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Favorite "small tastes" books??

post #1 of 9
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I'm working on a project that entails looking at as many books as possible which deal with the small plates phenomenon. Doesn't matter whether they're called small plates or appetizers; starters or first courses, tapas, meze, or even dim sum.

The point is, if you have a favorite book about small bites I'd like to know what it is, why you like it, and who the publisher is.

Thanks guys.
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Clifford Wright's book, Little Foods of the Mediterranean, is probably the one I go to most often. It's hardly an original choice, but the recipes are good and actually work, and under the generic "mediterranean" label a wide array of cuisines are covered, so I can always find a few interesting things that suit my ethnic interest of the moment. My other favorite is another Clifford Wright book, Mediterranean Vegetables. It isn't intended as a "small bites" book but the majority of the recipes work in small portions because the flavors are quite distinctive, and there are a lot of salady things that have interest and variety, so it wouldn't be redundant to serve a few of them. I find this one especially useful for keeping a tapas sort of meal from getting too meat-heavy. His publisher is Harvard Common Press. What's the project?
post #3 of 9
http://www.amazon.com/New-Spanish-Table-Anya-Bremzen/dp/0761135553

Lots of small plates and other recipes. Nicely illustrated, very well written. One of my favprite books.

scb
post #4 of 9
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Thanks for the tip, Shel. But for this project I'm looking at books that deal strictly with small plates. For instance, the book Tapas meets my criterium, but not books in which tapas play only a part.

FWIW, if you're interested in Spanish cuisine, you might want to check out the CIA's new Spain and the World Table, just published by DK Books.

Heather: I can't go into details of the project, just yet. It's something we're experimenting with as an addition to the book review department.
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post #5 of 9
Amuse Bouche by rick tramonto is pretty good.
post #6 of 9
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Thanks for the tip, JonP. I have a lot of respect for Rick Tremonto, so the book really should be part of my project.

Do you happen to know the publisher?
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post #7 of 9
I believe it is Random House, Inc, New York.
post #8 of 9
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Thanks, JonP.
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post #9 of 9
My favorite dim sum book is Dim Sum: The Art of Chinese Tea Lunch by Ellen Leong Blonder. The recipes really make dim sum like you would have in restaurants. It's my go-to for dumplings.
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