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Posted June 22, 2009
Ahh, the beauty of bread and cheese and then some...,
I love cooking, I really do, the character of a domestic goddess really appeals to me but some days when I'm tired and I don't want to wait for delivery not to mention trying to keep it as clean and nutritious as I can, might be daunting so I am grateful for little books such as this one. A hot, grilled sammy can be a great replacement meal, even as dinner, after all it would do good for everyone to eat a small meal her and there, people are used to eating just because the clock strikes a certain hour, never mind that their gut never stops working. This is no diet book by any means, but a great way to make some really spectacular sandwiches, hot or cold with cheese omitted if one wants to leave it out. I tend to keep them small as the hot and tasty flavor is so good that a little bit goes a long way. It's a great book to make snacks and get flavor pairing ideas; those can fit into cooking breakfast to dinner, not just for sandwiches. My boyfriend hasn't complained yet that I have been using him as a testing tool for this book, so far I have gotten thumbs up, phew...haha.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The famous "Harry's Bar Special" sandwich is here, from Venice itself it has been mention to me in many books by authors such as Giada de Laurentiis and Nigella Lawson, and let me tell you the cheese spread and ham combo with a lady finger like sandwich fried in butter is heavenly. They taste so good that I can eat a little bit and be totally satisfied, I usually cook pretty rustic and simple, whatever looks good at the best organic market finds its way onto my plate, but when I get a nice crispy bread this book is the first thing I reach for. From a robust Mediterranean Meltdown ( ripe tomato, mahon cheese and fresh Thyme on Black olive bread - yummm! to Welsh Rarebit, grilled pumpernickel and gouda this has something for everyone and the best thing is that each recipe doesn't ask for a lot of random ingredients ( my biggest cooking pet peeve).
Chapters in this book include interesting picking such as; Five-minute wonders, Party tidbits-canapes, crostini and bruschetta, classics and twists, simple seasonal grilled cheese with something extra, Extravaganzas, Quesadillas, Pidane and Pita Sandwiches, Grilled cheese in salad, Sweets and Accompaniments. It also includes an index, sources for cheese and table of equivalents. I like that the book has many nice photos, its so pleasing to see the food and then be so driven that one has to make it., I am a sucker for picture cookbooks as much as tiny and serious ones, I adore all kinds of art and culinary touches that make each day so much more pleasurable. I have a ton of cookbooks and this is always close by, some days when a slice of tomato with some gray salt on a buttered piece of bread with a coarse sprinkle of Indonesia's best black pepper is as pleasurable as a meal at any extravagant restaurant, this book is filled with tasty and interesting ideas to make meals in no time, ones that are complex and delicious but not so tricky that one has to buy a ton of ingredients to make a sandwich. I adore this little treasure and it's always on hand when I need some ideas to fix something fast and possibly hot.
- Kasia S.
Posted March 4, 2010
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