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A fun and playful cookbook featuring retro, decadent, and kid-friendly mac-and-cheese recipes from the popular Oakland restaurant Homeroom.  Think Outside the Box! Macaroni and cheese is one of America’s favorite comfort foods, beloved by kids and adults alike. But there’s no need to rely on prefab mixes—all you need is a handful of kitchen staples, some tasty cheese, and A fun and playful cookbook featuring retro, decadent, and kid-friendly mac-and-cheese recipes from the popular Oakland restaurant Homeroom.  Think Outside the Box! Macaroni and cheese is one of America’s favorite comfort foods, beloved by kids and adults alike. But there’s no need to rely on prefab mixes—all you need is a handful of kitchen staples, some tasty cheese, and a little insider advice courtesy of Homeroom restaurant. This perennially popular Oakland, California, eatery—with its entire menu devoted to mac and cheese—now shares its secrets for the best-ever mac recipes.   These inventive dishes offer something for everyone: nostalgic homestyle recipes like Tuna Mac, international varieties like Sriracha Mac, decadent delights like Truffle Mac, and even the logic-defying Vegan Mac. You’ll also find recipes for quick veggie sides like Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and old-school desserts like frozen Peanut Butter Pie. With a basics section on perfecting mac sauce, choosing the best noodles, and customizing add-ins and toppings, plus an emphasis on quality ingredients and simple techniques, this fun, playful cookbook shows cheese-loving readers how to take this comfort-food staple to creative new heights.


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A fun and playful cookbook featuring retro, decadent, and kid-friendly mac-and-cheese recipes from the popular Oakland restaurant Homeroom.  Think Outside the Box! Macaroni and cheese is one of America’s favorite comfort foods, beloved by kids and adults alike. But there’s no need to rely on prefab mixes—all you need is a handful of kitchen staples, some tasty cheese, and A fun and playful cookbook featuring retro, decadent, and kid-friendly mac-and-cheese recipes from the popular Oakland restaurant Homeroom.  Think Outside the Box! Macaroni and cheese is one of America’s favorite comfort foods, beloved by kids and adults alike. But there’s no need to rely on prefab mixes—all you need is a handful of kitchen staples, some tasty cheese, and a little insider advice courtesy of Homeroom restaurant. This perennially popular Oakland, California, eatery—with its entire menu devoted to mac and cheese—now shares its secrets for the best-ever mac recipes.   These inventive dishes offer something for everyone: nostalgic homestyle recipes like Tuna Mac, international varieties like Sriracha Mac, decadent delights like Truffle Mac, and even the logic-defying Vegan Mac. You’ll also find recipes for quick veggie sides like Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and old-school desserts like frozen Peanut Butter Pie. With a basics section on perfecting mac sauce, choosing the best noodles, and customizing add-ins and toppings, plus an emphasis on quality ingredients and simple techniques, this fun, playful cookbook shows cheese-loving readers how to take this comfort-food staple to creative new heights.

30 review for The Mac + Cheese Cookbook: 50 Simple Recipes from Homeroom, America's Favorite Mac and Cheese Restaurant

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    I've never been a fan of macaroni and cheese, but that's because I wasn't eating good mac and cheese. The recipes in this collection are delicious to eat and easy to make, with plenty of opportunities to add your own spin to appeal to your personal tastes. I've never been a fan of macaroni and cheese, but that's because I wasn't eating good mac and cheese. The recipes in this collection are delicious to eat and easy to make, with plenty of opportunities to add your own spin to appeal to your personal tastes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    What can I say? Delicious recipes for the ultimate comfort food.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lori Lim

