Sunday, May 19, 2024

Gathering Boards by Sarah Zimmerman Tuthill, Reviewed

I am a bit charcuterie board obsessed, which is why whenever I see a unique board, book, or card deck relating to the subject, I succumb. What can I tell you? I love cute food. I also love easy and relaxed food and entertaining.
Gathering Boards by Sarah Zimmerman Tuthill (scheduled for publication June 4, 2024) is one of the best books on the subject that I have seen. More text than photos, although there are plenty of those, I enjoyed reading about Sarah and what she’d learned from her mother, as much as I did reading about the various ways to make food boards to serve, to gift, and to pair with cocktails. If you only buy one book on food boards, make it this one. 
Sarah stumbled upon food board entertaining quite by accident. Her mother (to whom the book is dedicated), like mine, knew that if you’re serving cocktails, you also need to serve nuts. Sarah took it one step further, grabbed three different types of nuts, dumped each into its own bowl, added bowls of olives, and put everything on the entrance hall table. When her evening of entertaining was over, no one commented on the dinner over which she had slaved, but more on the clever way that she had served snacks. I loved that story.
Everything that you need to know about charcuterie boards is in this book, from selecting an appropriate board, choosing your cheeses, choosing the proper knives, prepping, arranging, and serving. Not only that, but there are photos and ideas for making specialty holiday boards for holidays like Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Mother’s Day. Her “Lakeside Snackle Box” is one of my favorites, and one of her most inspired. All ingredients are assembled in a [clean] tackle box, making it not only immensely clever, but perfect for Lakeside or Seaside dining.
There are special sections in the book containing information and ideas on every day gathering boards for winter, spring, and summer, making seasonal entertaining so easy for you. You will also find recipes for cocktails, snacks, and making your own cheese spreads.
 I don’t think I have seen a book on the subject as cleverly put together as this one. From the beautiful photos, to the various recipes for accompaniments such as cocktails and dips, to the delightful stories of her youth, this is one of the most informative and readable books you’ll find.

Many thanks to NetGalley, publisher Globe Pequot, and Sarah Zimmerman Tuthill for providing me with an advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Linda said...

Look like a book I would love! My husband makes charcuterie boards, so naturally I love using them. We just don't have a lot of opportunity to entertain with them!

Marie Smith said...

It looks like a great book! said...

This sounds like a fabulous book Pattie! I gave my daughter a book about charcuterie boards, The Art of the Board,several years ago for her birthday and she had a lot of fun with it. She decided to have a charcuterie party for her December supper club
She asked each couple to each bring a themed charcuterie board
and the winner would get a prize! She did a taco theme for her board. One of the guests did a smoked sausage board, one friend did a hot dog board, and one brought a Christmas tree dessert board. They had so much fun and all the boards were creative and beautiful. I thought that was such a great party idea. You can read about it on my blog post here: I can't wait to see what recipes you try from your book!