Cook the Book: 'Simple Italian Snacks'

Words by Michele Humes | Congratulations on surviving Thanksgiving! Of course, just when November is safely out of the way, along comes December with its back-to-back cocktail parties and family gatherings. Thankfully, it's Jason Denton and Kathryn Kellinger to the rescue with their Simple Italian Snacks.

The latest book from the chef behind some of New York City's best-loved wine bars—'ino, 'inotecca, Lupa and Bar Milano—picks up where Simple Italian Sandwiches left off. Denton is still spreading the gospel that fine ingredients can speak louder than lengthy preparations, but has expanded his offerings to include party nibbles, small plates and full suppers.

Each day this week, we'll be posting a party-ready recipe with an Italian accent—just add prosecco. Expect cocktail-friendly skewers of sausage meatballs and bocconcini, a cool-weather Roman-style bruschetta without a tomato in sight, and some seriously chic black olive and cucumber finger sandwiches, more dry martini than Earl Grey tea.

Win 'Simple Italian Snacks'

Courtesy of the fine folks at William Morrow, we are giving away five (5) copies of Simple Italian Snacks. In the comments below, just tell us your go-to party snack, be it Chex Mix or something a little more labor-intensive.

Contest will end and comments will close at 3 p.m. ET, Monday, December 8, 2008. One entry per community member. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.