Although this is not a brand new book, it is a must have for those who share a love of appetisers ... Joanne Weir, the authoress, teacher and Chef, provides over 200 recipes for typical starters, as well as nibbles and snacks from Italy, Greece, Spain, France ( Saint Florent), North Africa and the Middle Eastern Mediterranean countries. The countries in this part of the world share more than the sea, they share the love of hors d´oeuvres. A couple of other selections in this genre are: 1) The Best of the Mediterranean written by Sandra Gluck who has published her recipes from Corsica and Turkey. 2) Mediterranean Cookery, published by Knoph and written by, Claudia Roden, is an interesting book which is part of a series, and covers Tunisian and Egyptian specialties. 3) The Mediterranean Pantry focuses on vinegars, liqueors, jellies, preserves and spreads with spice mixtures. Written by: Aglaia Kremezi who also wrote the book THE FOODS OF GREECE which includes some lovely specialties for e.g.: Harissa chili pepper paste, Ratafia, a quince Greek dessert beverage and cuisine from Nafplion, Greece. 4) Mediterranean The Beautiful Cookbook and The Mediterranean Kitchen, both written by: Joyce Goldstein, and the stunning photos in the large size format with 250 recipes are sure to stimulate palates. Joyce had been the owner of a San Francisco Restaurant called Square One and these two books are truly stocked with valuable information and scrumptuous recipes. If Mediterranean is one of your pleasures, these editions are perfect presents.