Martha Stewart’s Appetizers

9780307954626Martha Stewart’s Appetizers is a revision of her original appetizers book, Hors d’ Oeuvres. It consists of over 200 appetizer recipes that covers everything from starters to small plates to drinks. I was a fan of the original appetizers book, and I am loving this one just the same.

When it comes to preparing foods for parties I host in my home, appetizers are my favorite to prepare. They are mood makers when it comes to serving full course meals, the can be icebreakers for guests, especially when a lot of them do not know each other, they can be the meal themselves, and overall they are so easy to make.

One of the great things about this book is that it provides variety which is what I try to strive for when making appetizers. I always try to create a variety of appetizers to appeal to everyone without isolating anyone such as vegans or vegetarians. There are recipes for different types of nuts from savory to sweet, side dishes such as potato bites and beans are included, and bite size main courses such as hand pies. The drinks chapter was only okay for me because they are recipes I can find in any bartending book. I was hoping there would be some mixology creativity because I have been inspired by Tipsy Bartender to step up my drink making game.

Throughout Martha Stewart’s Appetizers, it stays true to the idea of appetizers: bold flavors with minimum effort. All the recipes are easy to make and quick on time. They can be made ahead of time and some can be either refrigerated or frozen until serving time. A lot of the recipes I was already familiar with, but I did find a couple of new ones to make.