- The author — a new mom with a busy schedule herself — throws in a number of helpful hints, such as storing pesto in ice-cube trays.
- Each recipe is accompanied by a list of serving suggestions.
- Printz's ingredient pairings, like sage-walnut pesto and edamame hummus, are relatable, yet unusual enough to be refreshing.
- If you aren't a fan of pesto or olives, then you won't get too much use out of this book.
- For experts, the recipe's instructions will seem not only redundant but also obvious: "Pulse ingredients in a food processor until smooth."
Recipes: A compilation of 40 spreads, including the following:
- No-nut pesto
- Smoky eggplant tapenade
- Curried hummus
- Avocado-chevre spread
- Smoked salmon spread
Imagery: Roughly a third of the recipes are photographed. Enticing images suggest useful ideas for incorporating the spreads into meals.
Overall Rating: If you're a cooking veteran searching for something groundbreaking and new, you won't find it here. But those who want to explore Thanksgiving (or any other form of entertaining) on a tight schedule will look to this book for inspiring flavor combinations and healthy, versatile toppings that can be incorporated into any course.