âEffortless Entertaining Cookbook: 89 Recipes That Will Impress Your Guests Without Stressâ by Meredith Steele, Page Street Publishing Co., $22.99, 223 pages, paperback
Would you love to throw a party but worry you donât know how to prepare creative, yet easy, dishes that will leave you time to enjoy it?
Look no further than recipe developer and food photographer Meredith Steeleâs cookbook, âEffortless Entertaining Cookbook: 80 Recipes That Will Impress Your Guests Without Stress.â In it, Steele, publisher of the blog SteeleHouseKitchen.com, offers interesting recipes, drink pairings, and plenty of tips and tricks for hosting both simple and more elaborate get-togethers.
She organizes her book by season and 16 menus. For example, the spring section suggests recipes for brunch, Easter lunch, a sunset garden party, and dinner with friends. Summer ideas include a backyard seafood boil, fiesta taco bar, a summer soirÃ©e and an Indian summer cookout. The fall section includes a menu for Thanksgiving, of course, and winter has ideas for a big holiday gathering. Winter is also where youâll find tips for setting up a Champagne bar.
Recipes range from JamÃ³n Serrano Manchego Wraps with Quince Paste, Carrot Ginger Soup with Mint Cashew Pesto, and Beeâs Knees Cocktail with Thyme Honey to super-simple-to-make Orange Scented Palmiers. Each recipe is illustrated with a lovely, full-color photograph.
âEffortless Entertaining Cookbookâ is a terrific choice for either a novice or accomplished party host.
Steeleâs Orange Cardamom Cookies recipe, which also includes pistachios, is on her Easter menu. She suggests using both icing and decorating sugar, but I preferred to decorate with chopped pistachios. Either make a lovely presentation.
Cheramie Sonnier is a food writer and…