Great Bar Food at Home

by Kate Heyhoe

Finalist for the 2008 James Beard Foundation Book Award
in the "Entertaining" Category

"At restaurants, chefs are teaming up with mixologists to create delectable snacks to go with inventive drinks. This is the first good book dedicated to re-creating these dishes at home—perfect for anyone who likes throwing cocktail parties....The result is a fun, handy compilation of simple, irresistable snacks."
     —from Best of the Best: The Best Recipes from the 25 Best Cookbooks of 2007
      by Food & Wine Magazine


Classic and Contemporary Accompaniments
for Cocktails, Wine, and Beer

Whether unwinding after work or celebrating the weekend, a delectable snack is the perfect complement to a favorite cocktail. Good food and good drink equal a great experience, especially when enjoyed in the comfort of one's own home. Great Bar Food At Home by Kate Heyhoe is filled with delicious recipes for at-home bites that will transform the act of drinking a glass of wine, pint of beer, or classic cocktail into a truly gratifying sensory event.

Robust and refined in flavor, the richly photographed recipes are also wonderfully stress-free and simple to serve. You can create stylish snacks, spiced with global flair, from Heyhoe's easy-to-follow instructions such as Salmon Sliders with Lime-Sesame Mayonnaise, Eggplant Pizzettes, or Smoky Chipotle Chili. Heyhoe also explains how to pair food with cocktails, wine, and beer, so you can enjoy a perfect combination of flavors. Entertaining at home has never been simpler!

As an added bonus, Great Bar Food At Home is peppered with evocative lore, social tidbits and tales of Hollywood in its heyday. Heyhoe's nostalgia for classic eras, when legends like Frank Sinatra ended the day with a nightcap and snack at PJ Clarke's, permeates the pages of this beautiful book. The history of Studio 54 and wit of Dorothy Parker can be found among the selection of tasty recipes. This inspiring collection will help hosts create a warm, friendly bar environment at home for all their guests to enjoy.

"...the book offers knowledgeable tidbits on how to make 50 or so small bites, the kind that go down nicely with, say, a double martini or a Singapore any gourmet, she jet-sets across many an international boundary, visiting such diverse cuisines as Japanese (Rumaki with Soba Noodles) and North African (Spicy Tunisian Sunset Dip)." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Kate Heyhoe is the co-founder and editor of the Global Gourmet, launched in 1994 as the first food e-zine. Heyhoe has written seven books, including: Macho Nachos, Cooking with Kids For Dummies, A Chicken in Every Pot, and Harvesting the Dream: The Rags-to-Riches Tale of the Sutter Home Winery and the recently-published Stubb's Bar-B-Q Cookbook. She has written for Better Homes & Gardens, Saveur, Chile Pepper, Cooking Pleasures, and other magazines, and has appeared in national TV satellite tours as well as on "The Early Show" (CBS), CNN, PBS, and Food Network. She lives in the Hill Country near Austin, Texas

  • Great Bar Food at Home
  • by Kate Heyhoe
  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • $17.95, 128 pages
  • ISBN-10: # 0471781835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471781837
  • Information provided by the publisher.

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This page created September 2007


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Book Reviews

Kate Heyhoe


Gougère, page 22


GBF Gift
and Party Ideas

Ideal travel
and gift size:

  • Carry it on-board, or mail—about 8-inches square

Craft a gift basket:

  • Add martini glasses and olives, or wine and cheese

Give to your hosts:

  • With or without wine, for dinners, parties & holidays

For a first date
at home:

  • Mix the drinks and dine in

Cheers to Newlyweds:

  • Ease into married life, enjoy bar food in your new home

Dress for cocktails:

  • Throw a bash with easy bites

Oscar Parties:

  • Eat like movie stars with caviar, crab cakes, and more

Deviled Eggs
Cocktail Onion'd
Deviled Eggs, page 30


The Book

Why I Wrote This Book
About the Book
Table of Contents


Sample Recipes

Santa Fe-Caesar Crema

Santa Fe-Caesar Crema

Eggplant Pizzettes

'21' Crab Cakes

Cucumber Ginger Salad



  • Nearly 50 recipes
  • 28 luscious photos
  • Hardcover, full color
  • Pairing guide: bar food & drink
  • Legendary tales & great bar lore

(Web Only)

Glamorous Garnishes
for Bar Food at Home

"Spiritual" Cooking
From Friars to Fruitcakes

Mignonette? Mais Oui!


Tasty Bytes

  • "A little bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika."
    —Dorothy Parker
  • Bemelmen's Bar has been called "a rumpus room for sophisticated adults."
  • Few bites appeal as much as melted cheese spooned into small tortillas...
  • Gastropubs Invade U.S.!
  • A bacaro swells at midday and early evening...
  • Food was never the attraction at Studio 54, for the cocaine-sniffing clientele...
  • Café Society didn't end with Repeal. It simply staggered into the daylight...
  • Lusty Spanish smoked paprika will change your life...

Salmon Sliders
Salmon Sliders, page 40