Reluctant Entertainer's Big Boards and More: 100 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Make Any Gathering Great (Hardcover)
As the original Big Board influencer, Sandy Coughlin reimagined the charcuterie board as a stunning surface for special occasion spreads, family get-togethers, delicious desserts, and more. Now, she expands her repertoire with individual recipes for any occasion, large or small, indoors or out.
Organized by season and size of gathering and including gluten-free, dairy-free, and plant-based options for customizable convenience, Reluctant Entertainer’s Big Boards and More will spark your culinary imagination with the endless possibilities of boards.
- Seasonal celebrations and special days: For holidays, weddings, or just a birthday bash, try Winter Solstice Charcuterie Board, Baked Brie Dinner Board, Broiled Al Pastor Tacos, Tiramisu French Toast, Fudgy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches, and more.
- International inspiration for the curious cook: Regional recipes from around the world to light your travel fuse, including Baba Ghanoush with Poblano Chilies, Tikka Masala Tender Bowls, Miso Parmesan Udon Noodles, and Caffe Mingo’s Sugo di Carne.
- Just close friends: Smaller boards for 2–4 people, whether it’s date night or game night, such as Roasted Apple Crispy Prosciutto Crostini, Oven-Roasted Caramelized Onions and Chicken Thighs, Corn Bacon and Cheddar Waffles, and Pear Puff Pastry Tart.
- The great outdoors: Portable, sustainable recipes for camping, road trips, and outdoor entertaining all year round, including Warming Hut Brothy Quinoa Bowls Board, Hot Chocolate Firepit Board with Buttermilk Rough Puff Pastry Ribbons, and Poolside Pina Colada Poptail Board.
Whether you’re a board enthusiast already or a first-time host, Reluctant Entertainer’s Big Boards and More has everything you need to make a serious splash—all year round.
Sandy Coughlin writes about food, travel, and hospitality on her popular blog, Reluctant Entertainer. Her mission is to help readers feast on life by providing easy and tasty recipes, time-saving tips, and inspiration to help reluctant entertainers open their hearts and homes to others through great food and great conversations. Coughlin is the author of The Reluctant Entertainer: Every Woman’s Guide to Simple and Gracious Hospitality and Big Boards for Families. She has been featured by Woman’s Day, Rachael Ray, Better Homes and Gardens, Taste of Home, and more. She enjoys hosting parties that create lifelong connections and memories. She is a mother to three grown children and lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, Paul. You can find her on social media @ReluctantEntertainer.
“Living on the coast, I love the idea of a travel board that we can take along with us to the beach or on the boat. Keep this book on your own shelf for instant inspiration, or gift it to any cook looking for new adventures!”—Gina Homolka, New York Times bestselling author of The Skinnytaste Cookbook
“Reluctant Entertainer’s Big Boards and More is full of delicious inspiration for every occasion. From simple meals to special celebrations, Sandy's boards will excite and satisfy everyone. Included are small boards for a few, large boards for a crowd, and outdoor boards for adventure. This cookbook holds so many amazing ideas to feed your loved ones for years to come!”
—Maegan Brown, the BakerMama, author of Beautiful Boards and Spectacular Spreads
“As lovers of picnics, grazing boards, and all things entertaining, we are huge fans of Sandy's beautiful book. It is sure to get plenty of use in our homes, especially with all of the unique spreads and dips!”
—Holly Erickson and Natalie Mortimer, authors of The Modern Proper
“Sandy’s done it again! Big Boards and More is an impressive collection of her signature big boards, along with easy dishes that are sure to impress your guests. I especially love the mix-and-match recipes that allow for readers to get creative and build upon what they’ve learned from the book. Thank you, Sandy, for another great resource for board lovers."
—Meg Quinn, author of The Cheese Board Deck and the blog Ain’t Too Proud to Meg
“Every page of this book exudes warmth and hospitality. Smartly divided between seasons and occasions, this book makes it easy to create the perfect spread for gatherings of all kinds and sizes. I am excited to welcome friends into my home with these recipes.”
—Erin Clarke, author of The Well Plated Cookbook
“No one entertains like Sandy does! She is a fabulous inspiration for all creative boards and spreads. Whether for a fancy holiday or a summer barbecue, she has the best ideas, the most crave-worthy recipes, and stunning boards to make each gathering better than the last. This book is a keeper!”
—Jessica Merchant, creator of How Sweet Eats and author of Everyday Dinners
“Sandy’s new book is a food lover’s dream, with endless entertainment ideas for gatherings of any size! The mouth-watering recipes are accompanied by brilliant food styling and photography. A must-have book that will keep me inspired for years to come.”—Stephanie Melchione, author of The Cozy Cookbook
“Reluctant Entertainer's Big Boards and More is an absolute triumph! A glorious feast for the eyes and palate. Speaking as someone who can cook but can’t make anything pretty to save my life, I am grateful to have a template so my boards can look just like Sandy’s. None of us will be ‘reluctant entertainers’ with this book in our arsenal!”
—Cyndi Kane, author of Save-It-Forward Suppers