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Not just a cookbook....An IDEA book!
on January 21, 2013
We just recently purchased our Panini maker and wanted a nice book other than the generic recipes that came with the appliance. We purchased this book based on the reviews. It arrived a few days later, in perfect condition. We can't be happier with the quality of this book! While not every panini has it's own picture, there are many that do and their pictures are high quality color, full page photo's with identification and page number. This wasn't a problem for us because the name of a panini in addition to it's ingredient list gives us enough information as to the appearance of the final product. It comes as a soft cover book which is easily stored away and seems to be bound well.
The book is divided into wonderful sections...Breakfast and Bruch Panini; Vegetarian Panini; Fish and Seafood; Chicken and Turkey; Beef; Pork; Deli Counter Panini; Leftovers; Panini's Just for Kids; Desserts; and even a section for making some of your own delicious home-made condiments which compliment your panini's! The Olive Tapenade, Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise and Jalapeno Mayonnaise are delicious! There are many others I hope to try soon! All and all...the format of the book makes it quick and easy to find a truely delicious panini your own "food-mood" at the time.
We've tried a number of the recipes within the Beef, Deli, and Chicken catagories. Each one was outstanding! We had guest's for New Years; served several of the various recipes with Champagne and it was a big hit! The platter was beautiful and everyone commented on having to invest in a Panini maker. My husband pulled out this cookbook....saying "Don't forget THIS"!
I think one of the most important things you get out of the book (besides GREAT recipes) comes from looking at the pictures, the ingredient lists, the condiments and the different catagories. From these, you get a very good understanding of the fact that there are NO hard rules with panini making AND from these, you begin to formulate ideas for your own creations. Some of the ingredients used in the recipes, I would have never thought of on my own! That's what makes it such a great book! It allows you to build a fantastic panini from a recipe OR when you're in the mood to be creative, gives you a foundation to expland on for the creation of your own!
I collect recipe books and USE them. This one resides on my TOP SHELF!