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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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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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“[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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1st edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307337936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307337931
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rita A. Sowins on May 9, 2008
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A Deliciously Designed cookbook about the up and coming chef of the future! Beautifully photographed and amazing designed designed this book is a treat for any gourmet aficionado!
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i love the photography and the recipes are do-able.
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An insightful read with a calming voice, Govind Armstrong's book would be helpful and fun for anyone cooking for friends. Whether you've spent years in the kitchen or you're just coming around to it now, it's like having a friend right there with you.
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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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First because I found the book, then it arrived very fast! And I love the contents! What could be better? Very informative, recipes with beautiful pictures... Love, love, love it! Thanks Amazon, for always providing such a good service!
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I think I might have liked this cookbook had it been named something different. However, the title I think is a bit misleading. Small Bites, Big Nights: Seductive Little Plates for Intimate Occasions and Lavish Parties made me think I was going to get a book of appetizers and small plates. But many (if not most) of the recipes in the book seemed like normal meal courses or entree dishes sized down only slightly. If that was what I was looking for, I didn't need a specialized cookbook.

That said, if you're looking for multi-coursed menus for dinner parties and not necessarily an appetizer or small plate book, I do think this book is quite beautiful. The dishes featured feel quite luxurious and special. However, many of the dishes do require more expensive or harder to source ingredients and a bit of prep work, so this book seemed to be geared toward someone who is ambitious in the kitchen and doesn't mind spending the time and money that come with it. I do think that in order to get the dishes to come out with timing that would make sense for a dinner party you'd likely need help in the kitchen as logically laying the menu out some dishes would need to be prepared at the same time.

Overall I think it is a lovely book if you're looking for ambitious menus for dinner parties, but it truly isn't a small plates or appetizer book.
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Love this book. Very well made and beautiful. Shipped very promptly. Arrived in near-new condition: just some small blemishes on the dust cover. The price? Less than a third of the cover price!
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