Overview

Fans of Cindy Pawlcyn'¬?s Mustards Grill have been making meals out of her sampler-size starters for years. In BIG SMALL PLATES, Cindy brings home the biggest trend in eating out, with generously scaled recipes that promise less fuss and more flavors than traditional appetizers. The wide-ranging collection of universally appealing recipes spans soups, finger foods, salads, scoopables, and even sweets designed to satisfy big appetites as well as grazers. An alternative to conventional, varietyless main-course ...
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Overview

Fans of Cindy Pawlcyn'¬?s Mustards Grill have been making meals out of her sampler-size starters for years. In BIG SMALL PLATES, Cindy brings home the biggest trend in eating out, with generously scaled recipes that promise less fuss and more flavors than traditional appetizers. The wide-ranging collection of universally appealing recipes spans soups, finger foods, salads, scoopables, and even sweets designed to satisfy big appetites as well as grazers. An alternative to conventional, varietyless main-course cooking, Cindy's small plate recipes deliver the inspiration and reliability that make this new way of eating-and entertaining-practical at home.
  • A cookbook of 150 sampler-size recipes from Mustards Grill, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, and Pawlcyn's home repertoire, in her signature all-American style with Californian and global influences.
  • Includes 150 gorgeous food, ingredient, and location photos.
  • Pawlcyn's previous book MUSTARDS has sold more than 60,000 copies.
  • MUSTARDS won the James Beard award for Best American Cookbook in 2002 and was nominated for the IACP Cookbook of the Year Award.
Reviews

"Cindy Pawlcyn is all about big fun and big flavors."-San Jose Mercury News

"Cindy Pawlcyn's rollicking Big Small Plates has a cornucopia of brightly flavored small dishes." -Boston Globe

"As a basic guide to the wonderful fare served at Mustards and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, Big Small Plates has more than enough to go around." -Wine News

"The kind of cookbook I just can't resist." -Oakland Tribune

"[A]n ample selection of some of the more delicious tidbits you'll ever taste." -Sacramento Bee

"Pawlcyn's new book focuses on small plates-tapas-in a grand way." -Baltimore Sun

"Buy this book because the recipes are flavorful, diverse, and conducive to infinite applications." -ChefTalk.com

"The Napa Valley super chef and entrepreneur's praiseworthy-and successful-attempt to bring the small-plates trend into the home kitchen."-San Francisco Chronicle"Anyone looking for first courses or cocktail party food recipes will find no lack of inspiration here."-Booklist"An enormously appealing book full of heart, and food that's refreshingly real and often adventurous."-Portland Oregonian

 
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her newest (after Mustards Grill Napa Valley Cookbook), Pawlcyn explores her love of appetizers and small dishes, emphasizing foods from Spain, Mexico, and Central and South America and including recipes from the her restaurants, past and present. She breaks down chapters into playful categories: "Sticks, Picks, and with Fingers," for example, focuses on foods meant to be eaten by hand, Pawlcyn's admittedly favorite way to eat. Foods served on toast, tortillas or shells appear under "On a Raft," while "Bowls and Spoons" features soups and stews (such as Mussels and Clams with Andouille Sausage in Tangerine Broth). Throughout, Pawlcyn favors seasonal ingredients, be it a recipe for Grilled Radicchio and Scallions with Black Olives or Crispy Fried Rabbit with Dijon-Chervil Sauce. While some dishes, like Pan Roasted Hazelnuts and Chile Garlic Peanuts, are straightforward, others, such as Salt Cod Cakes with Garlic Aioli, require a bit of work. But Pawlcyn is unapologetic: "When it comes to cooking, the little extra you do makes a huge difference, so sweat the details." But the desserts (Baked Peach Crisps, Oranges and Smashed Cherries) are delightfully simple, and the menu suggestions at the end, categorized by season, will inspire any home cook. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Pawlcyn has a number of California restaurants to her credit, including the renowned Fog City Diner in San Francisco, and she is also the author of several previous cookbooks. In 2000, she sold her interest in her Bay Area restaurants so that she could concentrate on Mustards Grill, in Napa Valley, and a new restaurant that eventually became Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen. The Jacinto brothers started working in her restaurants in 1983 and went on to become chefs-partners of, respectively, the Backstreet Kitchen and Mustards. Here are recipes for Pawlcyn's favorite type of food, "small plates"--little dishes meant to be shared with friends--organized into categories such as "Sticks, Picks, and with Fingers" and "Knife and Fork." The recipes are inspired by cuisines from around the world, with an emphasis on those of Latin America, Asia, and the Mediterranean. Many of the casual, mouth-watering dishes are shown in full-page color photographs, and the book concludes with a chapter of desserts, menu suggestions, and a short glossary of ingredients and techniques. Highly recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607744504
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,336,701
  • File size: 46 MB
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Meet the Author

CINDY PAWLCYN is the chef-owner of three Napa Valley restaurants: Mustards Grill, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, and Go Fish. Cindy is considered one of the most influential and accomplished women chefs in America. She lives in St. Helena, California.
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