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Small Bites, Big Nights: Seductive Little Plates for Intimate Occasions and Lavish Parties Hardcover – April 10, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1ST edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307337936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307337931
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Celeb chef Tyler Florence writes in the foreword that "Govind Armstrong [the executive chef and co-owner of Table 8 restaurant] is the new king of Los Angeles and I want to tell everybody about it." Armstrong's big personality certainly comes across in the pages of this festive book; his passion, dedication and playfulness are evident from the first lines of his intro to the last recipe, and he never gets pretentious about it. After a discussion of the well-stocked pantry, there are chapters—somewhat sporadically arranged—on cocktails and hors d'oeuvres; grilled dishes (Grilled Squid with Green Garbanzos and Bruschetta, for example); dinner party food; comfort foods; "Sexy Savories," such as Heart & Sole and Breakfast in Bed (an omelet with asparagus, morels and goat cheese); and "Lounge Foods," like Scotch Quail Eggs with Chorizo, Smashed Spuds with Sliced Beef and Blue Cheese, and Krispy Kreme "Coffee & Doughnuts." Even recipes that sound intimidating are approachable (although readers will have to get used to the somewhat unconventional recipe format in which ingredients are listed on the left and amounts on the right). But that's a quibble, for the 125 color photos are simple and striking enough to make up for that. (Apr.)
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Review

“[This] is everything you’re looking for in a cookbook.”
—Tyler Florence, from the foreword

“Govind Armstrong’s unique cooking style is reflected in every page of this compelling book. The vitality of his recipes ensures that your party will be successful and memorable.”
—Drew Nieporent, restaurateur / owner of Tribeca Grill, Nobu,
Rubicon, Centrico, and Mai House

“Chef Govind Armstrong’s cooking is sensual and understated.”
—Los Angeles Times

“Govind toiled in our City Restaurant kitchen with the serious
exuberance his high school mates reserved for playing soccer
and spin the bottle. . . . It’s no wonder his cooking and his recipes are such a joy! His food is simple yet innovative, deeply satisfying, and beckons you to the stove.”
—Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, owners of Border Grill and Ciudad restaurants

“Govind Armstrong embodies all the admirable qualities of a
modern chef: A passion for great products, outstanding culinary skill, and a zeal for life that winds up on every plate and in every heart he touches.”
—Richard Coraine, chief operating officer, Union Square
Hospitality Group, New York

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Customer Reviews

A nice book to have for parties or just gathering with friends.
Nancy A. Dixon
Very informative, recipes with beautiful pictures... Love, love, love it!
HENRIETTE SCHOLTZE
You will not be disappointed in the results of these delicous recipes.
C. Ramsey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. Ramsey on May 13, 2007
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Our gourmet group used this cookbook for last nights feast (and it was a feast!) We were four couples, each making two recipes. The flavors were outstanding. There was not a bad recipe in the bunch. However, for one person to make the meal that we did, would take a week of preparation. Though not dificult individually, the recipes were very time consuming. Non of us attempted the challanging recipes. The medium ones were quite difficult enough. You will not be disappointed in the results of these delicous recipes. But I highly recommend this book with the reservation that you share the responsibilities with a group of people who enjoy cooking and are adventurous.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 19, 2007
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I have large cookbook collection and have reviewed many of them here on amazon. On most of the reviews, the number of stars comes pretty quickly to me, but this one came with some deliberation. I was in between whether three to five stars.

Five stars on the drinks especially! They are just outstanding and fun! Table 8 Creamsickle is so smooth with its tangerine or clementine vodka based delight! Five stars also on the exceptionally fine photos and paper stock and layout. Typical fine offering of Clarkson Potter.

Three stars however is my conclusion on food offerings, as they mostly don't inspire me to cook them. Lots of challenging ones involving many steps and ingredients, neither of which I'm not into, but need lots of inspiration to attempt. Most of these don't meet that level, e.g. Grilled Cheese with Short Ribs.

Some might be into this food more than me, so let each have his cookbook and eat it too. This is nice, but doubt if it will get much usage at my table.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Howell on April 23, 2007
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I think this cookbook warrants 5 stars. I think Govind Armstrong has a new take on cooking. He is a real chef as opposed to Martha Stewart (whose recipes are often terrible) and Rachel Ray - (everything tastes the same). The recipes are so flavorful--some of them take many steps, but they're not difficult. Any dish that tastes this good is worth doing. I highly recommend this cookbook to anyone who likes to cook.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brad J. Benjaminson on May 14, 2007
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Govind's approach to couisine is remarkable and (unconsciously) deceptive. The book's layout is completed with great quality and brilliant colors. However, not enough effort was spent for the neo-beginner, like me, to understand more about individual plates with directions including pictures of stages and completed servings. I'm not an accomplished cook by any stretch of the mind, but I do know my way around my kitchen. It's easier for me to paint by the numbers and see a finished product, then to imagine how completion may appear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn on December 28, 2009
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Love this book! Recipes very in degree of difficulty, but even the hard ones are easy if you follow the steps. I have tried many of them and they are excellent...no complaints from me or my company...only raves!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Dixon on January 20, 2009
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This is a fantastic book, some of the ingredients may need to be special ordered. But Chef Govind also gives tips and suggestions, along with substitions with almost every recipe. A nice book to have for parties or just gathering with friends.
Nancy
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I love the Cook Book, I loved how he wrote about each dish, I felt like I was getting to know the chef!
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