I love potlucks. I like being able to bring one dish and getting to taste lots of different foods! I am always afraid of being one of a dozen pasta salads or just having a relative blah dish. This book has saved me from ever having blah potluck food again!
This cookbook is really incredible. It is neatly organized by genre of food. It goes into greater detail than just sides, entrees, desserts, etc. It has some fun and unique categories that really take the nature of potlucks into consideration. These include “Room-Temperature Main Dishes” and “Condiments & Other Things in Jars”. The pictures are also really great. They pop but don’t use any of the fancy plating or set ups that cookbooks can use. You know, the ones where you have to have a degree in art to get your food to look that good.
The recipes themselves are pretty straightforward but also contain a multitude of skill levels. You can make “Spiced Butterflied Lamb” (I want to go to that potluck), or take it down to fruit salad. The fruit salad recipe is more of a guideline and they give you different syrup recipes to dress up your fruit salad. They also give you several combinations in case you don’t want to think. I think one of the most stunning dishes happens to be the one featured on the cover, “Spice-Roasted Carrots with Lentils”. The combination of oven roasted carrots with a coriander, paprika, and cumin spice with lentils and fresh herbs really sounds like a side I just want to eat by itself! I will be using this book repeatedly because we have a lot of imppromptu potlucks and I no longer have to default to a pasta salad.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.