Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook
No one knows better how to give a party than Martha Stewart--and as she proves in this comprehensive and visually dazzling handbook, great parties begin with great hors d'oeuvres.
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It was fifteen years ago that Martha Stewart first turned
her creativity and talent for teaching to this subject, when
she defined the look and flavor of party appetizers for
professionals and home cooks in Martha Stewart's Hors
d'Oeuvres. Since then, America's tastes have evolved and
Martha's own approach to food has expanded to encompass
flavors from around the world, seasonal ingredients fresh
from the garden, and innovative preparations all
presented with an unsurpassed eye for beauty.
book, after laying out the basic foundations and techniques,
Martha presents chapters on different hors d'oeuvre
categories that are brimming with new ideas--Layered and
Stacked; Wrapped, Rolled, Filled, Folded, and Stuffed; and
Skewered and Threaded. Whether a classic cocktail party food
reinvigorated with her wit and style--chicken salad tea
sandwiches turned on their sides and encrusted with sesame
seeds, for example--or deliciously decadent dips for
crudités and seafood updated with Indian dhal or white beans
and mustard greens; tiny toasted breadboxes filled with
Welsh rarebit; or savory sips of soups in edible cups, these
impeccable jewels are as exciting as anything Martha has
ever invited her readers to serve on the buffet or tea table
or pass among guests.
Reflecting Martha's favorite
way to entertain now--informal and relaxed--there is also
Bites and Pieces, a chapter packed with simple recipes for
parties that please the guests without undoing the host.
Marinated olives, spiced and seasoned nuts, handmade cheese
crackers, and spicy cocktail ribs can be prepared quickly
and easily in advance and arranged before the doorbell
rings. Even the drinks have been provided: classic and
contemporary cocktails, imaginatively garnished, are
accompanied by a guide to stocking the bar and serving
Everything about Martha Stewart's Hors
d'Oeuvres Handbook has been considered to create a book
that is easy to use. The size was chosen to comfortably fit
in the hand, in the cookbook holder, or on the kitchen
counter. Color photographs in the front of the book help
cooks select which hors d'oeuvres to combine for their own
parties; the cross-referenced recipes in the back have been
tested in Martha's own kitchen and in the test kitchens of
Martha Stewart Living; and two place-marking ribbons keep
track of both picture and recipe. And every detail has been
covered--tips on techniques and ingredients, serving ideas,
menu suggestions, recipe variations, advice on party
planning, and even a glossary of equipment, special
ingredients, and supplies, with a guide to finding them.
With its range of recipes, its wealth of ideas, its lavish
photography, and its innovative format, Martha Stewart's
Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook is simply the most instructive,
inspirational, and indispensable guide to hors d'oeuvres
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