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Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food to Share

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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 su
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Clarkson Potter
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Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Got this from the library. It was so good I bought a copy. Ready to be a potluck star!
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I saw the word Potluck and thought this would have an excellent selection of recipes. It does in fact have many recipes as well as wonderful glossy photos. The statement to give people "foolproof, crowd-pleasing" recipes fell short for me and my household in regard to taste preferences. I see many 4 and 5 star reviews and honestly, I am happy for those folks that this book was a success for them.

For me, the word Potluck inspires casseroles and easy to prepare foods that you know almost everyone
Katie N
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This cookbook has quite a few good sounding recipes- the middle eastern seven layer salad with quinoa for one. Donnelly also includes the rules of a potluck and potluck prep for each recipe which is especially helpful for those of us who are terrified of poisoning people with food that has been out too long. The food sounds fresh and healthy, the drinks sound simple and refreshing.

I wanted to love this cookbook so much. It is right up my ally. People who know me know I love to plan parties and
Haven't tried any of these recipes. I do know from experience that if the pictures of the food don't look good then generally the food won't be that great.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbook, nonfic
As the subtitle proclaims, this cookbook truly is full of beautiful food to share. I felt that it was slightly more accessible than the Third Thursday cookbook that I checked out of my library at about the same time, but not by much. Like that cookbook, the recipes called for many specialty ingredients that I just do not keep stock of in my pantry. But oh... the photographs made me so hungry! lol Nearly all of the recipes had full glossy color photographs. I love that.

So out of this cookbook I
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for some new ideas on what to take to the office pot luck, this is your book.

The recipes are very different, they have some ingredients that you might need a specialty store for, but if you are good in the kitchen you can figure out different items to use.

It also has various versions for dietary needs.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whether you go to potlucks or whether you find yourself cooking for a large group, this book is for you. Clear instructions, great photos and a wide variety of recipes makes this a book I want to own.
Carol Johnson
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cook-books
Everything I have made from this book is a winner. I tried Late-Summer Vegetable Enchilada Pie, Polenta Stuffed with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe, Chinese Chicken Salad, and Lemon-Berry Bundt Cake. Can't wait to try some of the other recipes.
Heydi Smith
This book is gorgeous but I didn’t find any recipes I wanted to try.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Interesting, do-able recipes.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Finally had this filled via ILL, however, it doesn't live up to my expectations. I was expecting a cozy, comforting feel from this and all I got was "hipsterish twee". Disappointed.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very pretty. Useful for larger families or people who want to make some, put some away for later. Nicely hits the mark between familiar and exotic. Ingredients are mostly easily obtainable. The inexpensive base ingredients are nicely zhoozhed up.
Tonstant Weader
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love cooking and have a special place in my heart for cooks who aren’t afraid to try new things, so I fell in love with Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food to Share by Kristin Donnelly. I have a cooking blog and love to come up with something new and different that works. Somehow, reading these recipes, I picture Donnelly standing at the open fridge, as I do, with a piece of fruit or a vegetable in her hand and thinking, now what might work with this. Her recipes made me feel like I had met a flavo ...more
Carole Gano
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Invited to a potluck? Don't know what to bring? Tired of the same old, same old? Kristin Donnelly has many tasty suggestions for you. She states a great potluck dish will hold up on a buffet table, have a maximum of three components, and please a crowd with just a hint of edge. What she means by components is the main dish plus a side sauce, dressing, or garnish, not the number of ingredients in the dish.

Recipes for snacks, drinks, dips, salads, cold and hot dishes, casseroles, sides, and both s
Virginia Campbell
Remember how much fun potluck dinners are? Everyone cooks up their favorite recipe, their “specialty”, and then everybody eats too much because they want to try everything on the table. There’s usually little dibs and dabs of this and that leftover in dishes scattered here and there, and you can easily spot the winners of the taste test—the pans are scraped clean. “Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food to Share”, by Kristin Donnelly, offers all the fun of traditional potluck dinners, but there are many ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Modern Potluck is full of fun and interesting recipes that could definitely improve most “potluck meals”. I also think these recipes could be used for any type of large or small gathering. One good thing about the recipes is that they are already designed to feed larger numbers. So you don't have to spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to make enough for a crowd. I particularly like that many of the recipes cater to vegetarians and are often gluten free, which means if you want to make s ...more
Amanda Rogozinski
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
My goal when I bring a dish to a gathering is that it look gorgeous and be original. I want it to be memorable and loved. With this in mind, Modern Potluck will certainly be my go-to for potluck ideas. I would caution that it is not for those who like to play it safe. These recipes are for the adventurous. Even though I love trying new flavor combinations I feel I will have to pre-taste a lot of these dishes before bringing them to an event. For instance, Lentil and Pecan Pâté or No-Bake Sweet P ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
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 i ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Modern Potluck