    Awesome book. Lots of fun to read and great recipes. Easy enough for a novice to try. Fancy enough for a chef to use.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    The Mac & Cheese Cookbook:  50 Simple Recipes From Homeroom, America's Favorite Mac And Cheese Restaurant, by Allison Arevalo & Erin Wade A friend of mine has to cook mac & cheese for her father all the time, and so I have gotten in the habit of making jokes about all the ways that one can cook this familiar dish.  As a result of that joke, I wanted to see if there were cookbooks devoted to this particular dish available in my local library system and lo and behold, there was one.  As someone who The Mac & Cheese Cookbook:  50 Simple Recipes From Homeroom, America's Favorite Mac And Cheese Restaurant, by Allison Arevalo & Erin Wade A friend of mine has to cook mac & cheese for her father all the time, and so I have gotten in the habit of making jokes about all the ways that one can cook this familiar dish.  As a result of that joke, I wanted to see if there were cookbooks devoted to this particular dish available in my local library system and lo and behold, there was one.  As someone who is both generally fond of macaroni and cheese as well as well as reading cookbooks [1], I found this book to be highly enjoyable.  My general rule of thumb for appreciating cookbooks is if there are even a few dishes that are shown here that I want to try and might even be willing to cook, the book is a success, and by those somewhat modest standards this book definitely excels.  Can a restaurant make variations on one dish that are stellar and fill and entire book (albeit a short one) with different variations of mac & cheese and be successful and worthwhile?  Absolutely. The book is organized in a very effective way to show off the wide variety of dishes that one can make with or around a base of mac & cheese.  The book starts with a discussion of the dream of the authors to start a restaurant based around mac & cheese that led them to leave lucrative careers as a marketer and a lawyer, respectively, in order to become restaurant entrepreneurs.  Beginning with a recipe of the essential mac sauce (also known as bèchamel sauce), the authors discuss the wide variety of cheeses as well as toppings that can be used for the dish and the importance of choosing the right salt, and even discuss their wine & beer pairings, which are given for all of the main dish recipes included here.  The first chapter of recipes includes American classics, which range from the classic mac to the spicy mac, an interesting variant featuring hot dogs and potato chips that is called trailer mac, a tuna mac, a chili mac, a breakfast mac with fried eggs and a few others, some including Vermont white cheddar and others featuring garlic.  The next chapter includes international varieties including Shepherd's mac, a Mexican mac, a Cacio e Pepe that looks fantastic, a mac featuring a mix of gouda cheeses, and a patatas bravas mac with paprika that I would like to try for myself, among other dishes.  A chapter on experimenting with unusual ingredients includes a cold pesto mac, a classy truffle mac, a surprising vegan mac as well as some tasty looking dishes like four cheese mac, mac-cakes, and a mac & cheese dish with feta cheese called Mac the goat.  After this comes a chapter on side dishes including some really good looking dishes like roasted carrots with citrus vinaigrette, crispy blanched string beans, a brussels sprouts dish that I would use with turkey bacon and apple cider vinaigrette, a winter citrus salad, and minty, buttery peas.  The book closes with some desserts, some of which (like the dessert mac, seem rather striking continuations of the book's theme) and others just sound delicious, like the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, the peanut butter pie, or the strawberry crisp dish.  If you don't find at least a dozen dishes here that sound absolutely amazing to try, you could probably stand to have a bit more adventuresome tastes and a bit more appreciation of the humble macaroni and cheese. This book manages to combine two tendencies that are usually at odds with each other when it comes to contemporary cooking.  One of those is an appreciation of dishes that are humble and modest.  I grew up eating variations of these dishes largely because pasta is inexpensive and I grew up rather poor, and because these dishes are inexpensive to make and generally fairly quick to make, they are a familiar food for a great many people.  What these authors do in their book, and likely in their restaurant as well, is to combine a humble but versatile food with a great deal of class and variety to turn it into something that can be appreciated by the hipster gourmands that this book is aimed at.  The combination of humble and flexible foods that are not terribly expensive with classy presentation and inventive ingredients and combinations of dishes makes for a book that appeals both to modest and ordinary people as well as hipsters who are always looking for something different and odd.  This book manages to appeal to both audiences while presenting some foods that look amazing to try.  If their restaurant delivers even half of the promise that these dishes inspire through the excellent writing of its authors, it would be a must-try place in Oakland if I am ever in the area. [1] See, for example: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Teawench

    seems like most recipes are the same except for the kind of cheeses used. I can do that much on my own

