Tables & Spreads Cookbook Review

Tables & Spreads Cookbook Review

Title: Tables & Spreads: A Go-To Guide for Beautiful Snacks, Intimate Gatherings, and Inviting Feasts
Author: Shelly Westerhausen Worcel and Wyatt Worcel
Published: May 4, 2021, Chronicle Books
No. of Pages: 288
Cover Price: $27.95 Hardcover, $9.95 Kindle

Anyone who entertains will want to pick up a copy of Shelly Westerhausen Worcel’s and Wyatt Worcel’s excellent book, Tables & Spreads: A Go-To Guide for Beautiful Snacks, Intimate Gatherings, and Inviting Feasts. There are so many ways to serve food, and the authors set out beautiful ways to put different foods on tables in a way that will impress. They cover all aspects of setting up a spread – from cheeses, meats, vegetables, napkin folding, tablescaping, flowers, candles, music, etc. This is one of the most helpful books out there and takes a simple buffet to a spectacular, showstopper display. Not only is there a good definition of a spread, but there are dozens of suggestions, along with beautiful photographs, for different types of spreads. The authors have created a formula to plan a great spread, including timelines, basics, portioning and essential items to be included. Most recipes include styling notes and make-ahead game plans. The suggestions are absolutely doable, so readers won’t be intimidated. It seems anyone can follow the directions, include their personal ideas, and end up with something they are proud of.

The book includes menus and suggestions for themed spreads, and recipes for dips, condiments, breads, salads, dumplings, and cocktail bars. There are setups for holiday events, birthday parties, sports parties, a Valentine’s day fondue spread, a Martini Bar for New Year’s Eve, and a Dutch Baby Bar for Christmas.

If you like to entertain, you’ll definitely want to add this book to your favorite cookbook collection.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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