REVIEW – 750 Best Appetizers

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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750 Best Appetizers cookbook review

750 Best Appetizers: From Dips and Salsas to Spreads and Shooters

  • Author: Judith Finlayson and Jordan Wagman
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose (August 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778802728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778802723
  • Cover price $24.95


The quintessential book of appetizers for any occasion.

There are more than 750 recipes to choose from because we’ve tried to make sure you have a selection to suit every possible occasion — from a dress-down backyard barbecue to the most elegant sit-down dinner.

We’ve also considered the need to satisfy a variety of dietary preferences, from strictest vegans to wide-ranging omnivores. And, since we know you’re probably doings lots of things at once, many recipes can be prepared ahead of time or made in your slow cooker while you’re busy with something else.

This book is structured to cover a broad range of options. There are 16 chapters built around specific types of dishes, such as Dips and Spreads, or specific ingredients, such as Fish and Seafood or Cheese. We’ve also categorized by presentation, since it’s an integral component to appetizers, so you’ll find chapters like Wraps and Rolls.

A tray of appetizers always seems celebratory, and there is nothing like home-cooked food to make people feel welcome. Use this book to create hors d’oeuvres that will delight your family and friends—then relax and enjoy the party yourself!

JUDITH FINLAYSON is a bestselling author whose life-long love of cooking has translated into sales of over 1.5 million copies of her books. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
CHEF JORDAN WAGMAN has received national recognition from the James Beard Foundation and was nominated as a “Rising Star in North America.” He lives in Concord, Ontario.


I received a copy of 750 Best Appetizers. Chapters include

  • Dips and Spreads
  • Salsas
  • Shooters
  • Wraps and Rolls
  • Savory Tarts, Dumplings and Crepes
  • Crackers, Crostini, Toasts and Pizza
  • Panini, Sandwiches and Tartines
  • Fish and Seafood
  • Sticks and Picks
  • Knives and Forks
  • Cheese Please
  • Mostly Veggies and Bar Noshes
  • Poultry and Meat
  • Slow Cooker
  • Desserts
  • Basics and Condiments

It probably goes without saying that there are a lot of recipes in this book, but boy are there a lot of recipes in this book! I’ve got cookbooks with far fewer recipes that are this size or larger. Color coding on the edges of the pages would make it really helpful for when you’re hunting for something specific. The recipes included are all easy to understand. There are very few photos in this cookbook,  two dozen in the middle of the book to be specific. I really with there had been more photos, ideally one for each recipe or one for a type of recipe or something. For me photos catch my eye and create interest in a recipe, plus they also break up page after page of text. I also wish prep and cooking time was included, since I often base my decision on that information. This would be a good cookbook for someone who likes a lot of variety in what they serve.

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