Wow! A Modern Potluck cookbook! Well yeah, bring it on!
My 3 stars are because most of the recipes didn't really call me-but the 3 beautiful stars I am giving this book are strong and for everything else!
Seriously, me entertaining is me doing everything. Now since having kids, I cater whenever I can.
This book caught my eye and really inspired me to maybe break that habit and think about making future gatherings as a co-created event....with an inspirational recipe from this cookbook, allowing me to still be the highlight (hehe).
At my first reading through this book, I found it right off the bat to be elegant, artsy, and creative. The author's intention feels approachable and definitely fits the place for those of us who want to "up" our usual tried and true (and sometimes less healthy) potluck dishes for something more memorable and unique that truly has the potential to stand out in a crowd.
The "modern" in this book focuses greatly in the time we are in now-more veggies, healthier locations for meats, dairy and eggs, with more adventurous ingredients and spices here and there. The author is also including being conscious of diet restrictions that may be among your guests.
I also found this book giving a lot of great tips and suggestions, like adding salt throughout a recipe, rather than all at once-it actually matters! Garnishing and finishing dishes and lots of "potluck" rules are also highlights for me in this cookbook.
Every recipe includes a "potluck tip"-a tip for the pre and post serving of each dish. The author is also very detailed with her recipes and guides which are better served with it's appropriate season. That's pretty cool!
My particular favorite chapters are the Baked & Savory, Seasonal Deviled Eggs, New Crudites, Potato Salads for Four Seasons and Roasting Vegetables.
I will most likely be using this book for exactly what it's intended for-a modern potluck, but it really is also a great read for tips and suggestions that is for any time!