Saturday, December 22, 2012

Tiny Food Party: bite-size recpes for miniature meals, by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park

We live in a world where bigger is better, and biggest reigns supreme. But shouldn’t we also enjoy the little things in life? Bloggers Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park seem to think so. In fact, they have written Tiny Food Party!: bite-size recipes for miniature meals, a beautifully photographed celebration of appetizer sized fare.
Fisher and Park include a wide assortment of recipes separated into chapters for appetizers, entrees, desserts, and even cocktails. No need to worry that this is a homogenized version of chicken tenders and stuffed shrimp. Various ethnically inspired dishes such as Mexican churros and Vietnamese báhn mì sit alongside downsized traditional recipes like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, to create tiny, handheld version of each.
Furthermore, these recipes are neither fussy and nor difficult to make. Actually, each recipe is broken down into two to four main parts. These recipes have built-in stopping points. As the authors stated in the introduction, “Food and cooking don’t have to be stuffy or fussy… It should be easy and fun to put together, with a minimal amount of stress.” Following that logic, nearly all recipes involve simple, easy to locate ingredients. If the item is not easy to locate, Fisher and Park include tips on how to find it, or even make it. Nothing is out of your grasp!
Want to throw your own tiny food party? There are some great presentation tips available through Fisher and Park’s blog, Spoon Fork Bacon. You can adapt recipes from other appetizer books like The Ultimate Appetizer Book: more than 450 no-fuss nibbles and drinks, plus simple party planning tips. Book publisher Quirky Books even offers free menus and pictures of other readers’ tiny food parties. So don’t forget to take pictures of your own tiny party, and get your tiny grub on!

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