Best Tablesetting & Cooking Books
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1. Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion (Appetizer Cookbooks, Dinner Party Planning Books, Food Presentation Books)
Author: by Shelly Westerhausen
Bestselling cookbook shares the secrets to easy, attractive, and delicious spreadsWith 40 contemporary spreads to graze on presented with gorgeous photography, easy recipes, and helpful tipsAn inspiring resource for throwing unforgettable get-togethers:Platters and Boards is the guide to entertaining with effortless style.
Author Shelly Westerhausen shares the secrets to creating casually chic spreads anyone can make and everyone will enjoy (and envy). Organized by time of day, 40 contemporary arrangements are presented with gorgeous photography, easy-to-prepare recipes, suggested meat and drink pairings, and notes on preparation and presentation.
With recipes and presentation ideas for breakfast, brunch, appetizer, antipasto, charcuterie, and cheese boards to share with friends and familyMakes an inspiring bridal shower, housewarming, or hostess giftCelebrated cookbook author and food blogger Shelly Westerhausen is the author of Vegetarian Heartland and the founder of the blog Vegetarian VenturesFans of Cook Beautiful, The Art of the Cheese Plate, InStyle Parties, Magnolia Table, and Cravings will love Platters and Boards.
2. Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over
Author: by Alison Roman
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The social media star, New York Times columnist, and author of Dining In helps you nail dinner with unfussy food and the permission to be imperfect. Enemy of the mild, champion of the bold, Ms. Roman offers recipes in Nothing Fancy that are crunchy, cheesy, tangy, citrusy, fishy, smoky and spicy.
Julia Moskin, The New York TimesIACP AWARD FINALIST NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review The New Yorker NPR The Washington Post San Francisco Chronicle BuzzFeed The Guardian Food Network An unexpected weeknight meal with a neighbor or a weekend dinner party with fifteen of your closest friendseither way and everywhere in between, having people over is supposed to be fun, not stressful.
This abundant collection of all-new recipesheavy on the easy-to-execute vegetables and versatile grains, paying lots of close attention to crunchy, salty snacks, and with love for all the meatsis for gatherings big and small, any day of the week. Alison Roman will give you the food your people want (think DIY martini bar, platters of tomatoes, pots of coconut-braised chicken and chickpeas, pans of lemony turmeric tea cake) plus the tips, sass, and confidence to pull it all off.
3. Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings: A Cookbook
Author: by Karen Mordechai
Rediscover the art of cooking and eating communally with a beautiful, simple collection of meals for friends and family. With her dinner series Sunday Suppers, Karen Mordechai celebrates the magic of gathering, bringing together friends and strangers to connect over the acts of cooking and sharing meals.
For those who yearn to connect around the table, Karen’s simple, seasonally driven recipes, evocative photography, and understated styling form a road map to creating community in their own kitchens and in offbeat locations. This collection of gatherings will inspire a sense of adventure and community for both the novice and experienced cook alike.
4. Tables & Spreads: A Go-To Guide for Beautiful Snacks, Intimate Gatherings, and Inviting Feasts
Author: by Shelly Westerhausen Worcel
From the author of the bestselling Platters & Boards comes a beautifully photographed recipe collection and styling guide that shows you how to easily create lovely, abundant spreads for every occasion. Tables & Spreads is a must-have cookbook and resourceful styling guide from bestselling author Shelly Westerhausen.
Here are more than 60 easy-to-prepare recipes plus behind-the-scenes insight into creating a beautiful, inviting table for every occasion, including tips on choosing a theme, styling your food in creative ways, and achieving that “wow factor” with linens, flowers, music, and more.
There are 20 visually striking spreads that range from Ladies Night Lettuce Wraps to a Christmas Morning Dutch Baby Party, Dips for Dinner, and a Boozy Bloody Mary Bar. Rich with gorgeous and instructive photography, Tables & Spreads is inspiring yet totally accessible, perfect for home cooks who like to host gatherings of all sizes, and those who loved Shelly’s first book, Platters & Boards.
5. An Entertaining Story
Author: by India Hicks
Style icon India Hicks’s charming take on entertaining, featuring dreamy tablescapes, found centerpieces, and enjoyable family anecdotes. Daughter of the late David Hicks and goddaughter to Prince Charles, India Hicks is known for her irreverent take on style. In her previous books, she invited readers into her homes on Harbour Island and in England.
For her third book, India presents her own slightly madcap spin on entertaining. Organized by meal, the book begins marvelously with the most important meal of the day-cocktail hour-and ends with breakfast. In between, there are family suppers and big dinners, birthday cakes and Christmas crackers, great British breakfasts, quick teas and long lunches, mustard pots as vases, and bedcovers for tablecloths.
Like India, these stories are full of personality, from the Panic Dinner (or what to do when you suddenly have a crowd descending) to the Naked Cake (cake decorating for the harried or untalented) to a White Christmas in the Bahamas.
