Cookbook Crush: Everyday Entertaining
Elizabeth Van Lierde's debut cookbook will make you want to break out your "good plates" and fire up the group chat.
Gathering-remember that? While the pandemic has changed how we get together, it’s certainly driven home what’s most important: being with the people who make you smile the widest. The setting just may not be at a fancy restaurant or a crowded bar. But as we head into Labor Day Weekend, I’m more excited than ever to have my people over and sharpen my hosting skills.
Enter Elizabeth Van Lierde’s debut cookbook, Everyday Entertaining: 110+ Recipes for Going All Out When You’re Staying In. Elizabeth, professional hostess-with-the-mostess and brains behind The College Housewife, is on a mission to make entertaining at home more fun and approachable for the twenty-something set. Her happy, colorful collection of recipes, from easy appetizers and fizzy cocktails to impressive mains and indulgent desserts, plus tips and tricks for hosting like a pro (hello, restaurant-style cheese board), had me instantly dreaming up my next get-together. Elizabeth brings her casual, laid-back California vibe to the art of gathering, and Everyday Entertaining is like a bundle of Friday night dinner parties, breakfast pizza and Bloody Mary brunch bashes, and backyard cookouts waiting to happen.
So far, the perfectly crispy-outside, gooey-inside Miso Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, inspired by London's Crème dessert bar, were the star of the show during Bachelor Monday and have earned a rightful spot in my weekend baking rotation. The Lemon, Herb & Feta Orzo Salad made for a photo-worthy centerpiece dinner, with leftovers that made next day’s WFH lunch a few notches fancier.
Whether you're looking for your next no-fail, go-to crowd pleasing appetizer ahead of Labor Day weekend, studying up before hosting your first full-course Thanksgiving, or elevating the after-work date night (sans the bar tab), Everyday Entertaining is a welcome reminder of what hosting can and should be: fun and creative. So light that splurgy candle, break out your upper-shelf glassware (I’m looking at you, impulse-purchased pink coupettes), and turn a home-cooked meal into a special occasion.
Grab a copy here.