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Plan your next celebration with Party Snacks! by A.J. Rathbun, including 50 recipes like Caprese Pizza Puffs; Salmon-Dill Toasts; and Savory Cannoli.

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Party Snacks!
50 Simple, Stylish Recipes
to Make You a Popular Party Host

by A.J. Rathbun

Party Snacks!
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Great food is essential to a successful party, and in Party Snacks!: 50 Simple, Stylish Recipes to Make You a Popular Party Host, A.J. Rathbun offers up a collection of delectable new recipes that will take any party to the next level.

With 50 baked, stuffed, skewered, dipped, and spreadable snacks to choose from, presented with enticing full-color photographs, party hosts will never again have to resort to a bag of potato chips and a tub of store-bought dip. Instead, they can whip up unexpected delights including White Bean and Rosemary Pâté, Grilled Honey Teriyaki Chicken, Edamame with Ginger Salt, Monterey Cremini Quesadillas, and Verdura Baguette Bites.

Or, if dip is a party staple that guests just can't go without, there's even a recipe for homemade Classic French Onion Dip that is sure to put pre-made versions to shame. Best of all, the recipes are quick and simple to make—the only worry will be keeping the snack table stocked once guests get a taste of these excellent recipes!

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About the Author

A.J. Rathbun is a freelance food and entertaining writer. He earned his MFA in creative writing from Western Michigan University, and has worked variously as an usher at the Art Institute of Chicago, rock band roadie, envelope stuffer, marketing assistant, director of the Poetry After Hours program at the Seattle Art Museum, waiter, and bartender. In addition to his cookbooks, Rathbun is the author of Want, a collection of poems, and former co-editor of the literary magazine LitRag. He has hosted numerous poetry readings and has spoken at events for LitRag.

Rathbun has been a guest on many radio shows including Martha Stewart's Everyday Food satellite radio program, and has done food interviews with the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the Arizona Republic, and has contributed to the magazines Every Day With Rachael Ray and Wine Enthusiast. He is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Museum of the American Cocktail. He also teaches cocktail classes at the cooking school Dish It Up.


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