My fondness for food served on boards and platters is well documented on these pages, so you can understand why I am in love with this book: Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion by Shelly Westerhausen, with Wyatt Worcel.

About Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion by Shelly Westerhausen:

“This visual cornucopia of a cookbook is the guide to entertaining with effortless style. Celebrated author and food blogger 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. Helpful advice includes tips on portioning, picking surfaces and vessels, pairing complementary textures and flavors, plus a handy chart featuring board suggestions for a variety of occasions (from holiday parties to baby showers). Platters and Boards is an inspiring housewarming or hostess gift and resource for throwing unforgettable get-togethers.”

Flipping through this book has given me tons of great ideas to spice up my own boards and the courage to try something daring.

Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion by Shelly Westerhausen, with Wyatt Worcel is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.