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Thursday, September 22, 2016

* FOOD BOOK OF THE MONTH! *: Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook (Stipovich), pub by Chronicle Books

ULTIMATE APPETIZER IDEABOOK (Chronicle Books, 2016, 408 pages,  ISBN 978-1-4521-4019-3, $19.95 USD hardbound) is by Kiera and Cole Stipovich, both food and portrait photographers with a penchant for cooking. And it is a photographic Book, with a picture page for every app. Here are 225 simple, all-occasion recipes, with icons for "make ahead", vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free.  It has been inspired by the multitude of weddings that they have attended, with vast variety of apps on display. There is both an index and a detailed table of contents here. It is arranged by categories: nibbles, dips and spreads, crostini, fruits and veggies, protein of eggs, seafood, poultry and meat, and sweets. At the end there are 25 pages of building blocks for layering, with recipes for  chicken wing brine, stove-top popcorn, aioli (and variations with curry, lemon, caper, horseradish), peanut dipping sauce, and more. Superb photography throughout.  Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of equivalents. The authors give us plenty of cross-references to other layered preps that can be used as variations to basic apps.
Audience and level of use:  those who love small bites or who entertain a lot.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts:  roasted broccoli with garlic; spaghetti squash nests with browned butter and sage; parsnip fries; grilled squash with prosciutto rosettes; baked jalapeno poppers; spicy shredded chicken mini-tostadas; salmon sliders on multi-grain toasts with lemon-caper aioli.
The downside to this book: I wanted more!
The upside to this book: Book is fat and squat, holdable and easy to flatten.
Quality/Price Rating: 91.


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