Charcuterie (pronounced "shahr-ku-tuh-ree") is the art of preparing and assembling smoked meat and other meat products. However, many people use the term charcuterie to refer to an assortment of cold cuts that come with different accompaniments, such as toast, fruit, cheese and sauces. If you want to include cold cuts on your menu, there are a few basics you need to understand first, from identifying some of the most popular types of cold cuts, to what makes a truly impressive finished plate.