6. The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook: Heirloom Recipes for Modern Gatherings
Author: by Courtney Whitmore
Featured as a must-have in the December 2020 issue of Southern Living Magazine*Serve up classics and new favorites from a Southern perspective. In The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook, Courtney Whitmore shares her party go-tos, from appetizers and salads to entrees, drinks and desserts.
In addition to sharing modern twists on classics and beloved heirloom recipes from her family’s cookbooks (not to worry, no archaic methods or hard-to-find ingredients here), Courtney provides tips throughout to make the most of your gathering: try embellishing a plate with edible flower petals or create mini versions of a well-known dessert.
Courtney continues to be a trusted resource for creating delicious, party-friendly food to enhance any meal and every party. Consider this the only Southern cookbook primer you need. Growing up in the South, Courtney Dial Whitmore has always loved the art of presenting classic Southern foods with a modern twist and setting a tablescape with lots of pizzazz.
7. Cook Beautiful
Author: by Athena Calderone
Harry N. Abrams
The debut cookbook from Athena Calderone, creator of EyeSwoon, with 100 seasonal recipes for meals as gorgeous as they are delicious. In Cook Beautiful, Athena reveals the secrets to preparing and presenting unforgettable meals. As the voice and curator behind EyeSwoon, an online lifestyle destination for food, entertaining, fashion, and interior design, Athena cooks with top chefs, hosts incredible dinners, and designs stunning tablescapes, while emphasizing the importance of balancing the visual elements of each dish with incredible flavors.
In her debut cookbook, she’s finally showing the rest of us how to achieve her impeccable yet approachable cooking style. Included are 100 recipes with step-by-step advice on everything from prep to presentationfrom artfully layering a peach and burrata salad to searing a perfect steak.
Recipes include Grilled Zucchini Flatbread with Ramp-Pistachio Pesto, Charred Eggplant with Zaatar and Yogurt Tahini, Mezzi Rigatoni with Radicchio and Guanciale, Stewed Pork with Squash and Walnut Gremolata, Blood Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Bitters Glaze, and more. Organized by season, each section closes with a tablescape inspired by nature, along with specific table dcor and entertaining tips.
8. The Rituals of Dinner: The Origins, Evolution, Eccentricities, and Meaning of Table Manners
Author: by Margaret Visser
June 23, 2015
A New York Times Notable Book: A renowned scholar explores the way we eat across cultures and throughout history. From the wild parties of ancient Greece to the strictures of an Upper East Side meal to the ritualistic feasts of cannibals, Margaret Visser takes us on a fascinating journey through the diverse practices, customs, and taboos that define how and why we prepare and consume food the way we do.
With keen insights into small details we take for granted, such as the origins of forks and chopsticks or why tablecloths exist, and examinations of broader issues like the economic implications of dining etiquette, Visser scrutinizes table manners across eras and oceans, offering an intimate new understanding of eating both as a biological necessity and a cultural phenomenon.
Witty and impeccably researched, The Rituals of Dinner is a captivating blend of folklore, sociology, history, and humor. In the words of the New York Times Book Review, Read it, because you’ll never look at a table knife the same way again.
9. Entertaining Beautifully
Author: by Aerin Lauder
Rizzoli (October 13, 2020)
An invitation into the endlessly inspiring and unique celebrations of the iconic tastemaker and hostess, this elegant entertaining book reveals how to bring beauty, style, and joy into milestone events, holidays, or everyday moments and meals. Aerin is a lifestyle legend.
From an early age, she learned from her grandmother, Este Lauder, that any occasion can be beautiful if you take the time. In the pages of this stunning book, Aerin weaves a spell as she shares memories of beloved childhood traditions as well as those she has created with family and friends using her own unique blend of luxury and ease.
For the first time, Aerin also reveals how she thinks about hosting and how she sets the most gorgeous and inviting tables so that every gathering is unforgettable. Organized by season, this book encompasses more than twenty celebrations, from a spring floral dinner or a lobster-roll picnic on a boat to Thanksgiving leftovers in a log cabin and a white winter Champagne party in the city.
10. French Country Cottage Inspired Gatherings
Author: by Courtney Allison
Gibbs Smith (May 26, 2020)
A layered mix of tableware and flower arrangements set the stage for inspired entertaining. Entertaining starts with setting a fabulous table. In Courtney Allison’s signature French Country Cottage style, she showcases a myriad of romantic table settings for every occasion.
Courtney provides the styling expertise to host your own French Country Cottageinspired gathering, whether in the backyard, at the beach, under an old oak tree, or in a country barn. A simple picnic; coffee by the lake; a cheese board for friends outdoors; a bistro table for two; a long table for a formal mealeach setting exhibiting Allison’s dreamy style for you to emulate.
