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Macaroni And Cheese Paperback – November 10, 2005
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About the Author
Noel Barnhurst is a San Francisco based photographer whose work has appeared in Bon App tit and Fine Cooking.
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Top Customer Reviews
She also spends time discussing different types of cheeses and pastas, which I found very enlightening. I also liked the section where she talks about making macaroni & cheese without preplanning. It makes this book great for both types of cooks: 1) those who use cookbooks for inspiration and 2) those who use cookbooks as step-by-step instruction manuals. She allows for (and encourages) experimenting but does not require it.
Another thing I like is that the cookbook has a very narrative quality to it. I spent my first night with this book, just reading it from cover to cover. Her writing is entertaining and lighthearted and gives character to her recipes.
As much as I love this book, I will provide one caveat. This book is best suited to foodies and cheese connoisseurs, as opposed to the average American suburban mom. While these recipes are great for families, you need to have a place you go to get good cheeses. You can't just use the Kraft Cheddar that you bought at Albertson's, and certainly not Velveeta or anything like that. There are some simple recipes, but many are more complicated, and many involve ingredients that you're not going to get at your average neighborhood grocery (Creme Fraiche, exotic cheeses, truffle oil, fennel seeds, etc.) That said, depending on where you live, you probably have a store nearby where you can get these things, and it's worth a small drive to get good cheese.
The author's love of this food comes through on every page. She is enthusiastic without being cloying (well, maybe a little cloying), and it's apparent that her recipes have actually been tested in a home kitchen. The book is well illustrated with color pictures of about every third recipe.
The recipes should satisfy the most discriminating home cooks, without being intimidating for novices. This is real food, not just something to donate to a pot-luck dinner. Recipes range from "Macaroni with Moroccan-spiced Butter and Shredded Goat Cheese" to "Trinadadian Macaroni Pie." Even the old familiar dishes are made special. The first recipe my wife and I tried was the old stand-by "Tuna Noodle Casserole," which the author made special with the addition of porcini mushrooms and a mushroom bechemel sauce. Absolutely delicious!
If you like pasta and cheese and enjoy coooking, this cookbook is for you.
Another great recipe from this book is 'Yankee Doodle Dandy Baked Macaroni and Cheese'. My guests loved it for July 4th.
This book also provides readers with information about the many types of cheeses found in different parts of the world. The author invents many recipes from her travels and the little stories at the top of each recipe are enlightening.
This is good cookbook for teenagers and/or beginning cooks.
This book is great for mac 'n cheese lovers, because it illustrates ubiquitous variations on the typical mac. If you want a culinary adventure, this would be the book for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Who knew there were so many mouthwatering ways to prepare Mac and Cheese? This book was a culinary delight to read! I look forward to trying Marlena Spieler's creative recipes.Published 6 months ago by Nancy Wilson
Years after receiving the book as a gift, I still have many recipes I really want to try. I keep repeating my favorites though! I also got the book for a couple friends.Published 23 months ago by rebecca woodhouse
Has detailed step by step instructions to make any Mac and Cheese dish that ou would every want to makePublished on March 7, 2014 by Sam
I was visiting my friend, who bought this book while at World Market. They only had one and we "fought" over it. So, I ordered one. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Leonaiya
It is a book of recipes involving both macaroni and cheese, so I guess there's that. But most of the recipes in the book are not things you would identify as "mac and cheese" if... Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by Kyle Lobner
Ive never been a large fan of mac and cheese ..but then I always had the cheap stuff..I cant wait to try some of these recipes..they look deliciousPublished on October 19, 2011 by Darrell Coons
I gave this book to friends as a holiday gift. I received rave kudos from friends who like to cook especially people for enjoy macaroni and cheese.Published on November 2, 2009 by David Hall
I bought this book because I wanted to have a variety of mac and cheese recipes to pull from.
Here is the problem.... Read more