Mac & Cheese: More than 80 Classic and Creative Versions of the Ultimate Comfort Food


Creamy, cheesy, rich, and comforting, macaroni and cheese is the favorite side dish for all generations! From classics with various cheeses to more exotic fare—with lobster, vegetables, pancetta, beef, and many more combinations—this timeless standard deserves a second look.

Consider the Goat Cheese and Boursin Mac and Cheese, Chesapeake Crab Mac and Cheese, or Mac and Cheese Soufflé with Country Ham for a dinner party, a book club meeting, or a holiday side dish. Start with Mac...

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Mac & Cheese: More than 80 Classic and Creative Versions of the Ultimate Comfort Food

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Creamy, cheesy, rich, and comforting, macaroni and cheese is the favorite side dish for all generations! From classics with various cheeses to more exotic fare—with lobster, vegetables, pancetta, beef, and many more combinations—this timeless standard deserves a second look.

Consider the Goat Cheese and Boursin Mac and Cheese, Chesapeake Crab Mac and Cheese, or Mac and Cheese Soufflé with Country Ham for a dinner party, a book club meeting, or a holiday side dish. Start with Mac and Cheese Canapés or Mac and Cheese Spring Rolls, and then have Grand Marnier Orzo Pudding or Macaroni with Pecan Caramel Mascarpone for a sweet dessert!
Author Ellen Brown has collected and developed more than 80 recipes, most of which are adapted from beloved dishes from restaurants around the country like Red Rooster in New York, Nosh in Dallas, and The Tipsy Pig in San Francisco. Recreate your favorite cheesy restaurant dishes at home: the sky’s the limit for the humble mac & cheese.

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Editorial Reviews

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John Mariani, Food & Travel Correspondent, Esquire Magazine
“Fabulous!!! One of the only times I can say I'd actually like to make every recipe in there!"

Larry Cox at What’s Cooking?,
“The recipes in this collection are fairly easy to prepare and accessible.  What gives this cookbook its legs are the unexpected variations on this timeless comfort food.”

Knoxville News Sentinel
“The majority of Brown's recipes are adapted from versions served at high-end restaurants, which means few of the dishes include processed cheese foods such as Velveeta or American cheeses. Instead, what you will find are recipes featuring the yumminess of mozzarella, provolone, Muenster, fontina, Gruyere and mascarpone, just to name a few.

If you're a macaroni and cheese connoisseur you will be well served throughout the upcoming winter months with this 192-page softbound book. "

Providence Journal
“Mac and cheese is a go-to comfort meal for many of us. But a funny thing happened a few years ago—it became gourmet. Many of the finest restaurants added mac and cheese to their menus. But these dishes weren’t your Howard Johnson versions; they were elegant ones with fine cheeses and interesting pasta. Leave it to Ellen Brown to pounce on the trend and to produce a new cookbook. Her recipes are not limited to creamy pasta dishes either, but include canapés to serve at parties and even desserts.”

Norwood Transcript and Bulletin
"Whether you like the standard dish with an abundance of cheese or want to try something a bit different with crab or lobster, Brown has all the choices. The book also includes a few decadent and caloric desserts such as orzo pudding made with Grand Marnier or macaroni with a rich and nutty Mascarpone sauce."

Virtual Gourmet Newsletter
“One-subject cookbooks don't often rise to the level of indispensability that Ellen Brown's newest book, with 80 classic and creative versions of the Ultimate Comfort Food," does with such exuberant style. When you think of it, macaroni and cheese is really an internationally beloved dish, not just the church supper cliché of American cookery.  There are soufflés here, canapés, even desserts from around the world and from some of the best chefs in America, which includes Brown herself. This is that rare book wherein I truly wanted to make every recipe in it, right now.”

Book Club Classics blog

“From finger food appetizers (fried mac and cheese bites) to veggie extravaganzas (Mac and Cheese Margherita) and carnivorous delights (Mayan chipotle chicken) to dessert, Ellen Brown embraces the versatility of America's favorite comfort food.”

Shelf Awareness for Readers
A fresh take on a beloved comfort food that is sure to please all!”

