Cook the Book: Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook

Book CoverWords by Michele Humes | My passion for this week's Cook the Book pick, Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook, could fill a book of its own. Chapter 1: In which I notice Martha's finger food bible in the personal collection of every caterer I have ever worked for; Chapter 2: In which I am won over by the spectacular photography, the breadth of the recipes and the relevance of the style; Chapter 3: In which I throw a housewarming party powered largely by this formidable tome. I could go on and on, but I'm supposed to be telling you how to win a copy of your own.

Back in the 80s, hors d'oeuvres meant tray upon tray of little bread shapes topped with meat, cheese or some combination thereof. You'll find classic canapés in this handbook, of course, but you'll also find recipes for big bowls of warm, spiced nuts, all manner of elegant and unexpected empanaditas, and demitasses of soups both hot and chilled.

As we enter the territory of last-minute holiday preparations, we'll be posting one of Martha's impeccable hors d'oeuvres every day this week. Expect a boozy chicken liver pâté; a wintry dip of mustard greens, white beans and bacon; blue cheese-pecan icebox crackers to make ahead, and 13 inventive fillings for tartlet shells.

Win 'Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook'

Thanks to the fine folks at Clarkson Potter, we are giving away five (5) copies of Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook. In the comments below, just share your proudest home entertaining moment.

Contest will end and comments will close at 3 p.m. ET, Monday, December 29, 2008. One entry per community member. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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