  6. 5 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Admittedly, I LOVE macaroni and cheese - absolutely love it. But I've had a frustrating experience with Mac N Cheese recipes in the past, especially books devoted to the subject. They are usually super fancy, adding strange ingredients in order to 'reinvent' or at least present a different take on the comfort food staple. But really, I want to know how to make a good basic recipe that does what is promised and doesn't More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Admittedly, I LOVE macaroni and cheese - absolutely love it. But I've had a frustrating experience with Mac N Cheese recipes in the past, especially books devoted to the subject. They are usually super fancy, adding strange ingredients in order to 'reinvent' or at least present a different take on the comfort food staple. But really, I want to know how to make a good basic recipe that does what is promised and doesn't turn into a runny or blobby mess. This book is a very different take on the subject: rather than giving us complex over the top variations, the book starts with a simple foundation using simple ingredients: milk, salt, butter, flour. They then build upon that basic recipe, giving useful advice (what the different salts do to the recipe, the best type of noodles, troubleshooting when the recipe doesn't come out right) to make sure the recipes come out as planned. Already, I was able from those advice pages to identify places I went wrong. I appreciate a book that not only gives suggestions but can also tell you why something might be better than something else as an ingredient (e.g., kosher salt vs table salt). The book also distinguishes between gooey and basked macaroni and cheese since those two variations seem to be the dividing line between mac n cheese lovers. Half the book is varitations on a class American dish. Then interesting ways to create 'international' themed dishes using ingredients specific to certain cities or countries. As well, recipes are given for side dishes that go great with the main dish and deserts. The authors own a macaroni and cheese themed restaurant in Oakland that specializes in inexpensive and simple (not overworked or overdone) offerings - 10 macaroni and cheese offerings at a time. The playfulness of their restaurant, Homeroom, is prevalent throughout the book as well. The book is presented as a school type of settings to correspond with the name 'Homeroom'. Everything is very basically and simply presented. With the exception of panko (japanese bread crumbs), all the ingredients are easy to obtain and few brand names are mentioned. That is the theme and the reason to buy the book. I especially appreciated the discussion on different cheddar cheeses and why some are better than others. My only criticism is that there are not pictures for over half the recipes in the book, just random drawings as 'personality'. I really feel that in order to do a dish, you have to have a notion of how it is going to look in the end - especially with the international dishes. As an example, a cold pesto mac n cheese dish sounds fascinating but I'm having trouble picturing it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I am about to start working my way through the recipes. Will report findings. ** Update to Mac Sauce recipe, see below ** 1/12/14 - So far I have made the mac sauce and used it in the classic mac & cheese recipe. All the cheese sauce recipes start with a bechamel sauce that they call their Mac Sauce. Sounds hard but it is really easy. The book even has step by step photos - not that they are needed. For the bechamel you melt butter in a pot, add flour and whisk constantly over heat, until lightly I am about to start working my way through the recipes. Will report findings. ** Update to Mac Sauce recipe, see below ** 1/12/14 - So far I have made the mac sauce and used it in the classic mac & cheese recipe. All the cheese sauce recipes start with a bechamel sauce that they call their Mac Sauce. Sounds hard but it is really easy. The book even has step by step photos - not that they are needed. For the bechamel you melt butter in a pot, add flour and whisk constantly over heat, until lightly browned. While still constantly whisking, slowly add milk, then whisk in the salt. That's it! This will make 3 cups and keeps in the fridge so it can even be made ahead of time. ***** Below is the recipe for making only 2 cups of the bechamel (mac sauce) needed for most recipes. **** It looks as if almost all of the recipes use 2 cups mac sauce. The way my family loves mac and cheese I will probably make a double batch of the mac sauce, divide it into 2 cup canning jars, and keep them in the fridge ready to go. Then all I would need to do is boil up the pasta and reheat the mac sauce in a pot, adding whatever cheeses I want. I may never go back to the box version again. There is a recipe in the book called Trailer Mac. Boy did that bring back memories. It's just mac and cheese with cut-up hotdogs mixed in and crushed potato chips on top. What can I say? I grew up in a family where my dad died when I was young, there were three kids, and my mom worked full time. I loved the stuff. But not to worry, if you were expecting fancy mac and cheese you will find that too. There is a greek one in the international section that is called Macximus. It has feta cheese and spinach, yum. 2/18/2014 Update. Like I said above, the bechamel sauce makes 3 cups and almost all of the recipes use only 2 cups. So what to do with the leftover? Toss is? Keep in fridge until it becomes questionable then toss? No, don't do that! Here are the instructions on how to make only 2 cups bechamel sauce. ****To make 2 cups Mac Sauce**** 2 cups milk 5 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter 5 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt or 1/2 teaspoon table salt The salt might be a little on the light side so add more to taste if needed. Make the sauce according to directions. To date I have only made the recipe for Classic Mac n Cheese. I have made both the pan version and the baked version with the Panko crumbs on top. They were both good. Can't say how leftovers fare since I never seem to have any. Quality of cheese does make a difference. Use the best you can find. Below is a link to a great webpage for reducing recipe measurements. It is from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. http://food.unl.edu/fnh/reduce-recipe...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Received from NetGalley. Man, this is one of those times I wish I had a hardcopy to drool over. Seriously. It's also one of the few times I'm ok with reading an arc on my computer instead of trying to convert a PDF to mobi and reading it on my Kindle. Pictures really make a cookbook worthwhile. I honestly won't even read/buy/check out a cookbook if it doesn't have a lot of pictures. If I just wanted recipes I can get millions online. I buy cookbooks for the pretty pictures! Received from NetGalley. Man, this is one of those times I wish I had a hardcopy to drool over. Seriously. It's also one of the few times I'm ok with reading an arc on my computer instead of trying to convert a PDF to mobi and reading it on my Kindle. Pictures really make a cookbook worthwhile. I honestly won't even read/buy/check out a cookbook if it doesn't have a lot of pictures. If I just wanted recipes I can get millions online. I buy cookbooks for the pretty pictures!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

