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Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese Hardcover – October 22, 2013

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*Starred Review* Thomas Jefferson knew a classic when he served it. Way back in Monticello times, our First Father of mac and cheese set the stage for every variation thereafter. In fact, a few centuries later, Stiavetti and McCord will create fervor for reinventing this casserole; every one of the more than 80 recipes features the traditional pasta-and-cheese ingredients but with many delicious twists. There’s the Greek and the Italian caprese salad and fettuccine Alfredo, all enlivened and rejuvenated with the addition of specific top-notch cheeses. Light dishes appear first, accompanied with mouthwatering color photographs and suggestions for alternate cheeses, wine choices, and pairings with fruits and meats. As the book progresses, heavier fare dominates; who could resist a pumpkin stuffed with fontina, Italian sausage, and macaroni, or beef stroganoff with egg noodles and Moody Blue (cheese, that is)? There’s much information to be absorbed, even by the experienced chef or ­cheesemonger, as the authors introduce us to a modern dairy (in Sebastopol, California) and answer the question, “Is blue cheese gluten free?” The actual recipe titles get a bit long for handling (since the brand of cheese is incorporated). Otherwise, it’s tough to fault this sassy, carbo-loading collection. --Barbara Jacobs


"Melt is a cheese-lover's dream, with creative takes on pasta and cheese pairings of all sorts. . . . Garrett and Stephanie's intention [is] to broaden our minds and tastes, appreciating the classics while taking on new culinary territory. Bravo!"―Elise Bauer, founder of Simply Recipes

"This is not only a book filled with excellent info on cheeses and pastas and great recipes . . . it's yet another hopeful example of the way American cooks are raising the quality of the food we eat."―
Michael Ruhlman, author of Ruhlman's Twenty

"Calling these recipes 'macaroni and cheese' is a little like calling Fred Astaire a 'hoofer.' Using fine cheeses from everywhere, pasta familiar and not so, imagination and more than a touch of whimsy, Stephanie and Garrett have created modern, sophisticated, beautiful food that satisfies the way the old mac and cheese did. It's almost a feat of magic."―
Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table

Melt, Stephanie and Garrett take a dish as beloved and familiar as macaroni and cheese and turn it into something positively transcendental. The classic comfort food we all grew up loving is turned upside down, inside out, and made more decadent than I ever imagined it could be. What I love most is that in this beautiful book, recipes such as Pastitsio with Kefalotyri and Lamb can live so harmoniously and unabashedly alongside a comfort food standby like Tuna Noodle Casserole. For ardent mac-and-cheese enthusiasts, look no further than these gorgeous pages!"―Ree Drummond, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks

"This is a gorgeous, entertaining, and exhaustive resource, with recipes not only for classic mac 'n cheese lovers, but also inventive takes on the theme, from a farfalle pasta salad with asparagus, ricotta salata, lime, and mint to a whole roasted pumpkin stuffed with Fontina, macaroni, and Italian sausage. McCord and Stiavetti have redefined the genre."―
Molly Wizenberg, founder of Orangette and author of A Homemade Life

A cheese and pasta-filled
tour du monde of macaroni & cheese. Cozy comfort foods at their best--with Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese, you'll be grating, melting, and baking your way to soul-warming nirvana!―David Lebovitz, author The Sweet Life in Paris and Ready for Dessert

Melt, authors Garrett McCord and Stiavetti Stiavetti take the comforting concept of macaroni and cheese and push it to stratospheric heights. Packed with artfully written, deeply researched information on cheeses across the spectrum -- from the familiar to the exotic -- Melt delivers creative recipes that both seduce and inspire. This is one cookbook you'll definitely want on your shelf."―Cheryl Sternman Rule, author of Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables

"Who knew that two household ingredients-pasta and cheese-could inspire such mouthwatering variety? This book is proof that the best kind of culinary ingenuity gives home cooks more choice without added complexity. Easy never tasted so good."―
Elaine Khosrova, editor-in-chief of Culture, the word on cheese

"Think macaroni and cheese is almost always the same? Think grilled peaches with Humboldt Fog and orzo. Homemade breadcrumbs. Fresh paneer. Mornay sauce that will leave you drooling.
Melt made me hungry and happy. McCord and Stiavetti offer tips for choosing and storing cheese, as well recommended varieties of pasta for each recipe (including a brown rice pasta for those of us who have to eat gluten-free). If you don't want a big bowl of creamy macaroni and cheese after seeing this book, there might be something wrong with you."―Shauna James Ahern, author of Gluten-free Girl

Melt is much more than a cookbook of mac and cheese recipes; it's a guide to a mac and cheese lifestyle. Sure, it's loaded with decedent variations on the classic, but it's the salads, seafood, and soufflé that will make you reconsider mac and cheese as mere comfort food. Stiavetti and McCord's use of sophisticated cheeses and thrilling flavor combinations make this book and its recipes exceptional and, thank cheeses, fun."―Kiri Fisher, founder of The Cheese School of San Francisco

"Ah, what a book! It combines the glories of pasta with the scrumptiousness of cheese in such delicious ways. This book taught me about Yodeling Goat cheese and how to experience it. I learned about chocolate pasta and how topair it with a cheese whose name sounds like a French superhero. With terrific recipes for sweet and savory dishes, this book is anything but ordinary! A must have."―
Monica Bhide, author of Modern Spice

"Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord have created magic with this book, taking the beloved American classic, mac 'n cheese, into an exploration of regional and global flavors. From comforting Chili-Mac with Redwood Hill Smoked Goat Cheddar to a more exotic Paneer Korma with Idiyappam Noodles, there's a favorite in
Melt for everyone of all ages. The book is much more than a collection of recipes--you'll also learn why Swiss cheese has holes and if blue cheese is gluten free!"―Jaden Hair, founder of Steamy Kitchen

"This is cozy comfort food at its sophisticated best."―
The Tampa Tribune

Perfect for the cheese lover and creative cook.―

"Melt is the book of mac n' cheese recipes you know you want: creamy weeknight stove top creations, baked pasta dishes that will make your house smell amazing, and more than a few surprises that make justifying another dinner of macaroni and cheese even easier."―

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316213373
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316213370
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.25 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 1 x 10.5 inches
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