So, Food With Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings by Leela Cyd. Wow there was not much that was simple about this cookbook. I’m not talking about the recipes per se, more just the layout of the book.
Most of the recipes were simple, clean, and feel slightly exotic. Most ingredients used I recognized, while I did have to look up a few of them. One of the recipes that caught my eye right away was the Kale Slaw with Breadcrumbs, Lemon & Ricotta Salata. It just sounded so yummy.
While I think this cookbook would be good for a small scale get together (ideally no more than 10) I don’t think it would be good on a larger scale. Any party over 10. I would have a hard time with this cookbook because most recipes in here are serve immediately. So just make sure you are balancing out your meals accordingly.
One thing I did like about this cookbook were the gorgeous pictures. So much so that I was sad there were not more. That being said I wasn’t crazy about the layout of the recipes themselves. I can’t put my finger on it, but they just seemed cluttered.
Overall though the recipes can go 50/50. I mean did you really need a recipe for oatmeal toppings? But the Avocado Tartlett sounded really good. So this cookbook will either be a hit or miss with you. But hey I always tell my kids “You have to try it….but you don’t have to like it.”
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Unabridged Edition edition (March 29, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804187096
- ISBN-13: 978-0804187091
I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.