Throughout the Mediterranean, people enjoy dining out casually on small plates served in tantalizing variety for all to share. Whether Spanish tapas, Italian antipasti, or Greek meze, these same small plates offer home cooks an unusual, delicious, and easy way to eat and entertain. This volume of the Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles series brings the best of authentic Mediterranean small plates to your kitchen. Small Plates features 47 kitchen-tested recipes for favorite savory dishes from Spain, Italy, Greece, and the Middle East, all suitable for service as first courses or for imaginatively combining for complete meals. Developed by noted food authority Joanne Weir, each recipe includes a nutritional analysis, cooking and serving tips, and a full-page, full-color photograph. A comprehensive introduction provides helpful suggestions for entertaining with small plates; guidelines for stocking a pantry; step-by-step demonstrations of basic techniques; and beverage ideas. A guide to menu planning suggests to casual meals combined from recipes in the book, and an extensive glossary offers detailed descriptions of key ingredients and equipment.