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Any occasion needs a snack spread. Whether it’s a gathering with a few friends for a casual dinner or hosting a crowd for the holidays, Boards, Platters, Plates will help readers create the perfect platter for every occasion with recipes that can be incorporated into any meal. The possibilities go far beyond the classic cheese and charcuterie boards (though those are here, too!), featuring creations like a Lebanese Lunch board complete with hummus and muhammara, a Scandinavian board with smoked salmon and rösti, and a Korean BBQ board including kimchi and beef lettuce wraps. With recipes that highlight contemporary flavours and trending ingredients – think jammy eggs, labneh, nori, and gochujang sauce – Boards, Platters, Plates is a fresh take on a classic way to entertain, share, and snack. Thematically organised, there are boards that act as starters to a meal; veggie-focused boards; and platters for daytime gatherings, sophisticated parties, and even dessert.

Maria Zizka, author of The Newlywed Table, gives readers a lesson on how to construct the most beautiful spreads; tips on how to select the best store-bought pairings, like crackers or fruits and veggies; and helpful information on each component that is created from scratch. The recipes are expertly curated for the book – from the Apertivo to the S'mores dessert spread – and can be mixed and matched so readers can create their own bountiful boards. Boards, Platters, Plates offers endless possibilities but guarantees each spread is beautiful, delicious, and made for sharing.



Maria Zizka is a cookbook author who was named by Forbes as one of the most influential people under 30 in the world of food and drink. Her first solo book, The Newlywed Table, was published in 2019. Her new books, Boards, Platters, Plates and One-Bowl Meals are available now.

She has collaborated with leading chefs, including Yotam Ottolenghi, Elisabeth Prueitt, and Suzanne Goin, and coauthored numerous award-winning cookbooks, most recently Tartine: A Classic Revisited and Tartine All Day. She also edits, develops recipes, and adapts cookbooks for North American readers.

She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in food culture and communications from L'Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche, where she now teaches as a visiting lecturer.

Maria is an avid home cook with a deep respect for restaurant cuisine. She lives and cooks in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Graham Bradley.