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Snacks for dinner. . .on purpose? Absolutely, yes! Think about it — planning a traditional meal takes effort, but whipping up some snacks? Easy as, well, cheese & crackers! In his playful, practical new cookbook Snacks for Dinner, Chef Lukas Volger puts snacks in their rightful place — center stage — and offers 100 recipes (with 75 gorgeous color photos!) that show how beautiful and elegant small bites can be when we make them stress-free and with intention. 

Snacks for Dinner is a delicious foray, and Chef Lukas shows us how to build a vegetarian meal or throw a vegetable-centric dinner party that’s full of color and variety. The best part? The recipes are simple, inventive and built for improvisation. The book also features short personal essays, so you can get to know the person behind the recipes as you read and cook.

This cookbook teaches home cooks how to turn mindless grazing into a real meal you could serve to guests, with an emphasis on easy, make-ahead homemade elements that won't have you sweating over your grocery list or running out to the store at 5pm.  Chapters include "Crispy-Crunchy: Savory Bites," "Scooped and Smeared: Dips & Spreads," "Vessels: Crackers, Breads, & Chips" and "Sips-Sweets: Drinks & Desserts."

Photo credit: Cara Howe


We met Lukas a few years ago through the activist event series Queer Soup Night, raising money for important causes through food and community, and we've been food buddies ever since. Lukas is a cookbook author, food writer, recipe developer and editor. His four cookbooks are all vegetarian, and his recipes are focused towards a "sensible" healthy diet. He's an advocate for meals that are balanced, abundant and diverse in veggies, and feasible for cooks a busy weeknights. He cofounded and served as the editorial director of Jarry, an award-winning queer food journal.

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Amy S.
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Many good recipes

I enjoyed many of the recipes, then shared the book with several other friends, who also enjoyed it!