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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594744890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594744891
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 10.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Creative, comprehensive, and crammed with full-color photos, On a Stick!, by Matt Armendariz, is, frankly, the most awesome cookbook concept we’ve come across in a while (and maybe ever).” —Grandparents.com

“Food blogger and professional photographer Armendiaz’s impressive collection of stick-mounted recipes is enough to keep county fair vendors in business for at least another decade.”—Publishers Weekly

“...a wildly inventive take on finger food.”—Bay Area News Group

On a Stick! is filled with surprising and exotic nibbles—kind of a mash-up of Asian street food and state fair fare.”—Katherine Miller, The Oregonian

From the Author

Matt Armendariz is a man with a passion for good food and a wonderful life with a dash of irreverence, as evidenced by his entertaining food blog, mattbites.com. His work has been recognized by numerous shows and publications, including The New Yorker, Bon Appétit, House Beautiful, Epicurious, Serious Eats, and Everyday Food, and he's even baked cookies with Martha Stewart. He lives in Los Angeles.

More About the Author

Hi! My name is Matt Armendariz and I'm a man obsessed with food, drink and everything in between! I began blogging at the end of 2005 to share my experiences in the food business and all the behind-the-scenes moments. I never knew what began as a labor of love would lead me to so many amazing culinary experiences and I'm delighted to share them with you! Irreverent, goofy, but always delicious!

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I can't wait to try more recipes.
Nisrine
I would recommend this book to anyone who; *Likes unique cookbooks *Is looking for a new, inventive way serve foods at a party.
K
Everyone knows that if you put anything on a stick it's just so much more fun to eat!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By K. Gill on May 3, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I will say up front that I know Matt personally, and he is a friend of mine. I review cookbooks on his website. In a way that might make me biased, however, I believe it makes me qualified to comment on this book because I see hundreds of cookbooks a year, pulling out only the best for review.

I never thought I'd be a food on a stick person, but this book has convinced me of exactly how versatile, easy, and valuable food on a stick is for entertaining. Matt has taken some classic food on a stick (corn dogs, a favorite of mine!!), and has made new recipes- bacon wrapped shrimp, mojito melons, fried mac n cheese, to name a few.

What I like about this book:

- It contains the perfect mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, suggestions on how to adapt some of the meat recipes.
- There is a wide range of recipes, all of which are simple, ingredients are easy to find, sophisticated, and many of them unique (you won't find them elsewhere)
- Each recipe has a photograph, so you know what you're preparing
- The recipes work.

I used to swear by my Martha Stewart Hors D'oeuvres Handbook, which is still a formidable book but which often requires quite a few steps and loads of prep. On A Stick! has taken over the number one go to book for me for its simplicity, range of recipes, and layout.

This is a great book for someone who entertains a lot for children and adults alike, or even someone who has one important party to throw and wants to make a great impression. Many of the recipes can be prepared in stages ahead, so suited to catering.

I've ordered several copies for friends who I know will wear the pages thin, especially going into the summer outdoor dining season!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Short on May 3, 2011
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This book is perfect for parents trying to get picky kids to try new things. I have four boys who all have very different food quirks. This book is a great way to get them involved in trying new things. What kid doesn't want to eat something on a stick? It's fun, tasty, and they can stand right next to you and make their own.

On top of that, this book is ideal for cocktail parties. The ways you can present these recipes are very versatile and will have everyone commenting on how great of an idea it was to put everything on a stick. It brings us all back to being a kid and enjoying our favorite fair foods, comfort foods, etc. People love eating with their hands and this is the perfect way to allow that.

I've moved this book to the font of my collection. This is now my go to book for appetizers, fun meals and kid friendly recipes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gaby on May 3, 2011
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On A Stick! is the perfect book for entertaining. As a personal chef I am always trying to find fun ways to present good food - and this book not only provides me with tons of options but GREAT recipes that I know will become staples for my clients. My personal favorite recipes are the Smore's on a stick, Fried Ravioli and ALL of the meat skewers. I couldn't be happier with this book :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K on June 15, 2011
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Right when I saw this book at my local Books-a-million, I was instantly interested. I collect cookbooks, and In all my hundreds of cookbooks, I do not have a book as interesting and unorginal as On a Stick! This book delivers food in a cute and modern way; on sticks! Giggling aside, the pictures in this book are enough to make anyone's stomach growl; Caprese sticks, Chicken and Waffles(On a stick!), Coconut shrimp, Fish and chips, Spaghetti and meatballs- yes, on a stick! And even Torndado potatos; you know the ones, the coil of fresh fried potato chips that you can only find at fairs or flea markets. Oh yes, he went there. And desserts, Like deepfried chocolate bars the Frozen Elivis; A frozen banana coated in chocolate and coated in peanuts and crumbled bacon!

I would recommend this book to anyone who;
*Likes unique cookbooks
*Is looking for a new, inventive way serve foods at a party.

However, I would also recommend you have one, or both, of two things:
*A fryer
*A grill.

Most of the recipes in On a stick! are fried or grilled. Very few recipes are baked, or cooked by any other method.
If your have either of these, or preferrably both, then what are you waiting for?! Order this cookbook; your missing out BIG TIME!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
My first review of 2012!

On A Stick! 80 Party-Perfect Recipes by Matt Armendariz is a themed cookbook built around the idea of foods on a stick. Think more fair type mini-meals on a stick than tiny little appetizers on picks. These foods are fun and not at all fussy.

When I get a new cookbook, my daughter and I both go through it with sticky notes marking which recipes we want to try out first. This one looks like it's exploded with sticky notes.

I started with the deep fried mushroom recipe because it's a family favorite. The mushroom recipe is simple and tasty and it's paired with a roasted onion dip that's super flavorful and rich. The dip is one that I plan to make for a lot more things.

She wants to make the fried mac and cheese or the really cute take on Scotch eggs next, and I'm eagerly looking forward to warmer weather to try some of the grilled recipes.

A lot of the recipes in here are fried, but there is also a lot of selection for people who prefer not to eat fried foods. The Caprese Sticks are a fun way to serve a reconstructed version of the popular salad, and the beef teriyaki skewers have a not-too-sweet teriyaki sauce and are grilled for smoky flavor.

Lots of meat skewer recipes for people who want something heartier, as well as seafood recipes. Since my family is pretty crazy about seafood and Alaskan cod is very inexpensive in Alaska, the beer battered fish and chips are a meal I could see having at least once a month. I plan to make that later this week for dinner. (Using Alaskan grown potatoes and Alaskan brewed beer for a locally sourced meal!)

You could quite literally serve dinner all on a stick to guests with the recipes in here.
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