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Stonewall Kitchen Appetizers:
Finger Foods and Small Plates
By Jonathan King, Jim Stott, and Kathy Gunst
ISBN: 0811868699
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication date: February 2010
Format: Hardcover
Number of recipes: 50
List price: $19.95
Type: Appetizers
Sample recipe: Cheese Balls Redux
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive encyclopedia coffee-table
Meal part: breakfast brunch lunch dinner dessert
Competition: outclassed a bit behind in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: airfare required online specialty store supermarket pantry
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose minimal complete educational
Time conscious: not conscious bald lies white lies realistic scout's honor
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant ample generous
Photos/drawings: none drawings b&w photos occasional color all/mostly color
Art contribution: disappointing distracting decorative beautiful glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine kind work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging ok clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy delicate years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: hard-to-find spotty sufficient most pages every page
Table of contents: missing frustrating minimal helpful excellent
Index: none confusing adequate nice a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writing history: beginner writer/journalist food writer writing cook personality
Cooking heritage: unknown self-taught teacher chef celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short satisfactory successful exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward good friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: We are suckers for appetizers – how many times have we said so? – and appetizer books. This one is certainly not going to turn us from our course. It's filled with 50 recipes for innovative, retro, out-of-the-box, and comforting appetizers, organized by how you might eat them – finger foods, in small bowls, and on small plates.

Small dishes like Asian-Spiced Nuts or Chestnuts Wrapped in Bacon may prepare the appetite for dinner, while a number of more substantial small plates – such as Lamb Chop "Lollipops" with Spice Rub and Seared Scallops with Pineapple-Pepper Salsa – are filling enough to serve as a meal. In addition, the authors provide some of their favorite cocktail recipes, ideas for appetizer party menus, tips for how much to prepare and serve, and presentation ideas for family dinners and special gatherings.

Although Stonewall Kitchen turns out many specialty foods that are perfect for inclusion in appetizers, to their credit, the authors did not load up these recipes with their company's products. Having said that, a few, at least, of the chosen ingredients may be hard to find.


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