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Appetizers
Antipasti, Dim Sum, Hors d'Oeuvres, Meze, Tapas

At restaurants do you relish appetizers and hors d'oeuvres more than the entrées? Do you ever wish you could snack on street food all day long? The books below highlight such small dishes from a variety of countries.

 

Selected Books

Andrés, José
Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America
TX740.A6854 2005
The tapas in here are simple and fresh and include a lot of vegetarian options. One of Andres' most interesting techniques is his use of the "tomato-seed fillet" rather than discarding the seeds.
 
Deeds, Meredith and Carla Snyder
The Big Book of Appetizers: More than 250 recipes for any Occasion
TX740.D4625 2006
Check out the Grape Leaves with Lamb and Dill on page 52 for a Pittsburgh connection!
 
Gayler, Paul
The World in Bite Size: Tapas, Mezze, and Other Tasty Morsels
TX740.G386 2007x
Paul Gayler is a UK celebrity chef and a leader of imaginative vegetarian and Eurasian food.
 
Goldstein, Joyce Esersky
Antipasti: Fabulous Appetizers and Small Plates
TX740.G54 2006
In Antipasti, Joyce Goldstein reveals the history of Italian antipasti and a host of very delicious recipes.
 
Goldstein, Joyce Esersky
Mediterranean Fresh: A Compendium of One-Plate Salad Meals and Mix-and-Match Dressings
TX740.G547 2008
This is a collection of very interesting salads that you'll want to take home and read through. It should give you some "fresh" ideas for the "salad" course.
 
Helou, Anissa
Mediterranean Street Food
TX725.M35 H45 2006x
"Stories, soups, snacks, sandwiches, barbecues, sweets, and more, from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East". A great book for reading about appetizers and getting ideas.
 
Khalifé, Maria
Mezze Modern: Delicious Appetizers from Greece, Lebanon, and Turkey
q TX740.K5135 2008x
Classical mezze presented in a contemporary style with easily found ingredients.
 
Kochilas, Diane
Meze: Small Plates to Savor and Share from the Mediterranean Table
TX740.K635 2003
If you like tapas and antipasti, this is the Greek cookbook for you!
 
Joyce, Jennifer
Small Bites: tapas, sushi, mezze, antipasti, and other finger foods
TX740.J69 2005x
This British recipe book concentrates on nicely presented inspiring dishes for entertaining, with an emphasis on global cuisine.
 
Lowry, Dave.
The Connoisseur's Guide to Sushi
TX747.L74 2005
"Everything you need to know about sushi varieties and accompaniments, etiquette and dining tips, and more." The original "wrap". More books on Sushi.
 
Mantuano, Cathy and Tony Mantuano
Wine Bar Food: Mediterranean Flavors to Crave with Wines to Match
TX740.M2575 2008
Organized by city, from Lisbon to Rome, and paired with accessible wines from each region, these delightfully unpretentious, simply prepared dishes can be shared as small plates by many or make a sit-down dinner for two or more. The Mantuanos run the Spiaggia Restaurant in Chicago.
 
Pawlcyn, Cindy
Big Small Plates
TX740.P37 2006
"All the recipes in here are 'small plates,' and you need to put three or four of them together to make up a whole meal (or what I call a "small-plates meal"). The dishes are meant to be shared, so that each person can enjoy a few bites of this dish, and a few of that, and not come away feeling stuffed."
 
Tramonto, Rick
Fantastico! Little Italian Plates and Antipasti from Rick Tramonto's Kitchen
TX723.T735 2007
More than 100 recipes from Rick Tramonto, a restauranteur in Chicago.
 
Weir, Joanne
From Tapas to Meze
TX725.M35 W45 1994
"First Courses from the Mediterranean shores of Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa"
 
Wright, Clifford A.
Little Foods of the Mediterranean: 500 Fabulous Recipes for Antipasti, Tapas, Hors d'Oeuvre, Meze, and More
TX740.W75 2003
Wright, food historian and author of Mediterranean Vegetables and A Mediterranean Feast, covers small dishes from the whole of the Mediterranean, including Spain, Italy and the Middle East.
 
Yarvin, Brian
A World of Dumplings: Filled Dumplings, Pockets and Little Pies from Around the Globe
TX836.Y37 2007
Acclaimed photographer Brian Yarvin has travelled to kiosks, festivals and restaurants in ethnic neighbourhoods around the world to gather more than 100 traditional dumpling and filled-pie recipes.
 
 

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