Brilliant Bites

75 Amazing Small Bites for Any Occasion

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Pub Date 12 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 14 Aug 2023

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WOW your family and friends with miniature versions of all their favorite foods! These 75 appetizers are easy to shop for and prepare, for effortless, kid-friendly entertaining.
In Brilliant Bites, Maegan Brown (aka The BakerMama)—the best-selling author of Beautiful Boards—has created and curated visually exciting and deliciously enticing finger foods for parties and special occasions, breakfast and brunch, everyday snacks and meals, dessert, and her specialty—holiday-themed bites.

Designed to be simple from start to finish, these perfectly portioned apps contain minimal, easy-to-find ingredients, can be enjoyed in one or two bites, and require no plates or utensils—so shopping, eating, and cleanup are a cinch. You’ll have time to relax and enjoy the little things…and bites.

Whatever the occasion, these munchies will have everyone oohing and aahing and begging for more. After all, who can resist cute food? Offering a perfect mix of classic comfort foods and clever concoctions, you’ll be coming back to this essential entertaining reference again and again.

With a stunning photo for each recipe, the bites include:
  • Love Bug Bites
  • King Cake Bites
  • Pot o’ Gold Rainbow & Shamrock Pretzel Bites
  • Eggs Benedict Bites
  • Charcuterie Board Cracker Bites
  • Buffalo Chicken Celery Bites
  • Ramen Bites
  • Frito Chili Pie Bites
  • Banana Split Bites
  • Birthday Cake Cookie Bites with Party Hats
  • Salted Caramel Molten Chocolate Cake Bites
  • And much more!
Including 11 Savvy Sips—creative cocktails and mocktails to pair with your appetizers—these easy-to-make recipes can be enjoyed alone or mixed and matched to suit the occasion.
Whatever you choose from this treasure trove of entertaining ideas, it is guaranteed to make a big impression on your friends and family.

Discover even more inspiring food presentation ideas from The BakerMama in Beautiful Boards and Spectacular Spreads.
WOW your family and friends with miniature versions of all their favorite foods! These 75 appetizers are easy to shop for and prepare, for effortless, kid-friendly entertaining.
In Brilliant Bites...

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Thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Rock Point for access to this arc in exchange for my honest review

Publishing date : 12 September 2023

Wow, I'm so impressed with this book ! Everything looks delicious. Some, I had never even seen or heard of ! Tacos sushi ?? Amazed ! From savoury to sweet, from breakfast to dessert, everything you need for a party or family gathering. There are even cocktails recipes. Impatient to try them all !!

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Wow what a surprise. I thought this book would give me great ideas for dinner parties which it has but I also have a menu plan for this weekend as well using the little breakfast offerings in this book and then to top it off there are some beautiful cocktails in the back that I have never heard of and I’m desperate to try so this book will be getting a lot of use.

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I absolutely love this cookbook! Food and miniatures are some of my favorite things so to combine them is right up my alley. This book has a huge variety of recipes, holiday ideas and even drinks. I love that there are photos for every recipe too. You eat with your eyes first! This would be a great housewarming or hostess gift or book to display on your counters too.

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This book made me salivate! Sooo many different recipes, even drink recipes at the end! It’s given me so many great ideas for parties and book club meetings at my house! There are plenty of ideas in here too for kids to make with you! Can’t wait to try out these recipes!!

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This book is an absolute must have for anyone that likes to entertain! It's packed with so many fantastic, creative ideas and every idea has a photo which I really like in a cookbook. A huge selection of bites that would be great for so many different occasions to make things simple, and exciting for you and your guests. I cannot wait to try some of these out at my next event!

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This cookbook immediately made me smile. The foods are adorable! Not only are they adorable but they look delicious, don’t sound difficult to make, and don’t for any hard to find ingredients.

I started saving recipes right away: cacio e Pepe bites, sushi taco bites, blooming onion bites, pad Thai cups, elite bites….these are really unique ideas that I would love to serve and love to eat!

Wonderful ideas for entertaining and beautiful pics of the food!

I’ll definitely use this cookbook!

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I seriously can't get over this book! Even though I have a digital copy, I already know I will be purchasing a hard copy. the ideas in this book were SO much fun! I will be making ALL of these. it weaves together party ideas, holidays and delicious tiny bits and appetizer ideas. I love it so much!

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Synopsis (from Netgalley, the provider of the book for me to review.)

Maegan Brown (aka The BakerMama), the bestselling author of Beautiful Boards, continues her quest to share her tips for effortless, stress-free, and foolproof entertaining with 75 small bites that have a big flavour for easy grazing.

