I love to cook, but certainly don't consider myself to be anywhere near a professional when it comes to preparing meals and appetizers. The same goes for entertaining.. I really like being a hostess, although it's more of an occasional thing rather than every week, but it's still very enjoyable when I get the time/chance. This is why Food with Friends by Leela Cyd is the perfect book for someone like me.
The book contains many recipes that are easy to throw together, but still more elevated than a cheese plate/veggie platter for a simple weekend gathering, but also provides more complex options when you really want to impress your guests. I can see myself making the pickled fig, pistachio and ricotta canapes for a summer date night at home, or whipping up a batch of the vegan hot chocolate with coconut cream for a family get together around the holidays. There are endless options for a variety of different events.
I love how these recipes are healthy, based on fresh ingredients, and inspirational for every season. The spring green couscous cups, purple cauliflower hummus, and chopped radicchio salad are ideal for those hot summer days when you just want something refreshing. I also plan to try the mango sorbet rose sparkler as soon as possible! It sounds like the absolute perfect summer drink to enjoy on a hot evening.
If you feel like you're in a cooking rut and need some innovative recipes that are still completely do-able for beginners, I would definitely recommend picking up a copy of Food with Friends. I know that my copy will certainly be getting a ton of use!
* I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own.*