Cook the Book: 'Salty Snacks'

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Whether you're glued to the World Series (go Giants!), addicted to football, or just a passive observer, chances are you'll find yourself at more than a few sports game parties this fall. And while nachos, hot wings, and cheap beer are all welcome game-time snacks, sometimes a break from routine is welcome. Cynthia Nims's new cookbook, Salty Snacks, is chock full of treats like fried shrimp, marinated olives, five-spice duck skin cracklings, and curry pickled quail eggs.

Most of the recipes are quick and easy to throw together the morning of a party; if not, Nims provides clear make-ahead directions. And hey, if you're just looking to satisfy your own salt-tooth (and who doesn't have a salt tooth these days?), there's nothing wrong with whipping up your own personal batch of snacks to keep hidden away at your desk.

This week, we're cooking up a mess of game worthy snacks. We'll start out with trendy Kale Chips with Lemon and Ginger and then dive into decadent Spicy Tortilla Crisps with Queso Fundito. Next, we'll satisfy our sweet teeth with Caramel-Masala Popcorn and Pistachios and then fry up Tempura Green Beans with Tapenade Dip. Finally, we'll end the week with easy-yet-impressive Mustard Soft Pretzels.

Win 'Salty Snacks'

Thanks to the good folks at Ten Speed Press, we have five (5) copies of Salty Snacks to give away this week. All you need to do is tell us the one (salty) snack food you cannot resist in the comments section below.

About the author: Kate Williams is a freelance writer out of Berkeley, CA. She is a contributor to The Oxford American and blogs at cookingwolves.wordpress.com.

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