Author: Photographs reprinted from the book Appetizers by Martha Stewart. Copyright © 2015 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

Lifestyle guru and former Westport resident Martha Stewart has a new book out this month all about scrumptious starters. Though the name seems to say it all—Martha Stewart’s Appetizers: 200 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Snacks, Small Plates, and Other Delicious Hors d’Oeuvres, Plus 30 Cocktails (Clarkson Potter, 2015)—we’ve got the inside scoop on how to throw the ultimate soiree from the hostess-with-the-mostest herself.