Mac & Cheese Please!
By Laura Werlin
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, December 4th, 2012
I was thrilled to find this book available for review at NetGalley, as my second daughter has been a massive fan of macaroni cheese ever since she was a toddler, and she is now grown up and living away from home! She has never met a macaroni cheese recipe she didn't like, and in this book there are loads more variations for me to try for her when she visits.
The book is chock full of hints and tips to make your mac n' cheese a triumph, whether you are cooking it on the stove- top or in the oven. Pages of cheese suggestions are given, most of which are available on both sides of The Pond. The only real drawback is that Velveeta cheese is not available here in the UK, but I am assured that a good substitute is Red Leicester cheese, which is widely available in British supermarkets.
I was surprised to discover mac n' cheese's venerable history; it dates back to the time of Thomas Jefferson and was first included in a recipe book by his cousin, Mary Randolph. I knew it had a long history as a "boxed” food produced by Kraft in the 1930s, but not that it was this old. There are 50 recipes, each of them provided with a number of variations. They range from the basic, cheap and cheerful types to the luxurious and positively decadent, eminently suitable for entertaining guests.
Whether you like your mac n' cheese cheesy, hot and spicy, filled with seafood, meat, poultry, vegetables or grains, made with whole-wheat macaroni or gluten-free, there will definitely be recipes for you to enjoy in this great little book !