Star of Potluck

I am a selfproclaimed foodie and we also have a lot of company, and these together gave me opportunity to try out some of recipes in THE MODERN POTLUCK cookbook while waiting for my first potluck.

Author Kristin Donnelly has over 100 make ahead recipes that are perfect for a crowd, or a small group of 6-8 on a Sunday evening. Some of Kristin's recipes are a "bit edgy" but they are as pleasing to the palate as to the eye. One of my faves is the Samosa-filling stuffed
Mazzou B
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This hardcover cookbook appealed to me since I love to cook but cannot always think of meals to bring to events or even to serve guests in my home. The recipes are tasty and will please a variety of guests and crowds. This cookbook's goal is to give hosts and hotesses ideas for foods and meals to make and serve to guests. As the title suggests, of course it is also for those bringing meals to events. One of my favourite aspects of this book is the time the author took to include packaging and se ...more
Melanie Coombes
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, cookbook
I love cookbooks and this one did not disappoint in its presentation. It has beautiful photographs of dishes and of the community gatherings. My only complaint would be that the recipes seem very adventurous and involved for a potluck gathering. These recipes seemed more for impressing a very intimate group of people rather than your everyday potluck. The recipes are set for larger groups 10 to 12 people, so that you can gather enough ingredients for a large group. Even though many of the dishes ...more
Sep 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a lovely cookbook that adds a bit of something new to the potluck dish arena, this may be the one for you! The pictures are lovely, and the recipes are not your standard big dish fare. They also aren't for the faint-of-heart, as many seem to use ingredients that are not easily on hand and have involved and detailed steps. This is a good cookbook for a collector, and if you're in the mood for something extra.

Thank you to the Blogging for Books program for offering me a copy
Vik Arch
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Collecting cookbooks, especially with the great recipes to try and pass on, is one of my likes…

If you have trouble on planning on the potluck, the book has a chapter with the tips and tricks for a successful meal-planning. Filled with snacks, dips, drinks, salads, main dishes, casseroles, baked goodies, and sweets. Oh, goodie! They sound delicious. Makes me thinking about next potluck party. Let get the party started! If there is no invitation for the party in the next week, just make one, invit
Hazelj jones
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
.When i seen the title of this book I thought i would find more recipes for the average person .This is a beautiful book,but written for those who in a certain market or lifestyle /Vegetarians /glutein free /dairy free etc . This book is filled with good recipes for those who like to try new recipe ideas . .I like homey recipes that are appealing for church potlucks and neighborhood potlucks.I do applaud the Author for setting out new recipes and especially for those with health needs .The book ...more
Jessi Rich
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
This book will completely change the way you share food. The title is spot on, as this book is a modern take on the classic potluck. Full of recipes that any gathering would be lucky to include, I cannot wait to start incorporating them into my life! And don't be fooled, these will also translate well to your regular dinner table.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have made several of the recipes so far and they are amazing. Whether or not you make a recipe from the book or just read through it, I love the pictures of all the recipes. It's very visually appealing to look through.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book free through the Goodreads giveaway. I was finally able to make a couple of these recipes. My family has so-so reviews on a few of them. I really liked the section about grilling vegetables. For me, this was the best part of the book. Thanks.
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I won this cookbook from Goodreads Giveaways. After leafing through the book, I'm impressed by the quality of recipes. This book is a perfect book for a foodie.
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won-books-print
Definitely modern dishes. Not your Betty Crocker type potluck book.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some scrummy recipes in this book. Looking forward to trying some of them!
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