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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
This book contains great recipes and fantastic descriptions of types of breads and cheeses from all over the world.
The book also includes some recipes that are a bit more involved, like the Hot Muffaletta or the Sage, Sausage and Jack Cheese Sandwich with preserved lemons.
This is no diet book by any means, but a great way to make some really spectacular sandwiches, hot or cold with cheese omitted if one wants to leave it out.
Yet, browsing through it I think it will be my favorite or maybe more accurately, most used, cook book! Fun food!Published 1 month ago by Arnold A. Brevick
There are many approaches, but I'm sure you can learn something different here. Many tries and different flavors. Just try something differentPublished 1 month 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 5 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 6 months ago by Erin Jessica Riggs
This book contains great recipes and fantastic descriptions of types of breads and cheeses from all over the world. It makes you want to travel and try every single cheese!Published 8 months ago by Sofia Perez Rivera
These recipes are just awe inspiring, I have yet to find a bad recipe in this book. Just going through them one by one and loving each of them all.Published 8 months ago by Jeffrey A. Harrell
I started reading, and knew I was in over my head. I believe this is probably a GREAT BOOK, and would be perfect for someone with more knowledge than me in the kitchen. Read morePublished 11 months ago by JoeG111
Lots of great things to try. Haven't tried them all but so far I'm pleased. A more detailed review to follow.Published 11 months ago by Robert D. Beving
I've owned this book for a couple of years and just recently bought it for my 26 y.o daughter who has recently taken up more of an interest in cooking. We both love it.Published 11 months ago by Stevie P