine textures and play with appearance to create a satisfying board. The book also includes recipes for basic dips, a guide to seasonal fruits and vegetables, and an index that makes it easy to reference ingredients and boards based on theme.
VERDICT With a mostly plant-based selection of ingredients, these boards are a fresh spin for snacking, grazing, and light meals with friends. Full of creative pairings that will impress, Dixon’s cookbook is perfect for anyone who wants inspiration for hosting their next event.
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