June 17, 1985 12:00 PM

by Martha Stewart

This is a celebration of finger food—for many fingers. Stewart, a nationally known caterer, presents ideas for entertaining no fewer than 14 guests under such headings as a tea party, a spring wedding reception, and an elegant party for hundreds. The author of the best-selling Entertaining, who can make chopping an onion sound like fun, writes with infectious pleasure about the beauty of tiny nosegays wreathed in ribbons and used to adorn copper trays filled with endive leaves. For less precious appetites she offers a zesty seafood beach party with a delectable assortment of herbed grilled fish. The first in Stewart’s seven-part food series, Hors d’Oeuvres, with its dazzle and good cheer, makes the results look deceptively simple. Food in miniature demands skill, practice and patience. It also helps to have 20 elves to chop, seed and peel. (Clarkson N. Potter, $17.95)

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