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Canapes [Hardcover]

Eric Treuille , Victoria Blashford-Snell
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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23 Sep 1999
A range of over 250 sumptious canapes made using classic recipes, updated with a fresh modern approach.

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (23 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751308552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751308556
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 23.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Treuille is director of the BOOKS FOR COOKS cooking school in Notting Hill. He is the author of Bread, Pasta, Canapés, The Organic Cookbook and Le Cordon Bleu's Complete Guide to Cooking Techniques. He divides his time between the south of France and London. Find out more at

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"! this tantalisingly photographed book" and "! this is a great book for anyone thinking of having friends round for a drink and nibble. Never again will you resort to crinkly packets once you've delved between these covers." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Eric Treuille mastered the art of canape making as an apprentice at the charcuterie-traiteur in Cahors, South West France. A director at the Books For Cooks cooking school in Notting Hill, Eric divides his time between France and England. Victoria Blashford-Snell started her culinary career as a cook in a pub, but fast-tracked to join the elite at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. She runs a highly successful catering company that combines her cooking talent with her passion for drama and occasion. Victoria resides in Somerset. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and easy entertaining 6 Mar 2003
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This is really a great book! The recipes are fairly easy and the results professional looking. I recently catered for a (very) small party for my mother's birthday and I managed to have everything ready in one afternoon. It is true I didn't choose the more complicated recipes, but we made an impromptu party! The flavours are so rich and sometimes surprising that you are sure to get raves. Most of the recipes don't contain exotic ingredients, that you will only find in specialized markets and all of them provide make-ahead tips, so you will not panic on the party day. The tartlet and phyllo cases can be made up to one month ahead and kept in tightly covered containers, if you actually manage to plan one month ahead!
I made the caramelised onion pancakes substituting plain yoghurt for the sour cream and they tasted so incredibly complex, with just a few ingredients, onions, water, sugar. And the marinades for the shrimps were absolutely delicious, they disappeared from the plate. A really great book! Thanks to the authors.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Canapes 20 Nov 2005
I am a cookbook junkie but I have never before made as much use of a single book as I do of this one.
Canapes are a nightmare to enthusiastic non-professionals, and it is too easy to opt out with a big platter of dips and a few pieces of smoked salmon on rye, but this book takes all the stress out of doing it properly. Not only that, it has you salivating from page one without resorting to exotic ingredients that are only found in specialist stores.
Every item is illustrated - vital when presentation is so much a part of the overall effect. The steps are easy to follow and the tips about what can be done in advance are particularly useful, as is the a section devoted to quantities and planning - you can spread the preparation over several days and even have time for a shower before your guests arrive.
The only downside is that you will find all your friends enlisting your help for their parties every time - the solution of course is to buy them one of these!
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for parties 15 Oct 2006
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This book was given to me a present several years ago and it is now dogged-eared and covered in baking remnants! I have made most of the canapes in the book and it has served as a great starting point for creating my own! The recipes are simple and easy to follow, with very small amounts of ingredients - great for keeping the shopping bill down when catering for large numbers.

Canapes look great when set out on a large table or set around the party room. Guests will be awe struck by your talents and be delighted at the vast array of little treats! Many of the 'bases' can be made in advance and frozen or refrigerated until the day of the party, so that you can effortlessly dress and decorate your bases, and still have enough time to shower and change before the greeting your guests with a glass of red in hand!

