This cookbook has a lovely premise: celebrating life with friends and/or family around your table and not expecting perfection, just love and fun.
The author, Leela Cyd is a photographer for Food and Wine, Sweet Paul, The New York Times and Kinfolk, and a contributor to the kitchn.
While the book is well-written and filled with beautiful photography, most of the recipes are a little obscure for the average home cook.
I love to cook and am not a stranger to trying new recipes and even using new-to-me ingredients, but recipes with ingredients such as bee pollen, matcha powder, fresh curry leaves, chickpea flour, oat groats and edible flowers make me quickly turn the page, looking for a recipe with ingredients that I know are easily found. Thus said, there are some doable recipes in this book. Steel-Cut Oats With Toppings sounds simple; so does Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seed Clusters, Assorted Spa Waters, Black and White Cookies, Spice-Roasted Chickpeas and Toasted Nuts with Lemon, Thyme and Chili.
I received Food With Friends - That Art of Simple Gatherings from Blogging for Books for my honest, personal opinion review.