Melt, by Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord will totally change the way you think about macaroni and cheese.
I don’t care where you have eaten it, how your grandmother or great-aunt Sally made it I can promise you this is as far removed from that satisfying comfort food as a John Deere is from a BMW convertible. I have had the pleasure of driving both a John Deere and a BMW convertible and I can tell you that each has a special place in my heart but there are not at all alike.
The book is hardback – I give special points for that. I love that book smell, you know? There are a prolific number of images and they are full size so that you can see every beautiful detail, each creamy, cheesy dish.
I loved the background information on both cheese and pasta. For example do you know the difference between artisan and farmstead cheeses? You will by the time you’ve read the book.
Recipes? Oh yes!
Imaginative, creative, and unique recipes that will have your mouth watering. Who would ever have thought of mixing peaches, pasta, and cheese? There are a ton of recipes to make and that will also inspire you to make your own versions with unique twists. After all, that’s the sign of a really good cookbook, isn’t it? One that not only gives you recipes but also gives you ideas for your own recipes?
The one thing you may have difficulty with is finding the somewhat unique varieties of cheese. Probably not a problem if you live in New York or San Francisco but if you live in my area of Texas, for example, you’ll have to do a lot of Internet searches and make a lot of telephone calls and drive quite a bit. The recipes have suggestions for substitutions, however so in most cases you can at least come close to the original.
Melt will make a great Christmas present for yourself or for someone you know who loves food. This book is seriously beautiful enough to be a coffee table book, unless you are messy like I am and slop stuff all over your cookbooks.
Below are links to other reviews that have recipes from the book so you can try them. If you want my advice? Get the book. You won’t be sorry. Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese is one of the best cookbooks to come across my desk this year.
Other Reviews of Melt
I receive many books for possible review but I don’t ever promise to review a book that I don’t feel will be of interest to you all or that I don’t care for for some reason. I received one free copy of Melt for review but no other compensation. I also “know” Stephanie Stiavetti through Facebook and other social media. This did not have any influence on my opinion or review.
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