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On a Stick!: 80 Party-Perfect Recipes Paperback – May 3, 2011
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“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
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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:
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!!
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quick and extremely excellent recipes for easy finger-food entertainingPublished 12 months ago by mompoppe
Lots of interesting recipes for different foods on sticks. Sweet, savoury and sauces to go with them. Lovely book for finger foods for partys for kids and grown ups.Published on May 17, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I like appetizers and thought they could offer some new ideas... which they did in this book. It even gave me an idea for a pot luck party... Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Becky