“Today’s style of entertaining calls for fuss-free party foods that are easy to make and just as delicious as ever,” the back jacket states in the cookbook, Martha Stewart’s Appetizers.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-fifty-six-page hardbound targets not only those who enjoy making all types of appetizers and drinks, but it is also for those who like the celebrity’s cooking style. Containing two-hundred recipes, the book begins with a foreword by Martha, rules hosting a party, and party planning, followed by five sections, and ending with basic recipes and techniques, acknowledgments, and an index. Full-page, full-color photographs of completed dishes grace the pages.
The five categories are snacks, starters, small plates, stylish bites, and sips. Including a picture, a descriptive paragraph is first written regarding the recipe. The list of ingredients used in order and serving size are on the right side of the page with the instructions in numbered paragraph format on the left side. Red highlighted tips, make ahead, and notes are often included at the bottom of the pages.
~ Why ~
As mentioned in the foreword, Martha has written two books on hors d’oeuvres, and this is her third updated version reflecting on the new “casualness” used in today’s cooking. I like that it includes standard recipes of seasoned potato chips and popcorn, steamed artichokes, antipasto, chicken wings, deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, and meatballs while adding more interesting tastes of frico, shishito peppers with bonito flakes, pickled shrimp, spanakopita triangles, pull-apart lobster rolls, and croque-monsieur bites to name a few. Some of the exotic drinks included are ginger caipirinha, pisco spritzed, and mulled blood orange punch.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care for the iconic figure will pass on another book of hers. Some may consider some of the recipes so common and ordinary, yet it is thoughtful to have them included all in one book.
~ Who ~
Author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, gardening, weddings, home keeping, and decoration, Stewart also publishes two award-winning magazines, designs merchandise, and has a plethora of information on her website.
~ Wish ~
Although I appreciate the details and directions in the book, I wish preparation time and caloric content or nutritional information were included for each recipe.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cookbook that covers the gambit of old and new recipes for appetizers and drinks, this may be a good selection.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for offering this book to read and review for my unbiased, honest opinion.
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