Small Plates: Over 150 Ideas for Bites and Nibbles

Cider Mill. Aug. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9781646431458. $24.95. COOKING
Over 100 ideas for small plates and nibbles, including sauces, dips, spreads, breads and cracker-based boards, dumplings and decadent bites, plant-based plates, seafood and meat-based dishes, and desserts are on offer here. The book calls these “small dishes for the gourmet,” perfectly portioned for small gatherings with family and friends and curated to appeal to a wide range of palates while requiring minimal effort in planning and prep. The focus is on simplicity, with sauces to add flavor, and creative ways to dress up breads and crackers. Many of the plates can serve as a side dish or a simple meal for two, with plenty of plant-based options and recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. A typical dish is papas rellenas (beef-stuffed potato balls).
VERDICT This little book presents a simple concept but packs a punch in terms of the variety of recipes and flavors it includes (Latin American, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Asian, and the list goes on).
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