Canape parties have been a huge success for me and I know they will be for you if you have this book! The bang bang chicken always makes a regular appearance! Homemade canapes are also so much nicer than the frozen varieties from supermarkets.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiastic First Timer!! 1 July 2009
By Babs
I had my 70th Birthday Party recently and as it was a milestone Birthday decided to do something different and special. I purchased this book which is amazing - fantastic recipes! The result was everyone raved about the food, had lots of lovely comments, at least two people said I should take up catering professionally and finally - proof of the pudding as they say - I held the party at an hotel and the owner asked if I would consider making Canapes for her Birthday Party!! Wow!! - is all I can say. Do buy this book!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes the stress out of party food 6 Feb 2010
This is the best book I've seen for canapes/party food. There are so many recipes to choose from, all easy to put together, but very professional looking. The most helpful part to each recipe is the time-line - how far in advance of serving you can do all the different bits, from days or weeks to minutes!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great all round book 1 May 2009
I was pleasently surprised by this book, it offers a really good selection of hot and cold canapes including lots of ideas that I have never seen before which is always good. The recipes include information on how far in advance you can prepare all of the relevant parts which is really useful. I have tried out quite a few of the recipes and they worked really well. I would definitely recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't do better 21 Jan 2010
So many cook books have small sections on canapes or none atall,that this book was a revelation.It was recommended to me by a professional chef, this being the only one she ever uses. It is well laid out, the receipes are very easy to follow and the pictures reflect the finished item. Most of the canapes can be made in a very short time, however some are more time consuming than others but the result is well worth the effort. With suitable decoration one is able to say they are pictures on a plate. I have given this book to my son who now uses it on a regular basis when entertaining. If you are looking for a book on canapes look no further, you will not have to buy another one on the subject.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Canapes for any occasion 11 Aug 2008
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I love cooking and entertaining without food never seems to be an option for me. Luckily this little gem of a book helps in a major way.

Canapes are not just those cheese and onion cocktail sticks or sandwiches cut small-canapes are bitesize morsels that you'll want to eat again and again.

With so many recipes and presentation ideas you'll find recipe and menu ideas for any occasion.

I'm currently working on a menu for a small business gathering and I know all my cooking will be done in an afternoon leaving me stress free to get on with other areas.

Perfect book for those who get to called on to to cater for little gatherings. Maybe I shouldn't say this but I would also recommend this book to caterers-you may even learn something from this book (and lets face it catering is a competative business).

Not recommended for anyone looking for little bitesize treats for children as I don't think children's palettes can handle 'posh' food compared to the stuff they get given that is sugar/salt loaded. Saying that though, if you're a parent wishing to do something different for your childrens birthday maybe this is the book for you.

Thumbs up-excellently layed out, no room for mistakes and beautiful photographs to boot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for party nibbles
The book is just amazing if you are regularly prepare food for finger buffets, it is very well put together showing easy ways to prepare & make each item, full of time saving... Read more
Published 2 months ago by homesake
5.0 out of 5 stars Capapes bible!
Like Eric Treuille's other books, this is an excellent book to have among your cook books.. It takes the fear away from the thought preparing party 'bites' and is full of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rita Mauri
5.0 out of 5 stars Canapes Eric Treuille
This is a fantastic book, even though I paid a lot more than the jacket price, I am thrilled. A good long term investment that I know one of my daughters will love to own in the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barbara A. Litherland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Lots of new ideas for parties and other social occasions. The food is lovely. I would recommend this to everyone.
Published 9 months ago by Claire
2.0 out of 5 stars The robe doesn't make the monk !
Just received my (new buy)canapes by Eric Treuille & Victoria Blashford-Snell,at the price of £143.54 and my disappointment runs deep! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Emmanuel M.R
5.0 out of 5 stars Canapes
If you like holding dinner parties and enjoy cooking you will love this book.Easy to follow receipes which your guests will enjoy.
Published 12 months ago by Robert H Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need for great entertaining
Another excellent book with different sections for the types of canapes. Some great and colourful ideas ranging from the simple quick ones to the more complicated but unusual... Read more
Published 13 months ago by ursula grundy-wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant book, so useful.
Well written, photographed and arranged with easy to follow and inspiring recipes. Intrigued that the cover picture Item does not seem to be featured in the recipes, though!
Published 16 months ago by Jem16
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
Often when one is entertaining at home there might be so much focus on the main course and/or the dessert so that "nibbles" can be forgotten by the wayside. Read more
Published 24 months ago by I. Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive collection
This book has a wide range of canapes both savoury and sweet. I particularly like the party menu suggestions. The advice on 'prepare ahead' is also excellent. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Crazy cook
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