The pice de rsistance in every venue, any setting, is the gorgeous arrangements of seasonal flowers; Courtney’s bouquets will take your breath away, from spring to fall, for outdoors and inside. Courtney Allison is the author of the blog French Country Cottage and book by the same name.
She also has a floral line with Balsam Hill and works as a freelance photographer and stylist for magazines and brands.
11. Barefoot Contessa Parties! Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun
Author: by Ina Garten
After more than twenty years of running Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, Ina Garten published her first collection of recipes. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook was an overnight sensation, but it’s the kind of success that can only be grounded in years of experience.
In it, Ina shared her ideas for familiar food but with outstanding flavor and – most important of all – recipes that really work. Now, with Barefoot Contessa Parties! Ina shares secrets she has gleaned from her years not only as a caterer but as a dedicated party giver.
The keyword here is fun. Ina’s parties are easy to prepare and fun for everyone, including the host. Forget those boring Saturday-night dinners that just won’t end. With Ina’s advice, you’re certain to have all your friends saying, “Wasn’t that fun!”Ina has packed Barefoot Contessa Parties!
With plans for pulling off parties like a pro, stories about her own parties, and tips on assembling food (rather than cooking everything) and organizing like a caterer. In the spring you can invite your friends to a party where they all make their own pizzas.
12. Entertaining with Disney: Exceptional Events From Mickey Mouse to Moana!
Author: by Amy Croushorn
Celebrate your love of Disney with this gorgeous guide to creating magical and memorable events. Does your best friend love The Little Mermaid? Is your Lion King-obsessed sister hosting a baby shower? Would your family movie night benefit from a little Aladdin magic?
This is the party planning guide for you! Entertaining With Disney is the only official Disney guide to exceptional events ranging from Halloween pumpkin carving, elegant dinner parties, fun birthday bashes, and sophisticated New Year eve soirees. Written by party planning expert Amy Croushorn, this is a must-have event planning guide for Disney Princesses of all ages.
Over 90 years of Disney Inspiration in One Book. From Mickey Mouse to The Little Mermaid, to Frozen, this book is rich with Disney history and beloved characters. A party for every occasion. With ideas spanning Brunches, Barbecues, Birthdays and Dinner Parties, this is a true year-round event planning guide for all Disney fans.Elegant Recipes.
13. The Living Table: Recipes and Devotions for Everyday Get-Togethers
Author: by Abby Turner
DaySpring (April 27, 2021)
This practical devotional, hospitality book and cookbook equips the most intimidated hostess. Hosting doesn’t require food that takes all day to prepare. It’s also not about being perfect; it’s about offering care to one another and building community. What is on your dining room table right now?
Bills, laundry, maybe your kids’ soccer cleats? In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to start trading our dining tables for sofas and televisions, but what would happen if we started to see the table as the most important piece of furniture in our homes?
Just picture it: No TV.No cell phones. Just your family enjoying one another over a nice meal. In The Living Table, Instagram personality and home chef Abby Turner shares easy-to-recreate recipes and fun, DIY projects that take 15 minutes or less.
Each section starts with a first-hand account of the miraculous ways God has showed up at Abby’s table-how deep conversations have led to deep spiritual growth, how a new friend has become a forever friend, and how tears and laughs and mishaps have become treasured memories.
14. The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket
Author: by Marnie Hanel
Winner, IACP Cookbook Award A picnic is a great escape from our day-to-day and a chance to turn a meal into something more festive and memorable. The Picnic shares everything you need to plan an effortless outdoor get-together: no-fail recipes, helpful checklists, and expert advice.
With variations on everyone’s favorite deviled eggs, 99 uses for a Mason jar (think cocktail shaker, firefly catcher, or cookie jar), rules for scoring lawn games, and refreshing drinks to mix up in crowd-friendly batches, let The Picnic take the stress out of your next party and leave only the fun.
15. The Gift of Gathering: Beautiful Tablescapes to Welcome and Celebrate Your Friends and Family
Author: by Bre Doucette
Harvest House Publishers
Set the Table for Conversation and Connection When family and friends gather around the table for good food and fellowship, special memories are sure to follow. Create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with this creative collection of seasonally inspired tablescapes by popular decor blogger Bre Doucette (Rooms for Rent).
Entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful. Bre will walk you through every step of the process from planning the perfect get-together to adding special touches your guests will appreciate and remember. But it all starts with a beautifully set table.
No matter the season or reason, from casual to elegant, you’ll discover tablescapes for any occasion. Enjoy an enchanting orchard picnic in spring, an alfresco evening in summer, a festive friends-giving in fall, a reflective New Year’s soiree in winter, and eight other one-of-a-kind gatherings.
Throughout, you’ll find lavishly photographed details, unique decorating ideas, and spiritual inspiration. Specially selected Scripture verses and heartfelt prayers will help you invite God to any gathering. All of these gifts are waiting for you inside. Come join the table.