If I told you I'd never made real macaroni and cheese you'd probably stop reading this review right now. But after reading Mac & Cheese, Please! I realize I haven't. Sure I've thrown together some cheese, milk and macaroni (sometimes not even from a box!) but what I've made doesn't even come close to the food porn scrumptiousness contained in this book.
Laura Werlin starts off with one of the longest introductions I've read in a cookbook in a while, especially in one essentially devoted to a single dish. She lovingly (bordering on obsessively) details the milk to cream ratios, the types of cheese that melt the best compared to those that give the most flavour, the proper wait time to obtain maximum cheesiness. In short, she has thought more about macaroni and cheese than most of us do about Christmas dinner.
But thank goodness she has because the result is a collection of recipes that burst from the pages with enticing photos and clever add-ins that just beg you to try them all right now. When I first read this book I had been sick with the flu for a week and could barely even look at food but I think my body willed itself to get better when I saw all that delicious melted cheese and toasted bread crumbs (and fried mac & cheese bites--oh my!).
On a side note, I received the e-book only and read it all on my computer screen (my Kobo is fantastic but it would not have done the photos any justice). So I guess what I'm saying is somebody should go buy me this book! It's not available until December 2012 but, you know, Christmas and all...just sayin'...BUY ME THIS BOOK! please?
Hit the jump for more Mac'n'ations (with cheese)....I apologize that was terrible...so cheesy. Oh, I'm sorry again. I'll stop now.
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This is one of my daughter's favourite books, about a mom who gets a pasta maker and makes so many noodles they threaten to take over the whole town. I should post a review of this one soon!
Oh and hey, did you know there's a website called "Mac and Cheese Please"? It's a blog by two guys in constant search for the best mac & cheese. It's pretty great. Check it out:
Mac and Cheese, Please: Two Men One Goal: The Ultimate Mac and Cheese
|Beecher's Cheese Gnomes in their natural habitat (from macandcheeseplease.com)|