Together: Memorable Meals Made Easy

Flatiron. Nov. 2021. 360p. ISBN 9781250821799. $35. COOKING
In his latest cookbook, Oliver (The Naked Chef) takes 18 different scenarios and events and plans out a full meal for each. These occasions range from “Taco Party” and “Celebration Roast” to “Picnic Love” and “Curry Night.” Depending on the occasion, menus include appetizers, entrées, sides, desserts, sometimes even a drink. Each recipe (Scrumptious Garlic Bread; Crispy Chickpea Rice) is meant to stand alone, so readers can mix and match for their own personal celebrations or maybe just a weeknight dinner. Measurements and oven temperatures are given in standard units, and the recipes are straightforward and not at all “chef-y.” The recipes are written with entertaining in mind, so they call out preparations that can be made ahead. Beautiful pictures of the dishes and of Oliver with his friends and family give the collection a festive feel.
VERDICT There are plenty of great dishes here, organized in an interesting and attractive format. A helpful book for home cooks looking for resources on entertaining or party planning.
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