Marin Independent Journal

“Author Ellen Brown provides a wealth of knowledge throughout the book that kept me wanting to turn the pages.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762446599
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 409,395
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Brown is a 30-year veteran foodie. She is the author of more than 30 cookbooks, including several Complete Idiot's guides and Scoop: 125 Specialty Ice Creams from the Nation's Best Creameries. She is the founding food editor of USA Today. Her writing has appeared in major publications including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Bon Appétit, Art Culinaire, and The San Francisco Chronicle, and she has a weekly column in the Providence Journal. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgments TK

Chapter 1: Making the Perfect Mac and Cheese
Pasta Perfect
Choices for Cheeses
Making a Superior Sauce
Changing the Form
Crunchy Toppings
Advance Prep and Reheating Rules
Gluten-Free Alteration
A Note about Serving Sizes

Chapter 2: Mac and Cheese as Finger Food
Mac and Cheese Bites
Orzo Arancini
Mac and Cheese Spring Rolls
Mini-Mac Canapés
Mac and Cheese Carbonara on Parmesan Crisps
Mexican Mac and Cheese Tortilla Cups

Chapter 3: Fundamental Mac and Cheese
Herbed Mac and Cheese
DuMac & Cheese
Cheddar and Jack Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese with Mustard Sage Topping
Truffled Mac and Cheese
Skillet-Fried Cheddar Mac and Cheese
Molly’s Truffled Mac and Cheese
Goat Cheese and Boursin Mac and Cheese
Sherried Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese Pudding

Chapter 4: Vegetable Versions of Mac and Cheese
“Big Kid Mac” with Spinach, Caramelized Onions, and Truffle Oil
Mac and Cheese Primavera
Mac and Cheese with Gorgonzola and Tomatoes
Mediterranean Mac and Cheese with Olives
Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese
Dilled Mac and Cheese with Garlicky Spinach
Mac and Cheese Margherita
Wild Mushroom Mac and Cheese
Parisian Mac and Cheese with Shiitake Mushrooms and Figs
Sweet Onion Mac and Cheese
Creamy Leek Mac and Cheese
Fajita Mac and Cheese
Poblano Chile Mac and Cheese

Chapter 5: Seafood Mac and Cheese
Cooking Lobster and Lobster Stock
Mascarpone Lobster Mac and Cheese
Lobster Mac and Cheese with Tarragon
Lobster Mac and Cheese with Marinated Tomatoes
Truffled Lobster Mac and Cheese with Mushrooms and Tomato
Spicy Shrimp Mac and Cheese
Shrimp Scampi Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese Alla Ajillo
Chesapeake Crab Mac and Cheese
New England Clam Mac and Cheese
Dilled Salmon Mac and Cheese
Tuna Noodle Casserole

Chapter 6: Meaty Mac and Cheese
Chicken and Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese
Mayan Chipotle Chicken Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Prosciutto
Sherried Turkey and Mushroom Mac and Cheese
“Mac Quack” with Duck and Caramelized Onions
Philly Cheese Steak Mac and Cheese
Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese
Black and Bleu Mac and Cheese
Pastitsio-Style Mac and Cheese
Spicy Linguiça Mac and Cheese

Chapter 7: Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Ham
Alpine Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Gruyère
Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Four Cheeses
Bacon and Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Scallions and Sour Cream
Mac and Greens
“Mac Attack” with Bacon, Cheddar, and Apple
Bacon, Tomato, and Caramelized Onion Mac and Cheese
French Onion and Bacon Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese Soufflé with Country Ham
Ham and Goat Cheddar Mac and Cheese
Aged Gouda Mac and Cheese with Country Ham
Mac and Cheese with Ham, Tomatoes, and Three Cheeses
Roasted Garlic, Prosciutto, and Smoked Provolone Mac and Cheese
Serrano Ham and Chile Mac and Cheese
Not Yo’ Mama’s Mac and Cheese
Magnifique Mac-n-Fromage

Chapter 8: Mac and Cheese for Dessert
Rum Raisin Orzo Pudding
Grand Marnier Orzo Pudding
Macaroni with Pecan Caramel Mascarpone
Dessert Cannelloni
Orange Noodle Kugel with Dried Fruit
Apple Raisin Noodle Kugel

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