It’s no secret that I love entertaining. And for me there are three things that are necessary for a successful afternoon or evening: good food, good wine and good company. It’s a recipe for success. When it comes to entertaining, I always feel like there is just that extra little bit of pressure because I do this food blogging thing. But the truth is, entertaining doesn’t have to be intimidating or scary because it’s more about who is at the table than what is.
Enter Jan Scott and Julie Van Rosendaal’s new book Gatherings: Bringing People Together with Food. I would consider this to be required reading for any home cook who loves to host or is looking to gain more confidence in their hosting abilities. Jan and Julie provide over a hundred approachable recipes along with all sorts of tips for serving and decor which will having you feeling like you could host a dinner party every weekend!
There are many things that I love about this book, but my favourite is the way the book is divided into different scenarios. They cover everything from weeknight dinner to birthday parties to book clubs. Gathering around food doesn’t always have to be a momentous occasion, because as the ladies say in their book “We connect around the table like nowhere else”.
Now that it’s December, a season full of gatherings, I wanted to try a simple appetizer from their “Cocktail Party” chapter. Over the years, I have developed some go-to, no-fail recipes for entertaining but where I like to change it up is with the appetizers. I always look for simple recipes that don’t require many ingredients or tons of prep. These prosciutto wrapped prawns fit the bill. And you can bet that they will be making an appearance at my annual Oscar Party this year.
I can’t recommend this book enough, and it’s the perfect Christmas gift for your friends or family who love to cook and gather around food. I think I’ll leave you with a favourite little quote from the book.
Food for thought
Food is our common denominator-it brings people together to celebrate, to comfort, to nourish and entertain in every country in the world.
Now, how fun is this – I’ve gotten together with a bunch of wonderful Canadian bloggers for a Gatherings blog tour – check out the posts below for more info on this great new book!
#GatheringsBook – the blog tour!
Mardi from eat. live. travel. write. Top tips on entertaining from Gatherings.
Mairlyn Smith chose Gatherings as one of her top new Canadian cookbook picks.
Charmian from The Messy Baker is writing about the Pecan Bourbon Blondies.
Isabelle from Crumb Blog made Nenshi Pie
Jenny from The Brunette Baker made pear and cardamom cream cheese tart
Stephanie from Clockwork Lemon made sweet and spicy mixed nuts
Valerie from A Canadian Foodie made “man candy” (bacon wrapped dates!)
Britt from My Daily Randomness made pulled pork with real baked beans
Robyn from Planet Byn made peanut butter honey granola
Libby from Libby Roach Photography made braised beef short ribs and Yorkshire pudding
Meg from Sweet Twist of Blogging made peanut butter balls
Disclaimer: Whitecap provided me with a copy of Gatherings for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links, thank you for supporting Living Lou!