Thursday, November 11, 2010

Grilled Cheese, Please!, by Laura Werlin

Grilled Cheese, Please!: 50 Scrumptiously Cheesy RecipesThe grilled cheese sandwich is all grown up, and people take it very seriously.  This book provides scholarly advice on how to make the perfect grilled cheese, along with 50 recipes that will have your mouth watering.  But do not expect Kraft or Velveeta, because this book takes things to a whole new level.

I love cheese, and I love bread, so me and grilled cheese are pretty well acquainted, at least I thought so.  And then, I read this book, and realized what an amateur I am.  This book means business.  I am embarrassed to admit that many of the cheeses mentioned in this book I have never heard of, let alone tasted, so some of the recipes are completely inconceivable to me.  That does not mean that I do not want to try all 50 of them immediately, because I totally do.

As if the content matter were not tantalizing enough, the book has some simply amazing photographs to accompany the recipes.  At one point, I wanted to lick my computer screen.  I do not recommend doing this.  What I DO recommend, however, is buying this book, and trying at least one recipe from each section.  With 50 different recipes, in several subcategories, there is something in here for pretty much everyone who is not lactose or gluten intolerant.  And if you are either, or, shudder, both, of those things, you have my deepest sympathies.

A review copy of this was made available by NetGalley.