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Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron Paperback – August 26, 2014
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“WILL IT WAFFLE? Spoiler alert: It will. Cooking everything in a waffle iron turns out to be fun.”
—The New York Times
“Break out the waffle iron!”
"Will It Waffle? Why didn't you tell me about this . . . sooner?"
—Deb Perelman, smittenkitchen.com
“Pair this book with that waffle iron you never use and some lazy mornings or afternoons for some simple fun in the kitchen.”
—KCRW Good Food
"The book dazzles with many surprises ... and recipes for diverse culinary creations both savory and sweet."
"A revolutionary guide to the waffle iron ..."
–J. Kenji López-Alt, The Food Lab and seriouseats.com
"There are so many genuinely clever and creative ways to cook with your waffle maker in this book ..."
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"This book is pure culinary fun."
-- Gale Gand, pastry chef, author, restaurateur, and TV personality
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About those recipes, though... While I'll probably never scramble eggs in my waffle iron, I came away with a number of great recipes (you MUST try the brioche - it's SO easy and a delicious component of several items) and inspiration. There's even a section with tips and advice on how to get your own recipes going - what generally works, what doesn't. You can follow Shumski's recipes, or take them to a whole other level.
For example, Shumski's idea to make a grilled cheese sandwich in the waffle iron is sheer brilliance by itself, but particularly so if you like to layer it with bacon or tomato. For those of you who do, you know the anguish of trying to flip a loaded sandwich once it's been grilled to perfection on the first side, only to have it all come apart mid flip. In your waffle iron, of course, there's no flipping involved. Problem solved. Bonus: Your sandwiches cook in half the time since both sides cook at once. Double bonus: If you're using a Belgian waffle maker, your sandwich (if you center it, albeit against Shumski's advice - he suggests placing it as far away from the hinge as possible so as to get better leverage for closing it in, but my waffle iron, the Oster CKSTWFBF21, closes very nicely with the sandwich in the middle) will be cut into four sections, perfect for sharing right out of the waffle iron.
Sandwiches, of course, are only a small part of Will it Waffle? Shumski will have you preparing any number of dishes, from desserts to main courses (think ravioli, macaroni and cheese, stuffed chicken breasts, tamale pie - SO yummy!), all in half the time it takes to cook the same dishes in a pan or in the oven (hint: chocolate chip cookies). I've tried about ten recipes so far and, although there are probably many I'll never get to, I've already discovered several that have quickly become staples at my house. I hate to name drop, but the chocolate-stuffed French toast is insane.
My whole family is in on this, too, as Shumski's book is perfect for seasoned and aspiring waffle iron chefs alike. My kids, including my 14 year-old son, have been having a great time in the kitchen with Will it Waffle? and our new waffle iron. Triple bonus!
Everything is in this book from Chocolate Stuffed French Toast or Truffled Eggs for breakfast to Gridded Grilled Cheese or the Classic Waffleburger for dinner to Waffled Pineapple or Waffled Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert. They also have give tips and tools on how to properly use and care for the waffle iron, and give a history timeline on waffles. This cookbook has opened my eyes to the wonderful world of waffles, and I have truly fallen in love with the waffle iron all over again!