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Gerald Hirigoyen with Lisa Weiss
Pintxos: Small Plates in the Basque Tradition
Apr 2009
Ten Speed Press

From the exotic cultural hub of Spain’s Basque country comes Chef Gerald Hirigoyen and his tribute to the tapas, or pintxos (PEEN-chos), of his homeland. With two acclaimed restaurants in San Francisco, Chef Hirigoyen brings his intimate and extensive knowledge of these delectable small plates to the home cook. From the robust traditional plates to those inflected with Hirigoyen’s modern Californian nuances, the recipes are tailored to the uninitiated. Each recipe is accompanied by wine pairing suggestions and personal stories from the chef’s past, all of which flesh out what may be a reader’s first thrilling foray into the convivial culinary experience of pintxos.

Barbara Sibley and Margaritte Malfy with Mary Goodbody
Antojitos: Festive and Flavorful Mexican Small Plates
Oct 2009
Ten Speed Press

Chef/owners of New York City’s La Palapa restaurants, Barbara Sibley and Margaritte Malfy have put their shared expertise in Mexican cuisine into this recipe collection for antojitos. The small plates or appetizers of Mexican cuisine, antojitos span the gamut from fresh fish ceviches to meaty empanadas and spice-flecked elote, or grilled corn on the cob, but Sibley and Malfy also include supplementary recipes for various authentic salsas and La Palapa’s own guacamole. The book also features special occasion menus, such as a taquiza (or taco feast) for birthday celebrations and a New Year’s menu complete with “Hangover Specials.” A thorough basics section in the back of the book helps outfit any kitchen for Mexican cuisine, enabling the inspired reader to discover their favorite antojitos and get cooking!

François Payard
Bite Size: Elegant Recipes for Entertaining
Oct 2006
HarperCollins Publishers

With Bite Size, legendary Pastry Chef François Payard shows home cooks how to prepare simple, sensational appetizers that will leave guests impressed and hosts with energy to spare. It’s no surprise—Payard knows how to throw a good party. In addition to his late, but renowned, New York restaurant Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro (still very much alive in Vegas) Payard ran upscale catering company, Tastings. And now Payard presents a collection of his favorite recipes made easy for everyday cooks. Along with chapters on meat, fish, vegetable, and cheese hors d'oeuvres, Payard includes a wealth of helpful hosting tips, hints, and serving suggestions—try serving soup in shot glasses, for example. The innovative recipes use simple, easy-to-find ingredients for spectacular results such as Prosciutto-Wrapped Gnocchi, Sweet Corn Madeleines with Caviar and Crème Fraîche, and Crab and Mango Salad in Apple Cups. Each recipe is accompanied by a lush, full-color photograph to whet the appetite.

Reed Hearon & Laurie Smith
Bocaditos : The Little Dishes of Mexico
Jan 1997
Chronicle Books LLC

Fun and easy to prepare, bocaditos are flavorful small dishes enjoyed as snacks or appetizers, or served together as tapas to make a festive meal or party buffet. This collection features 40 authentic recipes for tasty dishes and accompaniments that are certain to add a lively Mexican accent to any table.

Olivier Said; James Mellgren; Maggie Pond
Cesar : Recipes from a Tapas Bar
Sep 2003
Ten Speed Press

When three Chez Panisse alums opened a tapas bar next door to Alice Waters’ famed Berkeley, California, restaurant, it was only a matter of days before a culinary star was born. With its innovative menu of Spanish-style tapas paired with an astounding wine and spirits list, César earned a legion of devoted fans and was named one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Chronicle. In the Cesar cookbook, restaurateur Olivier Said teams up with Spanish-foods authority James Mellgren to tell the story of César from inception to its current status as one of the Bay Area’s prime dining and nightlife spots. One hundred classic tapa and drink recipes from the César catalog showcase the robust flavors of Spain, while more than 100 photographs capture the restaurant’s irrepressible spirit.

Ellen Leong Blonder
Dim Sum : The Art of Chinese Tea Lunch
Apr 2002
Random House Inc.

In a book that will delight the hearts (and palates) of dim sum aficionados, the author presents 60 simple, reliable, and always authentic recipes for homemade steamed and fried dumplings, meat or shrimp balls, steamed buns, Chinese pastries, and other savory treats.

