Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food to Share by Kristin Donnelly has just been served up in the Ridley High School Library! The author created this eye-catching new cookbook “to give people updated, foolproof, crowd-pleasing recipes that will hold up on the buffet table and are also just a little bit impressive.” True to its subtitle, Modern Potluck is full to the brim with absolutely beautiful food that’s designed to share.
Modern Potluck is organized in a traditional fashion, with chapters dedicated to snacks, salads, slow-cooked dishes, casseroles, side dishes, and sweets. My favorite feature is the introductory section on “Rules of the Potluck.” Here, Donnelly presents helpful lists of what makes a great potluck dish, what hosts should know, and what guests should know. Her suggestions for potential potluck themes are inspired: global street food, your grandmother’s favorite recipe (your way), local pride, stand the heat, and more. There’s also a note about food safety, an especially important consideration for potluck food that may spend hours on a buffet table.
Most recipes are accompanied by full-page, full-color photos like the spice-roasted carrots with lentils that appear on the book’s cover. There’s also a helpful “Potluck Prep” tip for each dish, as well as a note about which recipes are gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian. Donnelly features some truly inventive recipes:
- No-Bake Sweet Pea Enchiladas with Sofrito and Seeds
- Samosa-Filling Stuffed Poblanos
- Smoky Squash Mac & Cheese
- Kimchi and Kale “Caesar” Salad
- Spiced Carrot and Goat Cheese Strudel
- Plum-Ginger Coffee Cake with Coconut
The only downside? Well, as you might have guessed already, these recipes aren’t really designed for beginner cooks. But whether you’re a first-time foodie or a potluck pro, you’ll find a mix of motivation and inspiration in this book’s delectable pages.
Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing a copy of Modern Potluck in exchange for an honest review!