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review 2015-10-24 17:55
Martha Stewart's Appetizers
Martha Stewart's Appetizers: 200 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Snacks, Small Plates, and Other Delicious Hors d'Oeuvres, Plus 30 Cocktails - Martha Stewart

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The moment you open a box from Penguin Random House, you remove the bubble wrap and you hear an angelic chorus in your head as you hold Martha Stewart’s Appetizers for the first time!

Martha Stewart’s Appetizers is a wonderful and priceless addition to my bookshelf. Starting with the fabulous cover and back cover photographs, they are absolutely perfect for this book. The appetizers in those photographs are mouthwatering and definitely make you want to open the book and read it. The orange spine cover is perfect for any bookshelf. You won’t miss the title of the book on your shelf.

This book has it all: a Foreword by Living’s royal highness Martha Stewart of course, her 10 GOLDEN rules for Hosting a party, her tips and strategies for party planning and for the basic serving essentials you should have to make your appetizers look spectacular, 200 recipes for Snacks, Starters, Small Plates, Stylish Bites and Sips plus a final chapter with Basic Recipes and Techniques for roasting, toasting, blanching, peeling, and other essential skills.

Like Martha says, the recipes in this book “reflect the new casualness we are witnessing in home entertaining” today. All the recipes are doable and don’t require professional or specific equipment. Anyone with basic cooking skills can read and follow these recipes. To give you an idea, the recipes include spiced or roasted nuts, seasoned popcorn, homemade crackers, salsas, dips, antipastos, spreads, skewers, rolls, sliders, pizzas, chicken wings, mac-and-cheese bites, deviled eggs, mini-quiches, canapés, ceviches, latkes and many more.

All the recipes, I repeat, all the recipes in this book are illustrated by stunning photographs by David Malosh, Marcus Nilsson, and Burcu Avsar. Having the image of each recipe is a priceless aid, so you know how the final product should look like. They also give you an idea on how to serve the appetizers or drinks; what platters, bowls, plates, glassware etc., you should use.


Martha should add a warning that the objects in the photographs are not as real as they appear! The photographs are so visually enthralling that you want to grab the appetizers from the photographs and eat them.

If you’re looking for recipes and ideas that will help you get through casual get-togethers with friends or special celebrations, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for ideas of what you can whip up for you and/or your husband or wife after a hard day’s work, this is the book for you. If you’re planning an evening with your favorite book, TV show, movie, etc., this is the book for you. If you don’t have a specific excuse and just want to delight yourself with “bites of pure enjoyment”, Martha Stewart’s Appetizers is the book for you.


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I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review. I was not financially compensated. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experience while reading it. This post contains affiliate links as stated in my disclosure policy
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review 2015-03-01 00:14
Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook by Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook - Martha Stewart

1/3 - 416 pages of Martha Stewart baking prowess. Every recipe pictured, plus bonus 'step-by-step' pictures of some of the more difficult processes - making a lattice top for your pie, using a mini ice cream scoop to portion out cookies, examples of different piping bag nozzles for decorating a special cake, the different stages of proving bread, and so many more that I'd be here all day listing them. Every single recipe looks enticing, even the ones that I wouldn't normally choose to eat due to ingredients that I don't like, like olives or capers (these less agreeable ingredients mostly feature in the breads chapter, so don't worry there aren't any cakes or cookies with olives). As you would assume, all the measurements are imperial (lbs, cups, ozs, etc) but living in Australia and loving American (Ina, and now Martha) and UK (Nigella, Jamie, Tom Kerridge) chefs I have become quite a good translator of imperial measurements into the more easy to understand metric system, so that doesn't bother me in the least. I have yet to bake anything from the book, but as I said, everything looks good so I'm sure it won't be long before I do. Updates when we've had a piece of cake or a cookie.

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review 2015-01-14 00:00
Meatless: More Than 200 of the Very Best Vegetarian Recipes
Meatless: More Than 200 of the Very Best Vegetarian Recipes - Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Queen Martha! This is a beautiful cookbook and, after spending several hours drooling over each page, it's one that I'm eager to put to use. Every recipe is accompanied by an image and everything looks appetizing, even the dishes that feature an ingredient I can't stand. Each recipe is also accompanied by set of icons, indicating whether it's also v (vegan), g (gluten free), or s (special diet - no dairy, wheat, nuts, or soy).

The only thing I wasn't 100% thrilled with was the organization. I think it would be more helpful to have it organized according to seasonal ingredients rather than type of dish. It's a stylistic choice that others may prefer. For a book that revolves around cooking with fruits and vegetables, however, it would be useful if it were organized by season so one could plan their grocery shopping accordingly.

Otherwise, the book is exactly what you'd expect from Martha. Aesthetically pleasing, adventurous, yet also accessible. There are recipes here for beginning cooks and those who are already comfortable in the kitchen. She features a range of cuisines and offers plenty of interesting ingredient pairings. I also always appreciate the various cooking tips, measurement guides, and other extra features that she typically includes, this time was no exception.

PS - Martha, can I come work on your farm?

(I've never reviewed a cookbook before. I wasn't sure if it "counted" but it came up when I scanned it, so I'm going for it.)
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review 2013-08-04 00:00
Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook - Martha Stewart It's a beautiful book, with a wide variety of recipes for probably near every level of kitchen skill. I'll be trying out the banana bread recipe tomorrow and am reserving rating the book until I can see how a recipe turns out.

Update: banana bread recipe was phenomenal, and turned out well despite my temperamental mixer. Can't wait to try out some more recipes from this book.
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review 2013-03-19 00:00
Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook - Martha Stewart This is not just a basic cookbook, it is a cookbook that shows the "best" way to cook basic foods. Perhaps one notch above a basic cookbook.
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