Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tablesetting & Cooking - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Tablesetting & Cooking. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion (Appetizer Cookbooks, Dinner Party Planning Books, Food Presentation Books)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tablesetting & Cooking - August 2021

Bestselling cookbook shares the secrets to easy, attractive, and delicious spreads With 40 contemporary spreads to graze on presented with gorgeous photography, easy recipes, and helpful tips An 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 family Makes an inspiring bridal shower, housewarming, or hostess gift Celebrated cookbook author and food blogger Shelly Westerhausen is the author of Vegetarian Heartland and the founder of the blog Vegetarian Ventures Fans of Cook Beautiful , The Art of the Cheese Plate , InStyle Parties , Magnolia Table , and Cravings will love Platters and Boards . A visual cornucopia of a cookbook with 40 contemporary arrangements presented with gorgeous photography, easy recipes, and helpful tips including: Tips on portioning Guides to picking surfaces and vessels Recommendations for pairing complementary textures and flavors A handy chart featuring board suggestions for a variety of occasions from holiday parties to baby showers

  • Author: Shelly Westerhausen
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (March 20, 2018)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Main Courses & Side Dishes
  • ISBN: 978-1452164151
  • Dimensions: 7.75 x 1 x 10.5 inches

                 

2. Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tablesetting & Cooking - August 2021

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 Times IACP 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 friends—either way and everywhere in between, having people over is supposed to be fun, not stressful. This abundant collection of all-new recipes—heavy on the easy-to-execute vegetables and versatile grains, paying lots of close attention to crunchy, salty snacks, and with love for all the meats—is 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. With  Nothing Fancy , any night of the week is worth celebrating. Praise for Nothing Fancy “ Nothing Fancy is full of the sort of recipes that sound so good, one contemplates switching off any and all phones, calling in sick, and cooking through the bulk of them.” — Food52   “ Nothing Fancy exemplifies that classic Roman approach to cooking: well-known ingredients rearranged in interesting and compelling ways for young home cooks who want food that looks (and photographs) as good as it tastes.” — Grub Street

  • Author: Alison Roman
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (October 22, 2019)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Entertaining & Holidays
  • ISBN: 978-0451497017
  • Dimensions: 8.22 x 1.09 x 10.27 inches

                 

3. Entertaining with Disney: Exceptional Events From Mickey Mouse to Moana!


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tablesetting & Cooking - August 2021

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. Learn how to make Ariel’s Ocean Toast, Simba’s Charcuterie Board, Elsa’s Eggnog and many more Disney themed dishes, drinks, and desserts. — Stunning Decorations. Parties are more than just food! Dress up your event with easy to make items such as a “Never Grow Up” party backdrop, Magic Carpet Picnic Blanket, and a Maleficent Welcome Wreath.

  • Author: Amy Croushorn
  • Publisher: Insight Editions; Illustrated edition (September 24, 2019)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-1683836544
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches

                 

4. Rise and Run: Recipes, Rituals and Runs to Fuel Your Day: A Cookbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tablesetting & Cooking - August 2021

A cookbook and training manual dedicated to the most important part of the day for any athlete—the morning—from the New York Times bestselling authors of Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow .     Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky believe (and science confirms) that what you eat at the start of the day impacts everything: your mood, your work output, your cravings, your sleep, and even your long-term health. In Rise and Run , they turn their focus to the most important meal of the day, with over 100 recipes for nutrient-dense, indulgent breakfasts, recovery drinks, packable snacks, and best-of-all: twenty-four new Superhero Muffin recipes (both savory and sweet!).   These veggie-forward recipes can also double as lunch or dinner. Think Savory Red Lentil Oatmeal, Tempeh Sausage, Brunch Power Salad, Pesto Zucchini Superhero Muffins, Everything Bagel Muffins, and homemade breads, biscuits, cookies, and bars. Every recipe includes make-ahead tips for busy families, and they are crafted with the ideal balance of protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats to keep you sustained. But Shalane and Elyse don’t just leave it there. Along with recipes, they share expert advice from trainers and pros, as well as morning rituals, intention-setting tools, predawn running tricks, and injury-prevention advice. And, to top it off, Rise and Run includes a fourteen-week marathon-training program designed by Shalane that will have you breaking personal bests.   This book will teach athletes how to spend more time chasing the sunrise--without sacrificing the most important meal of the day.

  • Author: Shalane Flanagan
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Illustrated edition (October 5, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-0593232446
  • Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches

                 

5. Cook Beautiful


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tablesetting & Cooking - August 2021

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 presentation—from 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 décor and entertaining tips.    Cook Beautiful is where design meets food, where culinary tradition marries food styling, where home chefs become experts. These are luscious dishes to make for friends and family, with advice that will inspire you to create visually stunning, and still wholly delicious, culinary masterpieces.

