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On a Stick!: 80 Party-Perfect Recipes Paperback – May 3, 2011
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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.
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Many of the recipes are rather complex and require time, skill, and luck. Quite a few recipes require frying, and I never have learned to fry food. Everything is from scratch, no shortcuts assembling pre-made foods.
Listing the nutritional information, cooking technique -- grill, fry, or bake -- and the prep time would help users go from casual browsing to real menu planning. The fried spaghetti and meatballs makes a lovely picture, but time-consuming: first make spaghetti and meatballs, chill 12 hours, then assemble -- finally fry each of 8 portions separately for 6 to 8 minutes. The frying alone would require an hour.
Specific recipes might intimidate me, but I'm still thrilled with the purchase. Balancing out the "oh, no, that's too hard" are simple great ideas for party foods, quick kabobs and simple desserts. Tastes from around the globe and the US. It's a beautiful inspiration to create new presentations of your favorite recipes -- leafing through it my housemate and I started talking about ways to use paneer and other foods we love and serve 'em up on-a-stick with fantastic dipping sauce. Well worth it for the pictures and ideas alone. Food should be fun!
I was expecting a lot of ridiculous novelty items, and there are some ridiculous things in this book (Fried spaghetti and meatballs on a stick, anyone?), but there are good quality recipes in this book.
The recipes are easy to follow, and the introductory section about cooking with skewers/sticks would be helpful for someone without a lot of kitchen knowledge (soak wooden skewers first, sugarcane makes an excellent skewer for meat, etc).
I did come across a couple of ingredients that I've never stumbled upon in my grocery store, but for the most part, these recipes don't require anything you can't easily procure.
I took this with me to work prior to the Superbowl and everyone (different levels of cooking ability and varied tastes) found something they loved in the book.