Cook the Book: Small Bites

This September we’re eating canapes, hors de’oeuvres, finger foods and more.

Cook the Book is our monthly foodie-literary meet up, and is next meeting on Tuesday, September 15 at 1 p.m. This month we’re talking all about small bites, and our favorite recipes and tips that go along with them.

Prepare a dish to share with others via Zoom and bring with your favorite recipes. Register online here.

Many cookbooks have a chapter on appetizers and small bites. Below are some of the cookbooks we have in the library collection covering tapas, cheese boards, sweet morsels and more, with links to check them out.

Small Bites: Tapas, Sushi, Mezze, Antipasta, and Other Finger Foods
by Jennifer Joyce Request

Southern Snacks: 77 Recipes for Small Bites with Big Flavors by Perre Magness Request

Graze: Inspiration for Small Plates and Meandering Meals by Suzanne Lenzer Request

Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen by Kathy Patalsky Request

Cook’s Illustrated All-Time Best Appetizers Request

Hungry Girl Happy Hour: 75 Recipes for Amazingly Fantastic Guilt-Free Cocktails and Party Foods by Lisa Lillien Request

Kitchen Sense: More Than 600 Recipes to Make You a Great Home Cook
by Mitchell Davis Request

Pulutan!: Filipino Bar Bites, Appetizers and Street Eats by Marvin Gapultos Request

Martha Stewart’s Appetizers: 200 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Snacks, Small Plates, and Other Delicious Hors d’oeuvres, Plus 30 Cocktails Request

Fiestas: Tidbits, Margaritas & More by Marcela Valladolid Request

That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life: Creative Gatherings and Self-Care with the Cheese by Numbers Method by Marissa Mullen Request

Gourmet Game Night: Bite-Sized, Mess-Free Eating for Board-Game Parties, Bridge Clubs, Poker Nights, Book Groups, and More by Cynthia Nims Request

Popcorn!: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes by Carol Beckerman Request

Vegan Treats: Easy Vegan Bites & Bakes: Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Refined-Sugar Free by Emma Hollingsworth Request

The Cookie Book: Decadent Bites for Every Occasion by Rebecca Firth Request

The Real Japanese Izakaya Cookbook: 120 Classic Bar Bites from Japan
by Wataru Yokota Request


Get more cooking and baking ideas with digital magazines!

Your Plano Public Library card gets you free access to dozens of digital magazines like Eating Well, Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Living, Clean Eating, Cook’s Illustrated and more. We have two apps for digital magazines: Flipster and RBdigital.

To read more about getting started with Flipster, see our blog post here.

To read more about getting started with RBdigital, see our blog post here.

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