Rick Tramonto with Mary Goodbody
Fantastico! Little Italian Plates and Antipasti from Rick Tramonto’s Kitchen
Nov 2007
Broadway Books

Rick Tramonto, one of America’s most renowned and award-winning chefs has written a cookbook showcasing the best of Italian cuisine, the food he grew up eating and has explored in depth on his extensive travels throughout the country. Fantastico! is the ideal source for a stunning array of antipasti, assaggios, salumis, and cheeses, the perfect accompaniments to a variety of wines and surprising additions to everyday and formal meals. Tramonto’s terrific recipes, accompanied by wine recommendations and his tips on buying the best ingredients, provide readers with the inspiration and the know-how they need to make a big impression by thinking small. The selection includes such festive recipes as Tramonto’s Razor Clams Casino and Roasted Medjool Dates with Gorgonzola, Bacon, and Toasted Walnuts; innovative ideas for grilled breads with robust toppings (bruschetta) and little toasts with refined toppings (crostini); an extraordinary variety of panini, along with wonderful Venetian-style,open-faced mini-sandwiches (cicchetti); With more than 100 simple recipes and beautiful full-color photographs, Fantastico! will inspire anyone who loves the casual charm of Italian cooking.

Gillian Duffy
Hors d'Oeuvres
Nov 1998
HarperCollins Publishers

Gillian Duffy, culinary editor for New York magazine, presents an array of hors d'oeuvres, as delicious as they are attractive, to take us through the year. With expertise and enthusiasm, Gillian offers her own creations as well as recipes from top New York City chefs and caterers. Beautiful full-color photographs throughout the book whet the appetite and make this a splendid gift. Best of all, the recipes are easy enough to be prepared in anyone's home kitchen.

Hors d'Oeuvres moves from winter bites such as Raclette Crisps with Pecans and Basil to summer refreshers like Shrimp with Green-Chile Pesto. Classic cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan Martini are invented by master mixologists like Dale DeGroff of the Rainbow Room. Whether the event is flamboyant or low key, classic or cutting edge, Hors d'Oeuvres offers just what's needed to kick off a party or start a meal with style.

Diane Kochilas
Meze : Small Plates to Savor and Share from the Mediterranean Table
Jan 2003
HarperCollins Publishers

Diane Kochilas introduces the dazzling array of Greek meze and explores its rituals and traditions. From yogurt and eggplant dips to seafood delights to meatballs and kebabs, Meze features 80 simple dishes that can be enjoyed as appetizers or used to create a meal. Filled with dozens of color photographs, Meze adds Mediterranean flavor to any gathering.

Gerald Hirigoyen with Lisa Weiss
Pintxos: Small Plates in the Basque Tradition
Apr 2009
Ten Speed Press

From the exotic cultural hub of Spain’s Basque country comes Chef Gerald Hirigoyen and his tribute to the tapas, or pintxos (PEEN-chos), of his homeland. With two acclaimed restaurants in San Francisco, Chef Hirigoyen brings his intimate and extensive knowledge of these delectable small plates to the home cook. From the robust traditional plates to those inflected with Hirigoyen’s modern Californian nuances, the recipes are tailored to the uninitiated. Each recipe is accompanied by wine pairing suggestions and personal stories from the chef’s past, all of which flesh out what may be a reader’s first thrilling foray into the convivial culinary experience of pintxos.

Arthur L. Meyer and Jon M. Vann
The Appetizer Atlas: A World of Small Bites
Feb 2003
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

Whether in the form of a passed hors d'oeuvre, canapé, or a dish of small bites placed at a table setting, appetizers are the perfect showcase of a cook's creativity and skill. The Appetizer Atlas brings together an enticing range of starters from around the world that will help lead off any dining experience in style. This unique, encyclopedic cookbook offers 400 authentic, savory recipes for appetizers from twenty-eight distinctive regional cuisines-from Mexico to Maghreb, from China to the Caribbean, along with France, India, Italy, Japan, Thailand, and many more. All recipes are kitchen tested, perfect for home cooking, professional catering, and entertaining. With photographs of finished dishes, plus background material on specialty ingredients and regional cooking methods, this comprehensive resource is the only appetizer book a cook will ever need.

Tyson Cole and Jessica Dupuy
Uchi: The Cookbook
Feb 2011
Umaso Publishing
What’s really important for Chef Tyson Cole and Jessica Dupuy is that Americans stop eating sushi like “assholes.” That means enough with the Spicy Tuna Rolls, enough with drowning the rice in soy sauce, and enough with putting up with the pre-sliced, day-old stuff that wouldn't pass in Japan. Uchi prepares chefs for a more sophisticated generation of sushi makers and sushi eaters. Cole first comprehensively demystifies the components—from kimchi to lily water—that serve as building blocks of recipes to follow. Cole’s recipes are drawn from his experience at Bond St. in New York and Uchi in Austin, his creations are understated and adult. And for the insistent "ahems," there’s even a conciliatory crunchy tuna roll. Pastry Chef Philip Speer's desserts end the book on a sweet note, tinged with the aroma of smoke.