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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (February 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586857819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586857813
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

As the small plate fad migrates from restaurants to kitchen tables, this chic cookbook does its best to convince readers that grazing on a half dozen snacks is a novel and exciting way to eat. Perhaps it is. But few of the recipes in this book are necessarily small plates; throw another few Coffee and Spice Lamb Kebobs on the grill and you've got a hearty dinner. Likewise, the Farfalle with Creamy Peas and Prosciutto is rich and delicious, but nothing about it (except the serving size) separates it from a traditional main course. The cookbook also includes cocktail tidbits like Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Bundles, which are crispy and would work as an appetizer as well as a small plate. But beyond its central gimmick, this cookbook does offer lovely, easy-to-prepare recipes, and it's hard to find fault with such an eclectic and appealing collection. A Fennel, Orange and Pecan Salad balances the licorice taste of fennel with the tanginess of blue cheese. Braised Beef Short Ribs with Wide Egg Noodles is pure comfort food-warming and substantial. And Feta and Herb Stuffed Shrimp is so zesty it almost demands a big plate.
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"Small Plates leads cooks on a multicultural tasting journey as instructive as it is pleasurable...The book's a winner." -- MSNBC.com's Joan Wolfe

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My dinner parties are going to be even more fun to put on.
Laverne
I have a lot of cookbooks, some that I keep for only one or two favorite recipes that I got back to regularly.
K. Barrett
It's full of very simple recipes, easy to follow, and delicious.
Kris Rosasco

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Barrett on January 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was given this book as a gift just a few weeks ago and it has since become my favorite cookbook. The recipes are accessible to even average-skilled cooks and are absolutely trustworthy, meaning that if you follow the author's directions, you will end up with delicious, impressive dishes that are exactly as she describes. She offers a broad range of recipes, but nothing so esoteric that you can't find the ingredients at your local market. Although the book is about small plates, each of the recipes can stand alone as a meal or a course. I find myself picking it up in the morning and selecting a dish to cook for dinner. I'll pick up whatever fresh ingredients I need on the way home from work and then in under an hour I'll have a masterpiece ready to serve. I have a lot of cookbooks, some that I keep for only one or two favorite recipes that I got back to regularly. What makes this cookbook different is that there are dozens of recipes I know I'll use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kris Rosasco on November 6, 2006
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Wow, love this book. It's full of very simple recipes, easy to follow, and delicious. The photography is also very beautiful. I'm not a cook by any means, but I found this book very friendly to the non-chef. I've ordered several copies and am giving them away for Christmas, they make a fantastic gift.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Meredith on July 1, 2008
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When a cookbook gives me at least one really great recipe, it is worth the money. This book provides page after page of scrumptious fare! It is for those with adventuresome tastebuds and willing to invest a little time preparing a tasty meal. Do not buy this book if you are looking for appetizer recipes in the typical sense. The recipes in this collection feature flavors from around the world. They run the gamut from bread based tasties to flavorful soups, unique salads, vegetables, pasta, meats and seafoods with a nice assortment of sauces and salsa. Each dish typically provides about 4 - 6 small servings. Make several for a little party, or prepare one just for yourself with leftovers. Enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 21, 2010
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Marguerite Marceau Henderson, Small Plates: Appetizers As Meals (Gibbs Smith, 2006)

An intriguing idea for a cookbook, this; appetizer-style recipes quirked into meal form. I'm not sure it's entirely successful, concept-wise; too many of these seem more like scaled-down entrees than scaled-up appetizers, which makes me wonder how it differs from your basic cookbook. But the recipes themselves are solid, so I can't be all that hard on it. Pick it up from the library and give it a look before deciding you want it in your permanent collection. *** ˝
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. G. King TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2010
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I was surprised at the large quantities proposed in these recipes, but many are delicious and worth repeating even if I do have to reduce the recipe. The book is divided into the customary sections with an intro that defines 'small plates' as 'unpretentious bites of robust and intense flavors, more substantial than a cocktail snack, not as hearty as an entree. They are ideal for diners who are curious about flavor, adventurous about taste and who want to vary their dining experience. . .' This was partly what I expected, but I also expected small quantities and these recipes are from 4-6 healthy servings up to 15, with sauce recipes making from 1-3 cups in most cases. But wait--I am not serving an army--I'm usually serving one or two. I can see the value of the larger quantities for people who intend to use them for entertaining, but otherwise excessive and more complicated than necessary (having to reduce the recipe).

My theory is that small quantities of really delicious food is as good for the waistline as it is for the palette and I hoped this book would help me with that. In the flavor department, I am delighted with many of these recipes. One salad, for example, was a combination I'd have never thought to try until I had it in a gourmet restaurant and was shocked by how incredible it was--watermelon, cantaloupe and cucumber with a light vinegar and oil type dressing. I couldn't get over it and was eager to repeat it at home, so when I found this combination as a recipe in the book (different dressing but close enough) I was enthusiastic about trying others.

So far I haven't been disappointed with any of the recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BellaBimbe on July 31, 2006
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This cookbook is my new favorite! The recipes are easy to make and they actually come to the table looking just like pictures in the book! The fresh elegance and crispness that shines through from the beautiful snapshots on Henderson's pages easily allows me to make any party a success! I have cooked several of these "small plates" now and each time I come to the table with something new, my family is eager to try and always ask for more! Enjoy!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan on May 15, 2006
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Marguerite's second cook book, Small Plates, is just as good as her first, Savor the Memories. I have used the first one so many times that every page is stained with olive oil and tomato juice. This second book is fabulous. I have already made four recipes and each one has been better than the last! I served the Grilled Chicken and Fresh Herb salad to my friends and they called it the "Flavor Explosion" salad. I am sure that this book will get just as much use, if not more than the first. WOnderful!!!
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