In Brilliant Bites, The BakerMama has created and curated appetizers that are visually exciting and deliciously enticing for family-friendly entertaining, for parties and special occasions, breakfast and brunch, snacks and meals, dessert, and her specialty, holiday-themed bites, including:
• Mini Manicotti Bites
• Ramen Bites
• Valentine's Day Love Bug Bites
• Jack-o'-Lantern Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites
• Santa Hat Pancake Stacks
• Eggs Benedict Bites
• Frito Chili Pie Bites
• Coconut Key Lime Pie Bites
• Banana Split Bites
• And much more!

Along with 11 Savvy Sips—creative cocktails and mocktails to pair with your finger foods—and a stunning photo accompanying every recipe, these easy-to-make bites can be enjoyed alone or mixed and matched for whatever your occasion requires, guaranteeing to make a big impression on your friends and family.

As someone who could easily live on dips (yes, just like in “Only Murders in the Building”) and appetizers, I highly approve of this book. I especially love that no recipe in this book would be taxing on even the most basic of cooks or bakers and that they cover the year-round aspect as so many books only cover bites themed to holiday parties.

I also especially love the mocktails aspect and their recipes as I hate getting “Christmas / holiday spirit” pushed on me when I drive and don’t like being around drunk people…ever. #cutyourselfoff

A great book that I will recommend far and wide to my foodie friends, family and patrons. #shortbutsweetreviews

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Rating: 5 stars ⭐️

The cover is absolutely beautiful! It attracted me into reviewing this book and all the bite-size recipes were so interesting!

This book is really useful for small get-togethers with friends & family. I’m definitely trying one of the recipes soon!

Thank you to Netgalley, Maegan Brown and the publisher for providing me with this copy. All opinions are my own.

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Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the ARC. This book is perfect. It is exactly the kind of book that will help me to make mini appetizers for my family gatherings. There are so many wonderful ideas for many different kinds of events.

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The recipes in this book are really fun, unique and creative! You can use these recipes for different occasions. The pictures throughout the book are great and the directions for each recipe are easy to understand and follow. 10/10 would reccomend
*Special Thank You to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy of this book prior to publication.*

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This book gives appetizers a new twist! So many tasty bite-size treats in this book from BLT bites to Sushi tacos, the author takes it up a notch on simple foods and recipes, cut down to mouthful morsels. I definitely recommend this book for entertaining.

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This appetizer book is honestly fantastic. Each recipe includes the image which is always a huge plus for cookbooks in my opinion. The images all are beautiful and there are fun family pictures included as well. It is a great selection of bites as well and from the table of contents I was excited. I super enjoy that it explains how to store each individual recipe and tells you how many it makes. I also really found the holiday festivities recipes super fun.

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Really excited to make use of this cookbook for entertaining friends at dinner parties and potlucks. So many fun things to try.

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Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy of “Brilliant Bites” by Maegan Brown. All opinions are my own.

This brilliant cookbook showcases 70+ recipes for delicious and refreshing bite size foods. For all meals of the day, plus holiday themes and drink specials, this book has everything.

These recipes sound delicious and I look forward to trying a few of them out for myself. They would be great for hosting and parties. Also this book would make a nice gift.

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Many thanks for this ARC, NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Rock Point! I was wowed with this entire book - there truly is a recipe for everything! I loved the photography, the simplicity and the creativity of the recipes. I also really loved the different categories to choose between! This is exactly what I was looking for, for hosting! Can't wait to make my way through most of these recipes.

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You know when someone asks you to bring an appetizer or dessert to a party and your mind goes completely blank? Then you start frantically searching the internet for ideas only to be met with millions of recipes? It's overwhelming!
Let Maegan take the pressure off! This book is full of beautiful photos and delicious recipes to wow your friends and family. Each recipe consists of a "bite" that packs a delicious punch. Some of my favorites are from the holiday category including shamrock pretzel bites and birthday cake cookie bites. Who knew a bugel could be made into a party hat so easily?! Speaking of bugels, all of the recipes in this book use easy to find ingredients that can be found at grocery stores.
Like any good hostess, Maegan understands the need for a delicious "sip" to go along with these tasty bites. She includes exciting cocktails at the end of the book including an orange cream mimosa and a merry margarita.
This book will become your cookbook of choice when it comes to parties, holidays and gatherings!

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What a fun cookbook! All the recipes in here are for bite size foods, so they would be great for a party/gathering or a fun family dinner.
Chapters on Bites are: Party, Holiday, Breakfast, Snack, and Dessert. There's also a chapter on Sips (drinks).
The recipes in here are varied flavors, and each includes a full color photo. Some are a bit more towards assembly of store bought items but others are about cooking.
Overall, I think this is a fun book for those who enjoy entertaining or making meals out of a variety of small bites.

