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World Party: Vegetarian Appetizers, Hors d’oeuvres and Party Plates, by Roberta Roberti

  • December 05, 2016
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Full disclosure: I was the copy editor of this book. In case you think that makes me want to gush, think again. I had to look at each page with a critical eye. I could not allow myself to be swayed by the pretty pictures or charming anecdotes. Each recipe needed to be thought out and visualized. I’ve read too many cookbooks that omitted a step or even an ingredient. (One cookbook listed a recipe in its index and in one of its menus but left out the actual recipe.)

World Party was a pleasure. I learned food facts that were artfully interspersed with recipes, and was introduced to ingredients far outside my comfort zone. I bookmarked dishes to try and cautiously considered others. Roberta Roberti’s book showed me how deficient I am in the world’s cuisine. Here are a few of the recipes she gives and the country each is from:


Black Bean Cakes with Mango-Peach Salsa


Morocho/Spiced Corn Drink


Pub Ale Cheese Spread


M’baazi/Coconut Beans


Lefse/Potato Crepes


Aceitunas Fritas/Fried Olives


Piyaz/White Bean Salad

I hope you’ll take a look and try this cookbook for the simple pleasure of tempting one’s palate with flavors that might be familiar—or, more excitingly, are not.

World Party: Vegetarian Appetizers, Hors d”oeuvres and Party Plates


1 Comment
  • Roberta • December 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for the review, JM! It was so helpful to have you work with me on this, and a huge load off my plate. (See what I did there? LOL)

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