I didn't quite know what to expect before I opened the new cookbook by Leela Cyd, entitled Food with Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings. But the title sounded interesting, and the cover was really eye-catching.
Once I started to flip through the pages, however, I was immediately smitten. Absolutely smitten. Every single page had something I would want to make right now. Right. This. Very. Minute.
Not only is the book divided by types of special events (like breakfast & brunch, teatime, happy hour, potlucks and picnics, and my favorite: desserts), but it's also chockful of dishes that are anything but ordinary.
For instance, there's Blood Orange & Feta Stacks. Lemon-Poppyseed Dutch Baby. Purple Cauliflower Hummus. Polenta with Blistered Tomatoes, Walnuts & Thyme. And Blooming Flower Salad.
These are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many more. I would honestly be thrilled to serve any of them at a future function.
The photography in this also book is beautiful. The instructions are clear. And the writing is very conversational (which I love).
This is a must-read book for any level of cook!
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.