Author(s): Suzanne Lenzer
Being a grazer means tasting lots of things but not committing to a single one. IPs the opposite of meal monogamy, the antithesis of boredom at the table. When you graze, you skip from dish to dish, bending the rules of convention. From shrimp with chile to unique takes on cheese and charcuterie to tiny creme brulee spoons, Lenzer gives us a guide on how to create dishes and snacks for grazing and entertaining, whether it be a dinner for two or a party for twelve. Tapping into the tapas style trend of eating, Graze is full of easy, delicious dishes, that, combined together, can make a unique meal. Cooking small bites is a way to try your hand at fun new recipes, including simple pear crisps, pizza slivers, grilled polenta cakes, scallop and plum ceviche, lavender panna cotta cups, and so much more. The book is written for home cooks eager for ideas and inspiration on how to integrate smaller dishes into their kitchen. The trend toward grazing is growing rapidly - more and more of us are interested in eating lighter meals focused on high quality, sustainable ingredients. The desire to be more conscious about consumption is integral to all of Lenzer's recipes.
Inspiration forSmali Plates and Meandering Meals. Suzanne Lenzer is a self proclaimed grazer. When she cooks for herself and her friends, she wants multiple dishes that work together beautifully - a meal with a cleartheme and aesthetic.
-Suzanne has always been one of my favorite cooks because she gets what makes home cooking so great--not fancy tools or exotic ingredients, but just the act of being in the kitchen, cooking for those she cares about, taking good ingredients and letting them shine. I love this book because it's exactly how I cook--and how I love to eat.--Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything-I just love this book. It's perfect for the way we eat now: simple food, big platters, big flavours. The most useful cookbook I've seen in a long time.--Diana Henry, author of Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavours- In Graze, Suzanne dreams up lush as well as simple concoctions from everyday ingredients, taking full advantage of her pantry, fridge, and freezer. Graze is a lesson in shopping as well as cooking. Using the best that markets have to offer and with minimal effort, Suzanne dazzles us with endless combinations and stunning pictures, creating interesting and delectable small plates.--Jacques Pepin, author of Jacques Pepin: Heart and Soul in the Kitchen
Suzanne Lenzer is a New York City-based food stylist and writer and the author of Truly, Madly Pizza. Her styling has appeared in magazines, on television, and in over two dozen cookbooks while her writing has been featured in Tin House and The New York Times, among other publications. Suzanne lives with her husband in Manhattan and Connecticut. Visit her at www.suzannelenzer.com.