I am completely obsessed with Americas Test Kitchens newest book Boards: Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings, with Food Styling and Expert Advice from Elle Simone Scott.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a charcuterie lover. It’s not only my favorite way to eat, but also one of my favorite ways to entertain. I love finger foods and casual gatherings, and this book is so perfect in helping me to create some great boards and spreads. I got so many great new ideas from this new book and the photography is beautiful!
These days, a grazing board is so much more than just cheese and cured meat—it’s an interactive and low-key yet elegant way of presenting food. Boards- Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings will help you show off your effortless entertaining style with showstopping conversation-starting spreads that are sure to impress your guests but give you the flexibility to make or buy components as you choose.
In this book, America’s Test Kitchen cast member, and entertaining enthusiast Elle Simone Scott demonstrates her food styling and shares her tips for creating photo-worthy spreads, letting you in on trade secrets ranging from plating techniques to how she keeps things looking fresh on set (and all party long).
Boards has tips for hosts to shake up their own popcorn with a Movie Night Board complete with individual paper bags and a variety of sprinkle-on flavorings (ranging from Garlic-Herb to ramen seasoning) plus a DIY soda fountain with seltzer and simple syrups. Or, steps to create a low-lift Tapas Board by making our foolproof spanish tortilla and adding store-bought cheeses, olives, and tinned fish. Other highlights include:
- Gain confidence with the classics: Charcuterie and cheese board how-tos in the introduction help you achieve the perfect balance of texture, flavor, and visual appeal. With a list of questions to ask your cheesemonger and tips on arranging, you’ll have an appetizer that looks as good as it tastes.
- Take boards beyond cheese and crackers: Push the boundaries of what a “board” is with ideas like a customizable baked potato and DIY Bloody Mary board, or grilled vegetable platter, proving that all different kinds of food are more fun when served as a board.
- Choose your level of involvement: Whether you’re in the mood to cook or you’d rather pick everything up at the grocery store (or something in between) we provide recipes with suggestions for store-bought alternatives.
- Become an expert in stylish presentation: Professional food stylist, ATK cast member, and entertaining enthusiast Elle Simone Scott gives tips with every recipe, letting you in on trade secrets like making the perfect cocktail garnish, how to swoosh hummus and dips with confidence, and how she keeps food looking fresh on set (and all party long).
Boards- Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings
288 pages, Hardcover
$30 US / $35 CAN