Modern Potluck is a cookbook and guide for today’s potluckers that delivers Instagram-worthy dishes packed with exciting, bold flavors.
These 100 make-ahead recipes are perfect for a crowd and navigate carnivore, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan preferences gracefully. With beautiful color photographs and lots of practical information such as how to pack foods to travel, Modern Potluck is the ultimate book for gathering friends and family around an abundant, delicious meal.
- Epicurious: Best Cookbooks of 2016
- New York Times: Holiday Cookbook Roundup
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About the Author
KRISTIN DONNELLY is a food writer and recipe tester and developer. Before launching her career as a freelancer, Kirstin was an editor at Food & Wine for eight years, writing about healthy eating and wine pairing. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their daughter. Visit her at EatBetterDrinkBetter.com.
Table of Contents
A Cook's Notes 12
Rules of the Potluck 16
Snacks, Dips & Drinks 20
Main-Course Salads & Other Room-Temperature Main Dishes 57
Slow-Cooked & Served Hot 91
The 9 × 13-Inch Pan: Casseroles & the Like 111
Supporting-Role Salads & Sides 137
Baked & Savory 171
Condiments & Other Things in Jars 219
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you only read the sample you shouldn't be leaving a review. This cookbook is full of interesting recipes and ideas.
Read the sample. 5 pages to explain salt??? Seriously. And the one recipe is how to make popcorn snack mix? ???? looks worthless to me.
Potlucks have been around for years. And sometimes the recipes are outdated or don't do well with the heat or long table time that potlucks often entail. So the author has created 100 recipes that work well with crowds, can sit on the table for a long time, and work well with the various food preferences that are around now. The recipes have notes about whether they are or can be made gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or dairy free. Each recipe is has easy to understand instructions and the book is loaded with beautiful color photography. I loved the photography in the book. Between the titles and the pictures, I was very hungry when I finished looking through the book. I appreciated the effort the author took into showing how the recipes were or could be altered to fit the various dietary needs. The recipes weren't your old tradition standards like green bean salad or macaroni & cheese. While the recipes were delicious, I did wonder if some of them were a bit too "different" for the mass majority, which is what you are trying to appeal to when cooking for a potluck. But maybe I'm wrong. Overall, this was a neat concept and I really enjoyed looking through and trying a few of the recipes. It's a book I'm going to keep and continue to use. I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
My husband's family gets together a few times a year for special occasions with a potluck meal together. Occasionally we go to a church or neighborhood potluck or the yearly potluck family reunion with my family. While I usually bring an old favorite, I thought Modern Potluck by Kristin Donnelly might offer some new ideas for a traveling dish. I especially enjoyed reading the introduction and cook's notes in Modern Potluck as I wasn't familiar with this author's background. She also offers some great advice and ideas here and throughout the book. She shares her tips on making perfect hard-boiled eggs, on choosing the right salt, cooking beans, tips on making a great fruit salad, and various other helpful hints. Recipe chapters in Modern Potluck include: Snacks, Dips and Drinks; Main Course Salads & Other Room Temperature Main Dishes; Slow-Cooked and Served Hot; The 9 X 13 inch Pan: Casserole and the Like; Supporting-Role salads & Sides; Baked and Savory; Sweets; and Condiments and Other Things in Jars. The recipes that really caught my eye were: several types of deviled eggs, Chinese Chicken Salad, Cornmeal-Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken to serve cold (gluten free optional), Healthy Root Vegetable Gratin, Many Bean Salad, Roasted and Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad, Vegetarian Borscht Salad, Mollys Scallion Pull-apart Bread, and Applesauce Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake. I wanted to make the Bundt Cake for my review but my Bundt pan is smaller than the 12-cup Pan required for the recipe. I liked that Modern Potluck has so many helpful tips and hints for potluck. I also like the full color pictures throughout the book that accompany nearly all of the recipes. One thing that I didn't like in this book was that some recipes require you to weigh the food called for in ounces, instead of giving the amount needed in cups. I know that can be a good thing but it isn't as handy for me in my kitchen. Otherwise, I think Modern Potluck would be a good addition to any cookbook library. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for this book.