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But a really great grilled cheese is not hard to make, and its secrets have been disclosed in a tempting new book, "Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt" by Marlena Spieler).
A quick browse though the book may first hook you with its gorgeous color photos and hip design. But a further look reveals recipes created with inspired combinations.
For instance, supple slices of fresh mozzarella and salty proscuitto are spread with sweet fig jam and enclosed within crisply toasted bread, making a union that's simply perfect. And roasted red pepper, sweet onion and a hearty dose of paprika are innovative twists on the standard tuna melt.
But aside from the terrific recipes, Spieler has written a book that's packed with useful tips and information about her subject. A brief glossary of cheeses, suggestions for pairing cheese with the perfect bread partner, and ideas for dressing up Dijon mustard are just some of the finds. A bonus is a nice recipe for tomato soup, the classic partner of the grilled cheese sandwich. This one, however, is finished with an aromatic spoonful of basil pesto and a swirl of cr me fraiche.
Try Spieler's technique for pressing sandwiches. The bread is lightly brushed with olive oil or butter and set into a heavy, hot skillet.
Another heavy pan is placed on top and lightly pressed, compacting the ingredients so they meld as one. The bread becomes perfectly crisp and browned, the cheese melting and luscious. It's a heavenly match if there ever was one. -Seattle Times
The family loves this cookbook for soup & sandwich nights. Something for every cheese lover!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great ideas and suggestions for "gussying" the grilled cheese sandwich. Inspiring, even if you don't follow the recipes exactly.Published 3 months ago by Margaret Drake
I like the way he made the recipes so "do-able", including substitutions when necessary. Delicious and easy, my kind of cookbook!Published 5 months ago by Janet Gray
This unusual cookbook inspired me to buy, prepare and enjoy more grilled cheese sandwiches.Published 5 months ago by Norma E. Loepp
Lots of great combos for home or restaurant. Only tried a few recipes word for word but got lots of great ideas for my own combosPublished 8 months ago by Robert Magda
Yet, browsing through it I think it will be my favorite or maybe more accurately, most used, cook book! Fun food!Published 14 months ago by Arnie
There are many approaches, but I'm sure you can learn something different here. Many tries and different flavors. Just try something differentPublished 15 months ago by Sage
It is a very good Panini book for all us that love this kind of sandwiches, and look for new concepts and nice presentation .I recommended.Published 18 months ago by javier a santis
I ordered this book on a whim, and it has been great for those cold rainey-day meals. Some of the combinations are surprisingly tasty. Yum!Published 20 months ago by EJ Riggs