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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 2nd Print edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811824187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811824187
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

If your party planning has you paralyzed by visions of serving pimiento loaf paired with the Pi˜a Coladas, fear not. Sophisticated help is on the way with Cocktail Food, a collection of 50 intriguing, anything-but-ordinary hors d'oeuvres compiled and tested by sisters Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford, with collaborator Lori Lyn Narlock. In an easy-to-follow, uncluttered format perfect for the moderately accomplished kitchen hand, the authors present globally influenced recipes to pair with a wide range of libations.

Suggested snacks to serve with "travel agents"--those brolly-festooned tropical drinks that instantly transport you to de eye-lind, mahn--include Figs in a Blanket, a gorgeous canvas of fresh fig and Gorgonzola brushed with balsamic and walnut oil, then wrapped in prosciutto; and 'ZA!, mini-English-muffin pizzas with Cambozola and sun-dried tomatoes.

Some recipes require minimal prep or cook time. Spear Ecstasy, asparagus with a lemon-tarragon dip, and the Caprese Skewers--made with cherry tomato, mozzarella, and basil--are simplicity itself. But working with phyllo dough, a key ingredient in Mary's Little Lambs, has driven more than one talented amateur chef to swill down the cooking sherry. And a couple of the recipes could get spendy for your little clambake: the authors launch a preemptive strike at anyone intending to substitute lumpfish in their Eggstravaganza! by calling for high-quality caviar. But perhaps a question posed on the back of the book's dust jacket says it best: "Would Holly Golightly settle for chips and dip?" Maybe Tiffany's is no longer serving breakfast, but armed with Cocktail Food, they'd lay on one heck of a happy hour. --Tony Mason

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I may have been only six, but I knew the best thing about my parents' parties was the hors d'oeuvres: cheese puffs, stuffed mushroom caps, pigs nestled doughy blankets. Twenty-six years later, I'm still crazy for finger food, but scallops n' bacon and cheddar pinwheels just won't cut it anymore.

Good thing I found Cocktail Food: 50 finger foods with attitude, the latest offspring from San Francisco caterers Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford (with Lori Lyn Narlock), the twin dream team who brought us the best selling and . Smart, stylish bites from big and bold to light and delicate included the cleverly titled Vietnamese Wrapture (ground pork with hoisin, mint, and basil wrapped in rice paper), Sorry, Charlie (spicy tuna tartare on wonton squares), Leaves of Glory (Parmesan-basil aioli on artichoke leaves), and Figs in a Blanket (fresh figs with gorgonzola and prosciutto), a complete rehab of the mini hot dog classic. The recipes were easy enough for this non-chef to follow, the do-ahead suggestions kept me from slaving in the kitchen during my own soir e, and the planning tips how much booze to buy, how to balance flavors and textures transformed me into a hostess even my husband didn't recognize me. Move over, Martha.


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I found several recipes that I did use and would make again.
jannie
As with any cookbook many of the recipes did not meet my need, but this book is my primary resource when planning a appetizers for a party.
Derryl E. Millican
It's chock full of great recipes that are easy to make and very good tasting.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Diane Morgan on September 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Like with their other two books, SMOOTHIES, and WRAPS, this twin cooking team present easy yet exciting ideas. As caterers, these two know guests like bold, bright flavors that come in one bite. This book offers their best ideas and recipes for the home cook that doesn't happen to have a caterer in the kitchen. Love the vietnamese wratures, the uno mas quesadillas, caprese skewers, and rosemary tartlets. There is no shortage of recipes to try for the holiday season ahead.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Hapgood on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This recipes in this book are immaginative and inspiring. I have been looking for one book that has fun new recipes and unique presentations that will "wow" my friends and I have finally found it. This book has the latest trends with easy to do recipes.... I highly recommend this for people who truly love food and have fun entertaining! I would like to see more from these authors!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amy Betonte on November 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Recently bought this book to help in preparing a cocktail party. What a gem. It may be a little book, but it is gorgeous and so very hip. The food is kind of fusion cooking--elegantly combining east west north and south recipes--but oh so easy and time saving. The do ahead tips are worth its price alone. This is a definate must have for all party people. Thank you amazon for the reviewers who went before me, they largely influenced my purchase and this book does not disappoint.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Although the other reviews were excellent and not wrong, I found this book a little dissapointing and yet not. I did not find the recipes innovative, they had cute names but many were ones I have done or seen in the past. That said, their recipes work! The recipes are tasty and they can be presented very well without a lot of work, some look very sophisticated for the ease by which they are created. I also thought it is a small book. The size could have been what was most disappointing to me since I paid full price through a cookbook club. For the money I paid, I expected a book with enough recipes that I can not carry it around in my purse. What makes this book a keeper is how they divided the chapters with complimenting flavors together so people can easily do themes or plan their menus with more ease and the introduction were they went into detail about planning and work organization to help execute the ideas and a perfect party. What brings this almost to a 5 star is I really liked the extra notes under each recipe on prep, what can be done ahead, how long and any other special notes. These litte tidbits make using this book a breeze and cooking from it enjoyable.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "beachcats" on January 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Bought this book on a whim at the UCLA book fair. Have used recipes from it for two parties and received rave reviews! Love the mushroom in puff pastry, pepperoni pinwheels, and the shrimp with sesame seed recipes in particular. (Keep in mind that I also believe that puff pastry should be made a food group...so I may be biased.) I do agree that the recipe names are a little cutsie and annoying, but do NOT let that get in your way. It's chock full of great recipes that are easy to make and very good tasting. The fact that my very picky gourmet cook of an aunt liked what I made from here validated the purchase in a heartbeat.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
i made the sesame shrimp with tahini sauce for a catering job and everyone just gobbled it all up! they loved the texture of sesame with the shrimp and the dip was a great combo!i will definitely make this over again!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Cocktail Food: 50 Finger Foods with Attitude" is my third cookbook by the Corpening sisters. The other two are "Wraps" and "Smoothies," and they're every bit as good. These women have a knack for often unusual, very flavorful food with very strange names. This book includes a number of good hints for any occasion at which you wish to serve finger food. They even give figures for how many hors d'oeuvres and drinks to serve. Then you'll find directions for pairing hors d'eouvres with drinks, and a couple of "themes" for possible parties.

Weird recipe names is one way in which this cookbook stands out. How could you forget a cookbook with recipes like "oink!" and "steaked and thai-ed?" Mind you, when someone asks me what those marvelous little delicacies are over there on the table, you can bet I'll be saying "oh, that's skewered thai-style steak with lime, jalapeno, and mint." Unless, of course, the questioner is either a very good friend or someone I'd like to irritate.
"Bold flavors" has become a cliche. When I think of bold in relation to cooking I think of bland A-1 steak sauce ads. But when the Corpening sisters get together, bold is the most appropriate adjective I can think of. Bayou Biscuits give you the distinctive flavor of Andouille sausage. Delhi Blues is a combination of blue cheese and walnut shortbread with chutney! The Smoked Salmon Bonbons are exquisite. We like to use the tahini-ginger dipping sauce that's meant to go with shrimp and serve it with shrimp chips instead.

You'll find more recipes like this throughout the book--bold, exquisite symphonies of flavor that bowl you over.
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