Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook
Clarkson Potter, March, 2001.
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For many of us, hors d'oeuvres are truly the best part of any meal. Now America's favorite hostess has updated her classic work on the subject, with phenomenal results. The first 270 pages of the book are filled with beautiful, full-color photographs of the recipes; the next 225 pages contain the recipes, hints and tips from Martha. The book is arranged into chapters by presentation method, such as "Building Blocks for the Best Hors D'Oeuvres", "Layered and Stacked"; "Wrapped, Rolled, Filled, Folded and Stuffed"; "Tea Sandwiches, Classic Canapes, and Simple Crostini," "Skewered and Threaded"; "Bites and Pieces"; "Sips and Drinks,"and "Classics."
As you flip through these gorgeous photos, there is no way not to be inspired. From the more filling entries, such as the Skewered Bocconcini Sandwiches, Grilled Shitake Mushrooms on Rosemary Skewers and Sweet Potato Biscuits, to lighter entries such as Nori Stacks With Smoked Salmon and Phyllo Triangles With Curried Walnut Chicken, there is something here for every taste and every kind of party. Helpful notes are featured in highlighted boxes, making them easy to read. The recipes are easy to follow and the preparation time ranges from easy and quick to more complicated creations for that special soirée. Pink and orange ribbons help you mark your favorite pages, the size of cook book is just right, and the pages conveniently lie flat when you open the book. This is truly the hors d'oeuvres bible that every cook must have on his or her shelf. Highly recommended.
--Claire E. White
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