A few weeks back I had the good fortune to attend the Boston book launching party for the The Food52 Cookbook . My friend Emily (fiveandspice for all you Food52ers) and her husband hosted a pot-luck gathering where each guest made a dish from the book to bring, it was great fun and a delicious afternoon. As you might imagine from a gathering of such food fanatics, we brought way more food than we needed for the gang assembled. In fact, as the afternoon wore on I started to get a little concerned that we had not properly paced ourselves and would be unable to have a go at the beautiful desserts decorating the sideboard in their dining room.
A lesser group would have called it a day I’m sure, what with the sheer volume of savory tarts, salads, dips, breads, and charcuterie that we all consumed. Many would have slipped into a food coma and curled up in the corner for a little snooze, but not this stalwart group. No, the siren’s song of cakes and cookies took care of that, and as we emptied the last bottle of wine, our hostess took her leave and retired to the kitchen to gather things for dessert.