Little Foods of the Mediterranean: 500 Fabulous Recipes for Antipasti, Tapas, Hors D'Oeuvre, Meze, and More


Mediterranean food expert Clifford Wright presents a jaw-dropping collection of more than 500 recipes for all sorts of appetizers, snacks, and little foods traditional across the Mediterranean.

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Mediterranean food expert Clifford Wright presents a jaw-dropping collection of more than 500 recipes for all sorts of appetizers, snacks, and little foods traditional across the Mediterranean.

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Publishers Weekly
Wright continues his exploration of the Mediterranean region (after Mediterranean Vegetables and A Mediterranean Feast) with this investigation of tapas, antipasti, meze and whatever else one might call small dishes that start a meal. The recipes-and there are a generous 500 included-are uniformly excellent, but sometimes Wright's commitment to authenticity leads to too much exotica (Curried Cucumber and Lamb Tongue Skewers, Vols-au-Vent Stuffed with Veal Sweetbreads and Black Truffles), with too little space dedicated to clever but more accessible tidbits such as Spinach with Garlic Yogurt on Fried Arabic Bread and Rolled Yogurt Balls. Numerous recipes, such as Tunisian Lamb, Brain, and Fried Potato Frittata with Cheeses and Baby Octopus in Piquant Sauce call for hard-to-locate ingredients. Chapters are organized by type of dish, with two chapters dedicated to fried foods: the one on fried turnovers opens with four recipes for briks (North African pastries). Another chapter on cheese-based foods (despite Wright's earlier insistence that cheese "is too rich and heavy" to make a good starter) includes Taleggio Cheese and Buckwheat Flour Fritters from Lombardy. Although Wright provides copious information in headnotes and sidebars, there is one integral thing lacking. A long list of menus for parties of various types and an introduction that details the history of eating small dishes before a larger meal are helpful, but there is no indication of how to figure portion sizes when serving items such as Pizza Margherita, Stockfish, Fava Bean, and Potato Stew from Liguria and Polenta with Porcini Mushrooms as entrees. (Oct.) Forecast: Americans may resist putting much effort into a dish that will be scooped up immediately before the "real meal" starts. This may be a harder sell than Wright's Real Stew and his James Beard Award-winning A Mediterranean Feast. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Several other solid books on the "little" dishes of the Mediterranean have recently appeared, including Diane Kochilas's Meze and Anissa Helou's Mediterranean Street Food, but none has the wide-ranging scope of this latest entry in the genre. Author of several books on Italian food and The Mediterranean Feast, an authoritative cookbook/culinary history, Wright turns to the mouth-watering tidbits and other delectable morsels that are staples of the region, from the Iberian Peninsula to the Middle East and North Africa. The hundreds of recipes, grouped into enticing categories such as "Saucy Little Dishes" and "Cheesy Mouthfuls," include not only delicious versions of enduring favorites but also many unusual and unfamiliar savories. The informative headnotes are both readable and engaging, and dozens of boxes on ingredients, techniques, and more are further evidence of Wright's thorough research. Highly recommended. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558322264
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Clifford A. Wright won the James Beard/KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year award and the James Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food in 2000 for A Mediterranean Feast (William Morrow), which was also a finalist for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook of the Year award that same year. He is the author of fourteen books, twelve of which are cookbooks. Wright's articles on food and cuisine have appeared in Gourmet, Bon App├ętit, Food & Wine, Saveur, and other magazines. He is a contributing editor to As an independent researcher, Wright wrote the food entries for Columbia University's Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and has published scholarly articles on food in peer-reviewed journals such as Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, Food and Foodways, and Gastronomica. Wright has also lectured on food at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, Boston University, Georgetown University, Davidson College in North Carolina, Loyola Marymount University, South Dakota State University, University of California at Santa Barbara, and the Culinary Institute of America, among other institutions. As a cooking teacher, he has taught cooking classes at the Central Market cooking schools in Texas, the Rhode Island School of Design, Institute for Culinary Education in New York, Sur la Table, and other cooking schools around the United States. His website is one of the most-visited sites for people interested in Mediterranean foods. In 2009 he launched the Venice Cooking School ( with Martha Rose Shulman in Los Angeles, California. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

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