Calling all cheese board and charcuterie enthusiasts,
I have a delicious book filled with inspiration to share:
The Art of the Board: Fun & Fancy Snack Boards, Recipes & Ideas for Entertaining All Year
by Olivia Carney.
With Olivia Carney’s friendly guidance, you’ll go from hopeless host to host with the most―one salami rose at a time:
With over 75 seasonally inspired, approachable snack boards, recipes, and cocktails, The Art of the Board has all you need for fun, stress-free entertaining year-round. Packed with tips, tricks, and ideas, you’ll be inspired to whip up your next snack board masterpiece―whether it’s creatively plating your Thanksgiving leftovers to impress your family or wowing your friends with your knowledge of fancy cheese and charcuterie.
Not sure where to start? No problem! The in-depth introduction walks you through equipment and ingredients, and the Hopeless Hostess Appendix covers everything from Board Care 101 to step-by-step explanations and photographs that show how to bring your skills to the next level. There’s even helpful suggestions to make your cheese plates travel-friendly so you never arrive empty-handed. And since each board is labeled with difficulty level, approximate cost, and dietary accommodations, you’ll always find a showstopper to fit your lifestyle and budget.
This is a super fun and delicious book for anyone who enjoys grazing
and entertaining around a charcuterie or snack board!
It’s divided by the four seasons, which I especially love. . .
for all your seasons’ eatings. :)
In addition to themed and seasonal boards, you can find recipes in the Dips, Snacks, Cocktails and More chapter,
including Frosted Rosemary and Cranberries, Cracker-Crusted Baked Mac & Brie,
an Autumn Harvest Punch and a ‘Board Scraps Simmer Pot’. . .a zero-waste stovetop potpourri.
Feast your eyes on this gorgeous crudité board. . .
What a beautiful and delicious way to serve and eat your veggies!
Welcome October with an Octoberfest Board
in celebration of the German festival. . .
Give me ‘S’More Please’ Board,
that includes a warm s’mores dip,
no campfire required.
Regular readers know my love of Halloween. . .
This ‘Toil & Treats’ Board proves that Halloween isn’t only about candy!
Snack on this board while you sip on a ‘Witch’s Brew’ Cocktail, recipe included.
I love the idea of dressing up and presenting
your Thanksgiving leftovers on a board. . .
And an ‘O Christmas Cheese’ Board,
created with three boards in a tree formation.
Other of my favorite boards in this book include a Gourmet Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Board, Cozy Hot Cocoa Board, Easter Sunday Board, Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Board, and a Luck O’ The Irish Board!
There’s also a pairing guide for pairing cheese types other foods and beverages.
This book would make a great gift for anyone who loves to entertain!
The Art of the Board releases on October 4th and is available for pre-order.
Thank you to Gibbs Smith Publisher for providing a copy of The Art of the Board for my review.
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I love this! Hubs and I frequently have a POO POO platter (it’s what I call a cheese, etc board) instead of a large meal in the evening! Along with a glass of wine!
GM Mary! What a wonderful book, the perfect gift is right. Will be picking one up soon for a gift for Christmas. My son’s girlfriend is a wonderful cook and loves entertaining. My only regret is I went to a cute outside craft market and saw this cute wire basket woven with fabric. It had handles and I told my daughter who was with me how nice this basket would be with a pretty board. At end of our walkway out…I saw that beautiful board and thought of going back, but just couldn’t do it. Need to find a wire basket and get weaving. Great gift all of that would be. Thanks for sharing, once again great pics!
Hi Peggy, I’m trying to get in touch with you and sent you a couple of emails but am afraid your ‘comment email address’ isn’t your current one. If you get this message can you check your email or spam folder. Thank you!
Wow! Yumminess for every occasion – thank you for a glimpse of this delightful book.
This looks terrific, pinned!
This looks like a book I’d enjoy. I love entertaining and spend lots of time creating beautiful and delicious food. Looks like lots of inspiration here!
This is wonderful I love these boards and cannot wait to get this book. Thank you for sharing.
101 helpful hints from the Hopeless Hostess, oh my goodness a dream come true, being able to prepare a board for any occasion like a pro! What an amazing book with phenomenal photos to tempt the most discriminating palette. You have done it again Mary and featured just the right subject and just the right time, let the holidays begin!
Love reading your columns. Have you seen the new Williams Sonoma bee plates? Just had to think of you when I saw them.
Mary, such a wonderful book with beautiful photos. I really enjoy a cookbook that has lovely pictures to show readers what the food should look like. The Halloween board is so cute.
Thank you Mary for featuring this new book, I just placed my pre-ordered from Amazon, and I can’t wait for it to arrive. It will be perfect for the holidays, great inspiration with the pictures and how to place everything!!!!
I love your blog!
I liked the way you presented this book. It really piqued by interest. I see a purchase in my future.
It looks like a great book Mary. Thanks for posting. Clara❤️
Wow Mary, each one is incredible! Charcuterie boards are definitely all the rage right now, such a wonderful way to entertain. Your preview is full of ideas and teasers, the book is bound to be a huge success! So many clever themes…infinite possibilities!
What a fabulous book, Mary! I’ve been making myself a small charcuterie platter just for me every so often. Aldi sells small trays of pre sliced meats and cheeses, which makes it easy. The book would make a great gift. Thank you for sharing. ❤️
Love all the food boards! I chuckle because “back in the day” we use to call them platters. We would decorate our plates with various meats and cheeses, fruit and veggies and even take a cookie sheet, line it with foil and fill it with all the foods. I still call them that and admit I had my hubby cut my own food board out. What fun. Enjoyed this.
I ordered 4. Can’t wait! I’m still waiting for your book…please.
Mary, I love a charcuterie board and this books looks amazing!
This is right up my alley! Thanks for the info.
Just now placed my pre-order. I have a fancy charcuterie board already waiting for my daughter’s next visit. Thank you Mary for the “heads-up”. This is the perfect companion.
I hope you are safe as the storm tracks north…
I already have one book on charcuterie boards but think I’ll need to add this one too!
Mary, you’re speaking my language with this book! Creative boards are something I try to have on holidays or when guests are visiting but I tend to get in a rut with the same old presentations. I am so excited to see that this is releasing soon and have placed my pre-order. Just in time for the holidays, yay!
Mary. I just know you will have a 10/31 board to share with us coming soon. Can’t wait to see it. Tfs cheers
A beautiful, bountiful harvest of flowers and pumpkins