Tables & Spreads: A Go-To Guide for Beautiful Snacks, Intimate Gatherings, and Inviting Feasts

Shelly Westerhausen Worcel. Chronicle, $27.95 (288p) ISBN 978-1-797-20649-3
Worcel (Platters & Boards) returns with a charming guide to entertaining that’s as much about atmosphere as it is about cooking. “To help you end up with a visually cohesive, themed party vibe,” Worcel organizes things into two parts: Building a Spread—“platters, boards, and servingware... grouped together by a common theme”—and Recipes, Boards & Tables. She encourages readers to skip around as needed, finding a recipe in part two, then consulting the first for presentation; if the Smoky Carrot Bloody Mary is on the menu, for instance, one might peruse the glassware section in part one for a suitable vessel. With the recipes organized by theme—“Keeping It Casual,” “Interactive,” and “Holiday Showstoppers”—Worcel makes it easy to choose the motif. The Standard board’s spicy cantaloupe jam and pickled zucchini ribbons is a simple option, while those looking for a more involved endeavor could check out the instructions for a Pierogi Dumpling Party. Heading into the holidays, the salted pecan tart would be a great complement to a sweet spread. Smartly organized and thoughtfully written, this will appeal to aspiring and experienced party hosts alike. Agent: Cindy Uh, CAA. (May)
Reviewed on : 03/19/2021
Release date: 05/01/2021
Genre: Lifestyle
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