Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason [Illustrated Review] / by Alex Boake

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Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason [Illustrated Review]

Gather is the type of cookbook that you'd proudly display on your coffee table. You'd want it in easy reach for inspiration, and to have out to make your friends a little jealous...and curious! What is this Paleo diet, and how come it looks so gorgeous and refined in this book? I heard it was about cavemen, what gives??

This is the second cookbook from Hayley Mason and Bill Staley, and I have to say that they've really hit it out of the park. This book is the full package and it does something that I don't think has yet been achieved quite so well by any other Paleo cookbook; It makes Paleo look super classy. It's perfectly laid out in a square format with fabulous full colour photographs. Each place-setting is immaculate and well-considered. The tables are groomed landscapes dotted with appropriate props and sumptuously arranged food.

Is that enough adjectives for ya?! Basically: THIS BOOK IS LOVELY.

Now, it's not all about looks either. Gather is also solid in terms of menus and planning. Divided into 17 different set menus, 4 to 5 per season, each one is a well-balanced plan of action of how to feed and impress your friends and family. They all consist of appetizers, mains and a dessert (and sometimes a beverage!) It might seem overwhelming to create so many different dishes for one event, but Hayley and Bill have you covered. Not only have they crafted these special dishes, but they have also laid out exactly how you can shop and prepare in advance to minimize stress on the big day. Awesome! This book has looks and brains!

My illustration here showcases the Spring Time Tea Party, which includes recipes for:

  • Rooiboos Gingersnap Tea
  • Cucumber and Salmon Bites
  • Carrots with Olive Tapenade Trio
  • Orange and Cranberry Scones
  • Zuchinni Bread

That being said, even if you don't make the full menu, any one of the dishes from the book would be a showstopper.  Gather is chock-full of vibrant images and tasty dishes. I'd highly recommend ordering a copy for yourself.

The Menu Cards are available for download here, and you can pre-order your copy online at Amazon!