Food with Friends The Art of Simple Gatherings by Leela Cyd is book full of fancy, froo-froo recipes. Secret Ingredients (1st chapter) and Tiny Takeaways (last chapter) were my 2 favorite chapters with great tips and ideas on styling food and table decor. Many of the recipes call for ingredients I’m not sure where to find. For example, Candied flowers (p. 54), butter lettuce (p. 119), and bee pollen (p. 88).
There’s a few recipes that I’m anxious to try, such as the Bananas on Fire (p. 28) and The Best Black & White cookies (p. 67), and the Chocolate Sandwiches with Caramel & Peanut Butter (p. 148-149). The Coconut Lamingtons (p. 167) and the Tartines & Small Toasts (p. 85) look interesting and may just have to add those to my list as well. However, I’m not so sure about the South Indian-Style Veg Cutlets (p. 98) or the Chard Empanadas with Pistachio Crema (p. 106). I’d recommend this cookbook to anyone who enjoys froo-froo recipes to share with all your epicurean friends.
I am thankful for Blogging for Books who sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.