Cookbook Review & Giveaway: Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese

Cookbook Review & Giveaway: Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese

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Most of us remember eating macaroni and cheese as a kid, and while our taste buds may have matured, it’s still a favorite comfort food for many. Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese, gives that boxed version you once ate a complete makeover, creating recipes that are “both classic and chic.”

About the Book
With over 40 delicious recipes using real artisan cheeses and a variety of pastas, you’ll never look at macaroni and cheese the same again! Melt is the first book to modernize a classic American comfort food. Stephanie includes recipes that range from fresh salads to hearty casseroles, accompanied by beautiful, mouth-watering photos. Cheddar, avocado, lime and goat, fennel, edamame, and mint is just one of the flavor combinations you’ll find. There are also alternative cheese recommendations for each recipe, in case you can’t find the one called for or if you want even more diversity to your cheese répertoire. You’ll even fid suggested wine pairings and additional flavor combinations that complement the artisan cheese highlighted.

MELT_drunken goatDrunken Goat with Edamame, Fennel and Rotini 

Stephanie Stiavetti was kind enough to share with us this delicious recipe.

Serves 4

10 ounces rotini
10 ounces Drunken Goat, rind intact, cut into 1-inch cubes
5 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup fresh-shelled edamame beans
1/4 pound fennel bulb, sliced paper thin (about 1 1/2 cups sliced)
4 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, cut into chiffonade
3 tablespoons chopped fennel fronds
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Zest of 1 medium lemon
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Drain through a colander and wash with cold water to cool. Drain the excess water. Toss all the ingredients together in a bowl. Taste the salad. If you feel it needs more lemon, herbs, salt, or pepper, then adjust and taste again. When it’s balanced to your satisfaction, serve and be amazed at how easy that was.

Alternative cheeses: Lamb Chopper, Midnight Moon
Wine pairings: Sauvignon Blanc, dry Riesling, Gruner Veltliner
Additional pairings for the cheese: edamame, honey, dates, fig jam

Enter to Win!
One randomly selected commenter will win a copy of Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese

Giveaway begins: Monday June 2, 2014 at 7:00 am ET
Giveaway ends: Friday June 6, 2014 at 11:59pm ET

Mandatory Entry: Tell me in the comments area “What’s your favorite cheese to use when making macaroni and cheese?”

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50 Comments
  • Joe N.
    Posted at 08:13h, 04 June Reply

    Pepper jack cheese and panko!

  • Heather Kelly
    Posted at 08:25h, 04 June Reply

    American cheddar!

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    Posted at 08:27h, 04 June Reply

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    Posted at 08:29h, 04 June Reply

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    Posted at 08:30h, 04 June Reply

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  • Helga
    Posted at 22:13h, 04 June Reply

    My pick is cheddar.

  • Laurie
    Posted at 23:27h, 04 June Reply

    I don’t actually make macaraoni & cheese, but if I did I would like it with a sharp cheddar.

  • Laurie
    Posted at 23:28h, 04 June Reply
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    Posted at 23:29h, 04 June Reply

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  • Em Ma
    Posted at 15:51h, 05 June Reply

    I love sharp cheddar and for special occasions I love to put in Gruyere cheese

  • Em Ma
    Posted at 15:53h, 05 June Reply
  • Jeffrey
    Posted at 21:24h, 05 June Reply

    I recently started making Mac & Cheese with Le Gruyere and fell absolutely in love as did my wife!

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    Posted at 21:25h, 05 June Reply

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  • Jeffrey
    Posted at 07:10h, 06 June Reply
  • Natalie
    Posted at 08:11h, 06 June Reply

    We love using cheddar !

  • Nancy
    Posted at 10:42h, 06 June Reply

    I like Cheddar Jack in mac and cheese.

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    Posted at 10:44h, 06 June Reply

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  • Heather R
    Posted at 10:48h, 06 June Reply

    I can only answer your question honestly in one way: I don’t know. years ago, I tried to make mac n cheese, thinking – “it’s cheese, and pasta! how hard can it be?” hahaha oh my how young and naive I was.

    so, in short, I could totally use this cookbook to help determine what cheeses I’d use to make a GOOD mac n cheese!

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    Posted at 10:48h, 06 June Reply

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  • Heather R
    Posted at 10:51h, 06 June Reply
  • Em Ma
    Posted at 12:28h, 06 June Reply
  • Claire
    Posted at 15:05h, 06 June Reply

    sharp cheddar

  • wen budro
    Posted at 17:03h, 06 June Reply

    My favorite cheese to use is white cheddar. But I’d like to experiment with other cheeses in the future.

  • wen budro
    Posted at 17:05h, 06 June Reply
  • Melinda Stephens
    Posted at 18:45h, 06 June Reply

    My favorite is sharp cheddar. I’m pretty traditional.

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    Posted at 18:47h, 06 June Reply

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    Posted at 18:50h, 06 June Reply
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  • Annmarie Weeks
    Posted at 19:24h, 06 June Reply

    I like using Kraft’s 4-state cheddar!

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    Posted at 19:31h, 06 June Reply

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    Posted at 19:32h, 06 June Reply

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    Posted at 19:33h, 06 June Reply

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  • Annmarie W.
    Posted at 19:34h, 06 June Reply
  • Katie Bellamy
    Posted at 20:41h, 06 June Reply

    I look good old Cheddar for my Mac n cheese!

  • kathy dalton
    Posted at 22:32h, 06 June Reply

    i love using cheddar cheese in my macaroni and cheese

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    Posted at 22:33h, 06 June Reply

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    Posted at 22:36h, 06 June Reply
  • Lynne T.
    Posted at 22:58h, 06 June Reply

    I like a mix of sharp cheddar and colby.

  • Liza Vladyka
    Posted at 00:20h, 07 June Reply

    Muenster

  • Liza Vladyka
    Posted at 00:21h, 07 June Reply

    my bad giveaway ended

  • Toby Amidor
    Posted at 21:32h, 08 June Reply

    HI everyone,
    Thanks for entering my latest giveaway for this FABULOUS book! The randomly selected commentor to win a copy of MELT is… Jeffrey. Please keep an eye out for an email from me so I can get your new book shipped to you.

    Thanks again everyone for a great giveaway!

    Happy, healthy eating,
    Toby

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