Alisha Randell checks out Picture-Perfect Meals: Little Book of Appetizers.
By Alisha Randell
This book is created by Cheryl Beverage Barnes and photographed by her husband Adam Barnes, both of the wonderful site Picture Perfect Meals whose subtitle is “Changing the way you look at food”.
The opening statement on the first page reads “Your go-to collection of irresistible bites and welcoming nibbles featuring both classic and contemporary favorites that are not only easy to prepare, but are made with ingredients free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, added MSG and hydrogenated oils.”
The book is filled with an assortment of delightful recipes and stunning photographs, that will instantly create a desire within you to fill your home with guests and the warming aromas of such appetizers as “Crab Cake Bites with Spicy Rémoulade” featured on their site here.
I chose two appetizers based on what I had on hand at the time. I did have to make just a couple of adjustments as I had meyer lemons and clementines, and my puff pastry was whole wheat. I also had a few snips of garden herbs that I wanted to use up, so added them to the cheese straws.
One of my favorite things about the book, aside from it’s easy to follow instructions, is that at the end of each recipe we are offered a set of tips that the author provides. The tips come in three categories to
assist your entertaining experience a bit further. The categories are Planning, Product Purity and Presentation.
Both of these appetizers were a delight, and will be made again I assure :) The book makes a wonderful kitchen companion and would make an equally wonderful gift for any one at any level of cooking skill.
picture-perfect meals: Little Book of Appetizers can be purchased and previewed here on Picture Perfect Meals .Print
*Note: Images by Alisha Randell with exception of the book cover shot and original images shown in the book.
Alisha Randell is a former Executive Chef turned Private Chef and Culinary Instructor. She is the Co-Creator/Author of The Ardent Epicure blog “An Ode to the Pleasures of Food”. Growing up with a dad as a culinary guide, whom was as well an executive chef, food and seeing food as an art form has been a lifelong passion and exploration.