I like cocktails and appetizers as much as the next girl, which is why I am thrilled to share Martha Stewart’s Appetizers cookbook with you! Filled with snacks, starters and small plates, this book belongs on the shelf of any hostess worth her salt.
To start, Martha holds your hand with her golden rules for hosting a party, including:
- Make lists, including everything from ice to serving pieces.
- Consider the drinks and craft a signature cocktail.
- Front-load the work, preparing as much as you can ahead of time.
- Streamline the menu by sticking to one type of cuisine.
Need tips and strategies to plan your party? Appetizers has you covered. There’s even a section on which serving pieces to invest in.
The recipes range from small bites, such as spiced nuts, to small dinners, including a seafood platter, with photography to die for. Select recipes have options, such as the seasoned potato chips. Or try a new take on crepes with crepe roll-ups, which you can fill with cucumber and kill, smoked salmon and capers, or even ham and jam.
And to wash it all down, there’s a brief, but thorough Sips chapter, which is really a primer on classic cocktails. What’s clever is how the recipes are arranged: by glass type. So you’ve got Tumblers, such as Sidecars and Margaritas; Highballs, including Pimm’s Cups and Pisco Spritzes; and Stemmed drinks like a Manhattan or a Meyer Lemon Drop.
As with any cookbook produced by Martha Stewart, the recipes are flawless and the photography style is modern with a hint of traditional. After a summer of chips and salsa (which I love, don’t get me wrong), I can’t wait to dive into fall with a round of appetizers and cocktails from Martha Stewart’s Appetizers cookbook. Happy entertaining!
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