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Love the cover and title....meals prepped a little differently if your tired of the grind. Mini bites! I absolutely enjoyed the ideas in this book. Little tightly packed bites with all the flavor. I love the idea. I book marked more than a few to try and the unique way it was presented in.

What did I like. Obviously the scale down method feels like a hit for me. Brilliant bites goes a bit further in my mind with some changes to recipes and personal favorites. If you have littles or dinner party plans this would be a great way to scale down over serving. I personally wish it had some freezing methods for a few of these. For those pop up dinners that you ran out of time for.

Would I recommend or buy? I would definitely love a copy for my shelf. It certainly looked very simple to use. I love simplicity and the types of food displayed as well as the really cute breakfast bites for an on the go. I think anyone with kids would love this book. It also had a drink section which you could do non alcoholic if need be.

I received a complimentary copy to look at and this is my opinion.

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This book is perfect for people who love to entertain! So many fun recipe ideas! Perfect for any occasion.

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Brilliant Bites was an absolute treat! I couldn't get enough of the scrumptious small bites that packed big flavors, and the stunning photography made it even more mouthwatering. The thoughtful organization made it a breeze to plan and execute delightful gatherings without any stress. Kudos to The BakerMama for creating such a user-friendly cookbook!

I loved the added bonus of seasonal foods and drinks, perfect for any occasion. From family gatherings to holiday-themed bites, this book made appetizers so much fun and stress-free. I can't wait to try more recipes, and I'm already thinking about gifting this gem to my fellow food-loving friends. It's a must-have for anyone who enjoys effortless and delicious entertaining!

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I want to thank Netgalley and the author for gifting me the ebook. Beautiful photos and I love how the recipe book is all about bite size food. Perfect for all parties!
I was able to get so many ideas and I can't wait to try them out! The recipes seem very easy and doesn't require tons of ingredients. Absolutely perfect cookbook for people who love to entertain. But there are so many cute recipes! They would even be perfect for just you and your love on movie night etc.

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This is a must have.

I haven't had the chance to try any recipes yet but as soon as I can get my hands on a physical copy of this book I will be trying out a few recipes for sure.

I have already told a few friends and family members about this one.

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Brilliant Bites has so many bite-sized recipes and all look fun and inspiring. I loved that there were all kinds of recipes from savoury to sweet and all the photos looked amazing.

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I love hosting friends and I am always searching for small plates that people can easily grab and go while hanging out. This book has so many amazing recipes that are perfect for feeding large groups of friends when you aren’t doing a sit down meal.

We tend to hang out outside and play yard games. So many of these are perfect for grabbing a bite between corn hole matches. I live in the south and it is hot, I appreciate that a lot of the options are light and can be served cold. There are also lots of options that are warm for when we are inside during the winter.

The very first think I want to try is the enchilada egg rolls, followed closely by the blooming onion bites and the chocolate hazelnut babka bites.

I will definitely be coming back to the book often.

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Wow! This book is full of so many amazing ideas! I can’t wait to make some of these recipes for my young son. This is a book both children and adults can enjoy. My son had fun looking at the pictures and pointing out different things he wanted me to make. I love that the book also includes lots of great photos. A must have in any cookbook collection!

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Brilliant Bites is a fantastic collection of recipes of bite size snacks. There are recipes for party bites, holiday bites, breakfast bites, snack bites, and dessert bites, along with some cocktails and drinks to go with them.

I am in love with this cookbook! All of the recipes are simple to make. I'm not a big one for complicated recipes, and Maegan Brown makes these tasty and delicious, while keeping these simple enough for any busy person. My favorites are the Steak Frites bites and the Santa Hat and Rudolph Pancakes bites. This is a must-have for my cookbook collection!

Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this eARC in exchange for my honest review on the book!

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This is maybe the perfect cookbook for me. I love appetizers. My family does tea parties and so many of these would be great additions. I cannot wait to try many of these recipes.

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I wish I'd had this book when I was throwing my last new year's party. BIG selection of canapés and finger-foods, all beautifully presented. Not just party food either - there are sections on snacks and breakfast bites too - plus cocktails at the end! A great resource for creative party bites (trust me, I browsed a lot of Pinterest looking for ideas and this is much better curated than that), snacks and cute food.

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Brilliant Bites is a great cookbook with party, holiday, breakfast and snack recipes for small bites or finger foods. There are delectable pictures and easy to follow recipes and instructions. I can't wait to try them! #BrilliantBites #NetGalley #QuartoPublishingGroup

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One of the most fun cookbooks I’ve read in a while! This book gave me so many ideas for small party apps for any occasion! I’m talking breakfast, lunch , dinner. It gave me so many fun recipes to make and I tried a couple and they were to die for. Definitely buying a physical copy.

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