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The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook: More Than 200 Perfect-Every-Time Recipes for Making Panini - and Lots of Other Things - on Your Panini Press or Other Countertop Grill Paperback – September 10, 2013


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558327924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558327924
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is startling to realize that a somewhat obscure specialty-kitchen appliance—the panini press—has gained such popularity among American cooks. Then again, as blogger and first-time author Strahs points out, it’s the closest thing to an indoor grill and well suited (depending on its features) to turn out a brined turkey thigh as well as a turkey Rachel panini (think California Reuben with turkey and coleslaw as the mainstays). Those unfamiliar with the press and its relatives (the George Foreman grill, among others) will need to pore over the first chapter, covering such basics as appliance features and functions, ingredients, tools, and how-to-use recommendations. Dividing her 205 recipes by protein categories, she borrows from almost every cuisine to fashion paninis (and other grilled foodstuffs) that accommodate a wide variety of kids’ and adults’ tastes. A chatty introduction to each recipe, along with gracious acknowledgments to inspirational chefs, gives this collection a personal warmth. --Barbara Jacobs

More About the Author

Kathy Strahs is the author of The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook (Harvard Common Press, September 2013). She is also the founder of the popular blog, PaniniHappy.com, which Babble.com has named as one of the Top 100 Mom Food Blogs for the past four years.

A former marketer with a Stanford MBA, Kathy traded in her corporate career to pursue her passion for cooking in 2008. Her innovative recipes and mouthwatering food photography have been featured on The New York Times, PBS, The Huffington Post, Saveur and TLC websites, in Pillsbury Magazine, San Diego Family Magazine and the Associated Press and highlighted in The Wall Street Journal. She is also a frequent cooking contest judge, including for the Grilled Cheese Invitational in Los Angeles and the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.

Kathy lives in San Diego with her husband and their two preschoolers.

Customer Reviews

So much, that I decided to purchase a panini press.
M. Embry
I have tried several recipes out of this book and I've really enjoyed the new ideas for using my panini press!
Mom of 4
Panini's are fantastic and so easy to make, lot's of great recipes and great idea's.
beverly r

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alissa Douglas on November 27, 2013
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I am extremely impressed by this book. First of all, it is huge, there are enough ideas in here to feed me for a year. Also, the diversity of ideas is tremendous--veggie dishes, meat and desserts. The pictures are mouthwatering.
As a beginner panini maker (I even followed Kathy's advice about what panini maker to buy), I found this book simple to follow and my creations came out great. I will be buying it for several cooks in my life this holiday season.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Wright on December 8, 2013
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I love sandwiches and when they're hot, I love them even more so it stands to reason that this cookbook is perfect for me. I have a non-electric panini press and have enjoyed it for years rarely stepping out of the happy rut I was in with ingredients. This cookbook has helped change that providing flavor combos I'd never have thought of that are delicious (hello grilled shrimp, mango and avocado with pepper jelly & monterey jack!). An unexpected perk to this cookbook are the recipes for aiolis, vinaigrettes, pestos, and other condiments that make your panini (or anything else you want to enjoy them with) taste great. And if it's something other than tasty ingredients sandwiched between bread you're in the mood for, there are recipes to use your panini press to grill ahi for salad, grill tomatillos to make guacamole, or even homemade cones for ice cream.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sicurella VINE VOICE on September 18, 2013
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I love my panini press and am constantly on the lookout for new recipes to use with it. We eat a huge variety of food around here and I figured with over 200 recipes, this cookbook would be used frequently. Not so. With 4 kids and a husband with a palate slightly less adventurous than my own, we found a total of 6 recipes that would work for us (Pulled BBQ Chicken Panini, Chicken Bacon Melt Panini, Smoked Turkey Panini with Asiago Tomato & Avocado, Bacon Cheddar and Tomato Panini, California Steak Panini, and Bacon Breakfast Panini).

The majority of the recipes in this cookbook were too "fancy" for us, for lack of a better term. Figs, brie, goat cheese, arugula, liverwurst, and other ingredients were used that my family wouldn't consider touching. Lots of recipes for sandwiches that had both meat and fruit on them, a combination I personally don't understand.

This was a nice cookbook, but one that isn't going to get much use in a family kitchen.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Holly K. Lee VINE VOICE on September 17, 2013
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It has been all paninis all the time in our house since I got this book. We had the panini maker for awhile and I tried to copy paninis I had in restaurants but they never came out as intended. This book teaches you how to pick the ingredients, and how to put them together in a simple way that tastes great. It shows you how to use the panini maker for every meal, dessert included which is amazing.

The recipes are very simple, some using leftovers! There are usually only a few ingredients and they are easy to find, yet when you throw them together on your press it comes out tasting amazing. There really is something for everyone in this book. The stand out is the sauces and spreads. When combined with the store bought ingredients it takes these sandwiches over the top.

A great book for gifting as well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Biblioholic Beth VINE VOICE on August 25, 2013
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Having gotten a panini press for Mother's Day, I was looking for some ideas of things to make that weren't the standard grilled cheese, or blt recipes. Happily for me, this book came along shortly thereafter. While I haven't had a chance to try everything, and there are some things that we probably wouldn't choose to eat, I am quite impressed with the recipes overall.

The beginning of the book covers some basics about panini presses, the types of bread to use, and the ingredients that can be put inside the bread. Then you get into the chapters: Poultry Perfection, High on the Hog, The Butcher's Best, Gifts from the Sea, Nature's Bounty, Gooey Goodness, On the Morning Menu and A Little Something Sweet. Each chapter has several different panini recipes, and at least one idea of things to make on the press that aren't sandwiches.

I have a personal rule that I won't review a cookbook unless I have tried at least three things - this one was more, just because we were having so much fun with it. First was the Chorizo Tortas. They were simple, with basic ingredients. We did find the telera rolls at a local Mexican grocer, but the book says kaiser rolls would work as well. They were delicious, and very easy to adjust ingredients for the more picky among us. Next we tried the Marinated Mozzarella Panini with Artichokes and Roasted Red Peppers. Again, all the ingredients were easy to find. The flavor was delicious, though I personally would double the mozzarella marinade so that I have enough left over to drizzle on the bread as I layer the ingredients. Then came the Salami, Prosciutto, and Provolone Panini, which happened to be my husband's absolute favorite. The flavors were excellent, particularly with the salsa.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Rauch on November 14, 2013
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This is the best book for paninis. It has made my panini grill an appliance I use almost every day. We love the sandwiches in this book and all the other great ideas too. The French Toast is my husband's favorite, I make it 2-3 times a week. I use this book a lot it's awesome.
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