The Cheese Board Deck: 50 Cards for Styling Spreads, Savory and Sweet

The Cheese Board Deck: 50 Cards for Styling Spreads, Savory and Sweet


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Elevate your next gathering with this beautiful, helpful card deck that offers 50 creative ideas for styling and presenting food platters for any occasion—no cooking skills required!

Everyone knows the cheese platter gets all the attention at the party, so why not make sure you get all the credit? With ideas for holidays, special days, game days, and every day, expert food stylist Meg Quinn gives you 50 drool-worthy ideas for boards that anyone can assemble at home. Just pick a card, collect and prep the ingredients following the list and tips on the back of the card, then reference the beautiful photograph on the front to arrange an abundant board.

Here are quick-to-make meal boards for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, cheese boards both fancy and for the budget-minded, and even colorful dessert and candy boards. With ingredients lists, tips for swaps, and simple and optional recipes for elevating store-bought goods, you can look forward to styling a BYOHD (Build Your Own Hot Dog) board, an Italian antipasti platter, a vegan board, and so much more!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593233276
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed
Publication date: 11/02/2021
Edition description: Illustrated
Pages: 52
Sales rank: 1,523
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Meg Quinn is a food stylist who has produced beautiful products for brands including Samsung, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma, and Sur La Table, amongst others. She has also been featured by The Food Network, Hallmark Channel, The FeedFeed, Food52, Better Homes & Gardens, and more.

Read an Excerpt

Welcome to The Cheese Board Deck, your simple and colorful guide to arranging beautiful, abundant boards. By the way, this deck isn’t limited to styling cheese and charcuterie. While you’ll find plenty of cards devoted to the more traditional use for a cheese board, you'll also find that you can serve all our favorite foods this way. And once you get started, grazing boards will soon become your go-to meal for every occasion, from lazy nights in to holiday celebrations—and for breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND dessert.

As the daughter of a caterer, I learned from a very young age that people eat with their eyes. My mother taught me the art of presentation and the simple things you can do to make people want to dig in as soon as you set down the food. This deck packs all her wisdom—and more—into 50 fun and inspiring instruction cards.


Think of this deck as your very own food styling school—designed to be a resource and to fuel your creativity. I’ll arm you with everything you need to build delicious spreads. On each card, you’ll find a photo guide, a shopping list, helpful tips and instructions, and easy (totally optional) recipes. For the recipes, note that the ingredients you will need appear in bold within them.

Take a card to the market for gathering your ingredients, then set it by your side at home as you assemble your board. Copy these boards exactly if you want, or use these food styling techniques and recommendations to build out boards of your own design.

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