Gourmet Game Night
With recessionista entertaining a necessity, the sale of board games has spiked in the past few years, pushing the industry’s total receipts close to a billion dollars. If your family and friends have made spinning wheels, tossing dice, and moving pieces a part of your social circle, invest in the book GOURMET GAME NIGHT by Cynthia Nims from Ten Speed Press. Nims’ recipes are palatable, bite-sized, and, best of all, engineered to be tidy and clean, keeping your game playing mess-free. Recipes include gourmet turns on chips and dip, burgers (now made with lamb and topped with feta), and even a fancy grilled cheese—a miniature French Croque Monsieur. Nims doesn’t forget beverages, either, offering cocktail recipes that make pitchers, rather than a glass. GOURMET GAME NIGHT is $18 at bookstores and online—a great and inexpensive investment.