  • Author: Athena Calderone
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (October 10, 2017)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Entertaining & Holidays
  • ISBN: 978-1419726521
  • Dimensions: 8.38 x 1.25 x 10.25 inches

                 



6. The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook: Heirloom Recipes for Modern Gatherings


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tablesetting & Cooking - August 2021

*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. In 2010, she launched her popular lifestyle site Pizzazzerie.com. Her work has been featured in Southern Living, HGTV, Better Homes & Gardens, and Martha Stewart. She is the author of five books: The  Southern Entertainer's Cookbook ,  Pizzazzerie: Entertain in Style ,  Frostings ,  Candy Making For Kids , and  Push-Up Pops . She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and daughter.

  • Author: Courtney Whitmore
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (September 8, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-1423653103
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.9 x 10.1 inches

                 

7. Entertaining Beautifully


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tablesetting & Cooking - August 2021

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, Estée 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. Mini-chapters on stylish family and friends like her mother, Jo Carole Lauder; Daniel Romualdez; Caroline Sieber von Westenholz; and Maria Hummer-Tuttle reveal Aerin's own entertaining inspirations, as does an "Homage to Estée" chapter about her legendary soirées. Aerin holds back none of her secrets, her tips, and her imaginative ideas in this unparalleled, lavishly illustrated, and irresistible volume.

  • Author: Aerin Lauder
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 13, 2020)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0847867523
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.94 x 12 inches

                 

8. Tables & Spreads: A Go-To Guide for Beautiful Snacks, Intimate Gatherings, and Inviting Feasts


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tablesetting & Cooking - August 2021

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 . Complete with timelines, shopping lists, diagrams, and more, this book includes all the tools you need to make every meal delicious and unforgettable. • NEXT LEVEL ENTERTAINING: Tables & Spreads takes easy entertaining to the next level with additional recipes and robust guidance on casual styling of beautiful platters and tables for any number of guests. • ON TREND: The simple but impactful guidelines in this book speak to the way people are eating and entertaining today—often casually, with beautiful presentation, and a "help yourself" mentality. This book teaches us how to do that elegantly and create gorgeous grazing tables whether you're preparing a "snack dinner" for one, a family brunch, or a large-scale wedding or holiday table. • FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS: Anyone can make successful, beautiful spreads with these easy-to-follow guidelines and visual inspiration. These grazing spreads offer low-effort, high-impact results with easily sourced ingredients to feed a crowd-perfect for anyone that loves to eat and entertain. Perfect for: • Fans of Shelly Westerhausen and of Platters & Boards • Ina Garten and Martha Stewart fans who are always looking for creative & tasty ideas • People who seek inspiration in tablescaping, arranging, menus, and party inspirations

  • Author: Shelly Westerhausen Worcel
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (May 4, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Main Courses & Side Dishes
  • ISBN: 978-1797206493
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 10.3 inches

                 

9. Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings: A Cookbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tablesetting & Cooking - August 2021

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.

  • Author: Karen Mordechai
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Main Courses & Side Dishes
  • ISBN: 978-0385345262
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.03 x 10.25 inches

                 

10. Barefoot Contessa Parties! Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tablesetting & Cooking - August 2021

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. Come summer, it's into the garden for a lunch with grilled lamb and pita sandwiches that guests assemble themselves. In the autumn, when it's not Thanksgiving, Ina roasts a fresh turkey, which her friends enjoy with popovers and a creamy spinach gratin. And on a snowy winter's day, everyone is invited for a lunch buffet with seafood chowder and butternut squash and apple soup. Ever since Ina published her first book, people write, e-mail, and stop her on the street to say how much they love the food. She's reached new heights here with recipes like sour cream coffee cake--the ultimate breakfast treat. Salads? The red lettuce, balsamic onions, and blue cheese; Chinese chicken salad; and panzanella may be the best you've ever tasted. Filet of beef is easy to make for a fancy dinner with oh-so-good gorgonzola sauce, or sliced into sandwiches and served with lobster rolls for a Superbowl party. And fans of The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook will be delighted to find the recipe for the Lemon Cake they drooled over but only saw pictured, right here in this book. With so many great ideas and recipes in these pages for you to use, your friends will start to wonder why your parties are always so much fun.

  • Author: Ina Garten
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1st edition (March 27, 2001)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-0609606445
  • Dimensions: 7.75 x 0.85 x 10.3 inches