A current and popular way of entertaining is by offering combinations of food on individual charcuterie boards, but also entire tables of spreads, from appetizers to breakfast to beverages. Boards and spreads look appetizing and colorful and provide a way to introduce new foods and flavors. They show creativity while being easy to put together, whether it be for small gatherings or a large celebratory event. Author Maegan Brown wants to go “beyond the board” with spectacular spreads. Brown offers suggestions such as equipment you will need, what size plates, shopping tips, and even what to do with leftovers.
The book offers six spread ideas for Breakfast and Brunch, Lunch and Dinner, Special Occasions, Holidays, Desserts, and Drinks. Since we are approaching Thanksgiving and Christmas there are ideas and recipes for Thanksgiving Pre-Feast Snacks, Christmas Cookie decorating and exchanges, and snacks for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The Special Occasions include creative ideas for a Baby Shower Lunch, Popcorn Party, Tailgate Brunch, a Bruschetta Bash, Graduation Party, and more. Each spread has beautiful photos to show how it will look, but Brown reminds readers to add your own creative touches. Kids love helping in the kitchen and feeling a part of the process. They will learn new foods and even try unfamiliar flavors which is a bonus for fussy eaters.
If you enjoy entertaining you will love the recipes, or if there is no time to cook, it is surprising how a party happens with ready-made items. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, or a gourmet grocery store, spectacular spreads can be figured out just by walking down the aisles and keeping your eyes open for ideas. This book will help you figure it all out!