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Cooking Appetizers

Starters, Salads, and Sexy Sides

Inspiring Recipes to Make Every Meal an Occasion: A Cookbook

by (author) Caren McSherry

Random House Canada
Initial publish date
Oct 2017
Appetizers, Entertaining, Salads
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
    List Price

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A go-to collection of more than 80 recipes to take your cooking from “ho hum” to “hot damn!”Never again will you find yourself wondering, “What should I make with my main?”

Everyone knows what to make for their main dishes, but what about the problem of what to serve with them? Whether you’re planning for a buffet, a sit-down dinner, or a small plates–style meal, Starters, Salads, and Sexy Sides provides more than 80 creative solutions to that all-too-familiar dilemma of what to make with your main.
     You won’t find any entrées or desserts here; instead, you’ll be inspired by an array of appetizers, salads, and sides that are as delicious mixed and matched with mains as they are served on their own. With recipes ranging from Really Good Meatballs to Prosciutto and Pear Wedges, and Sweet Pea, Edamame, and Burrata Salad to Whole Roasted Cauliflower, you’ll be sure to find the perfect accompaniment to make any meal an occasion.

About the author

Caren McSherry is the owner of Gourmet Warehouse. Her cooking school is the longest running private cooking school in Canada. She has trained at the prestigious Cordon Bleu in London, England, The Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, and The Culinary Institute of America in New York. She is a resident chef on Global TV's Saturday morning news.

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Editorial Reviews

"Caren has brought sexy back to sides! Rounding out a meal with interesting starters, salads or sides can be a real head-scratcher for most of us, and I'm always on the hunt for fresh ideas. Caren's new book shines a light on those support act dishes ... It's a new favorite in my cookbook collection." --Chef Curtis Stone

"When starters and salads are stupendous, main courses or big proteins are almost superfluous. At that point all you need to complete your meal are great sides. This cookbook will guide you to just that kind of meal: one that starts tasty and diverse, and finishes deliciously sexy." --Chef Lidia Bastianich

"What makes me happiest is finding a new cookbook that inspires me to get into my kitchen and start cooking right away. Everything about this cookbook is about the wonderful world of food and why I love it!" --Chef Lynn Crawford

“Caren’s book is a celebration of food and, like her, it is bursting with positive energy. The colors and combinations of ingredients, paired with her no-fail know-how, will have you bounding into the kitchen, excited to whip up something fresh and enticing. Who needs a main course when you have these starters, salads, and sides?” --Chef Anna Olson

“Caren McSherry has the touch and the eye for elevating simple, fresh ingredients into simply fabulous dishes. Our salad days are here again!” --Bob Blumer, Food Network host and cookbook author

“Caren has done it again! I’ve always struggled with entertaining ideas and this book is the answer. Caren has done all the homework for us so we can adapt the latest delicious food trends to our own kitchens. She makes everything look effortless, and taste great.” --Simi Sara, journalist and radio host, CKNW

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