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The Mac + Cheese Cookbook: 50 Simple Recipes from Homeroom, America's Favorite Mac and Cheese Restaurant Hardcover – August 20, 2013
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This book is a very different take on the subject: rather than giving us complex over the top variations, the book starts with a simple foundation using simple ingredients: milk, salt, butter, flour. They then build upon that basic recipe, giving useful advice (what the different salts do to the recipe, the best type of noodles, troubleshooting when the recipe doesn't come out right) to make sure the recipes come out as planned. Already, I was able from those advice pages to identify places I went wrong. I appreciate a book that not only gives suggestions but can also tell you why something might be better than something else as an ingredient (e.g., kosher salt vs table salt). The book also distinguishes between gooey and basked macaroni and cheese since those two variations seem to be the dividing line between mac n cheese lovers.
Half the book is varitations on a class American dish. Then interesting ways to create 'international' themed dishes using ingredients specific to certain cities or countries. As well, recipes are given for side dishes that go great with the main dish and deserts.
The authors own a macaroni and cheese themed restaurant in Oakland that specializes in inexpensive and simple (not overworked or overdone) offerings - 10 macaroni and cheese offerings at a time.Read more ›
I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed by the cookbook, quite the opposite. I found this charming cookbook to be packed with delicious recipes, easy instructions, gorgeous color photos, and extremely helpful tips.
Authors (Chefs) Allison Arevalo and Erin Wade have compiled tasty recipes that will have you eager to try all 50 of them. Each recipes is written in simple, easy steps with a bit of information about the dish. In addition, many are accompanied by a beautiful full page color photo of the completed dish. There's also a section on selecting the right noodles and how to prepare them properly.
A highlight of the book for me was the step-by-step instructions and photos on how to prepare the mac sauce - the base of each recipe. The authors also note problems that can be encountered preparing the sauce and the simple solutions to resolve these issues.
Each recipe also includes a beer and wine pairing to enrich the meal. To help even more, the authors have included recipes for fun side dishes and desserts to compliment the mac and cheese.
Some of the recipes are: Trailer Mac, Mac & Blue, Shepherd's Mac, Winter Citrus Salad, Peanut Butter Pie, and Dessert Mac. I tried the Vermont White Cheddar Mac and was delighted with my results. The recipe was easy to follow, the instructions helpful and the end results delicious. While this dish took a bit longer than opening a box of mac and cheese, it was well worth the effort. Once the simple mac sauce is mastered, the recipes are a breeze.Read more ›
As Erin and Alison, restaurant owners and authors of this gem of a cookbook say in the forward, 'people of all ages and backgrounds have deep connections to our food.'
This is a treasure of a cookbook with amazing recipes, tried and true from the Homeroom Restaurant in Oakland, California. The subtitle may read 50 Simple Recipes, however these 'simple' offerings cover an amazing array of variations on the theme.
Right from the forward I was interested (well actually from the title I was a fan) and then from the basic cheese sauce recipe, the types of cheeses to use, to the add-in ingredients, I was hooked. From Jalapeño Popper Mac to Smoky Bacon to International variations on the theme these recipes are all winners to savour and enjoy.
The recipe are clearly set out and easily followed, each suggesting the type of cheese to be used. This is serious business, the cheese selection that is best for the recipe. No just using Monterey Jack! Cheese type is pivotal!
The 'pièce de résistance' is the suggested wine and beer pairings.These add gravitas to an already superlative offering.
A cookbook well worth adding to your shelf. I'm ecstatic that its been added to mine!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
After seeing this book in a bookstore I was prompted to seek out their restaurant in Oakland to try the mac and cheese and PIES!!! Read morePublished 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
Great Mac and Cheese! Recipes are easy to follow with delicious results. The Jalapeno Popper Mac has become the crowd favorite!Published 23 days ago by Brenda Marshall
I got this as a holiday gift for my fiance, whose favorite food of all time is mac & cheese. We made two recipes from this book one night and they were both excellent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Monika G
Fabulous cookbook- very detailed- even recommending when to buy the expensive aged cheeses and when you can purchase the supermarket brands. Even tried a gluten-free recipe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LAStephan
This has awesome mac and cheese recipes! It has a great traditional mac and cheese recipe along with many variations that are all fun to try. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emilicus