Review: 750 Best Appetizers

 

Title:  750 Best Appetizers

Subtitle: From dips and salsas to spreads and shooters
Author: Judith Finlayson and Jordan Wagman
Publisher: Robert Rose (August 11, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0778802723

Pages:  Paperback 576 pages

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From the Publisher:

There are more than 750 recipes to choose from because we’ve tried to make sure home cooks have a selection to suit every possible occasion — from a dress-down backyard barbecue to the most elegant sit-down dinner. We’ve also considered the need to satisfy a variety of dietary preferences, from strictest vegans to wide-ranging omnivores. And since we know busy families are probably doing lots of things at once, many recipes can be prepared ahead of time or, if so inclined, made in a slow cooker while busy doing something else.

About the Authors:

Judith Finlayson is a bestselling author whose life-long love of cooking has translated into sales of over 1 million copies of her books.

Chef Jordan Wagman has received national recognition from the James Beard Foundation and was nominated as a “Rising Star in North America.”

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My Review:

I have always loved appetizers and would happily order from that section of the menu alone when I go out to dinner. I do get tired of the same old choices, though, so I enjoy putting together some at home whenever I can.

This book is NOT the same old appetizers you see in most chain restaurants. The selection of recipes is truly amazing and ranges from the incredibly simple to extremely complex with a perfect balance between the two. Whether you are throwing something together to nibble on in front of the TV or you are planning an elegant party and want to wow your friends, you will find the perfect recipe here!

I really loved that each recipe stated in bold print which recipes were vegetarian friendly. With so many people choosing this lifestyle it is helpful to know what to cook when you are feeding a large crowd. Many of the recipes also have a ‘useful tips’ section if there is an odd ingredient or technique required for the recipe.

I also like the layout of this book. Each chapter is listed in the index and on the first page of that chapter you will find a listing of every recipe in the section. There is also an index that you can browse through if you know the exact name of what you are looking for. But the chapter indexes make finding things easier.

If I could change one thing about this book, I would add more pictures but I tend to prefer cookbooks that are in color. I like to see what my recipe is supposed to turn out like!

Overall, though, I would really recommend this book for any foodie that enjoys creating unique, ethnic and flavorful appetizers!

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received one copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

 

 

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