    Can I lick the pages? This is the story and compilation of two women who opened a mac 'n cheese restaurant in California. The introduction was really well done with their story, mac sauce, baked vs. creamy, etc. Photos were really well done and easy to follow recipes. Styles include Across the Americas and International flavors, as well as outside the box recipes. Can I lick the pages? This is the story and compilation of two women who opened a mac 'n cheese restaurant in California. The introduction was really well done with their story, mac sauce, baked vs. creamy, etc. Photos were really well done and easy to follow recipes. Styles include Across the Americas and International flavors, as well as outside the box recipes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    I'll have to try a couple of the recipes before I can properly rate the book, but they look fantastic and the directions seem really easy to follow. It definitely made me hungry!! 9/9/13 So yummy! Full review at http://persephonemagazine.com/2013/09... I'll have to try a couple of the recipes before I can properly rate the book, but they look fantastic and the directions seem really easy to follow. It definitely made me hungry!! 9/9/13 So yummy! Full review at http://persephonemagazine.com/2013/09...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Can't wait to make a few of these recipes using my yummy gluten free pasta. I've eaten at the restaurant and it was divine. Can't wait to make a few of these recipes using my yummy gluten free pasta. I've eaten at the restaurant and it was divine.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jon Hewelt

    I dig these recipes.Can't wait to try them! There's only so much you can review of a cookbook without actually trying the recipes. I can't speak to the deliciousness of these mac + cheeses, but from the ingredients list, they sound AMAZING. All the recipes do, from the macs to the sides to the desserts. And there's a real charm in the spine of this book. It's authors opened a mac + cheese restaurant as a passion project, after careers in marketing and law. There's an earnestness in the way they d I dig these recipes.Can't wait to try them! There's only so much you can review of a cookbook without actually trying the recipes. I can't speak to the deliciousness of these mac + cheeses, but from the ingredients list, they sound AMAZING. All the recipes do, from the macs to the sides to the desserts. And there's a real charm in the spine of this book. It's authors opened a mac + cheese restaurant as a passion project, after careers in marketing and law. There's an earnestness in the way they describe their recipes, a sincere "we just want to share this food we like" vibe. And dang, if I'm not sucked in by that cheerfulness. So, too, do I like how each recipe comes with a pairing suggestion for both beer and wine. I swear, they've thought of everything. As with any cookbook, I always want more photos of the recipes. But the photos we do get are positively mouth-watering and the whole design of the book just oozes with the cozy aesthetic of its authors restaurant, Homeroom. This is a neat, niche cookbook for loves of mac + cheese (myself definitely included). Absolutely check it out.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Yummy book. Hope to try out some of the recipes this year. I was especially happy to see that the authors included some information about how to make Gluten-free mac and cheese, as I have family and other friends that have Celiac.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline M Lee

    Awesome Mac & Cheese recipes

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hiram Davis

    Simple and delicious recipes. I made 4 of them and they were excellent. Decent mac and cheese has always eluded my limited skills. This book made me into a pro.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jackson Matthews

    oh boy. All kinds of nice things including vegan mac for my no-dairy friends. I do feel sad for the baby cattle, too, maybe to veal but certainly taken away from their mums. Maybe I should veg, too

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl (The Crafty Librarian)

    I can’t wait to actually TRY all the recipes. If they are as good as they appear - my rating may change... num!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tommie Morris

    Great read..... thank you for a very entertaining story

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Vogel

    A bit kitschy, but overall a cute little recipe book that is great for elevating your comfort food game. Instructions are easy to follow and the few recipes I’ve tried have come out great.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laurie • The Baking Bookworm

    This book review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca). Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Ten Speed Press and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. My Thoughts: Macaroni and Cheese, good homemade mac'n'cheese and all its creamy, cheesy goodness, is so comforting that it can soothe my weary soul even on the bleakest of days. Add a crunchy Panko crumb topping and This book review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca). Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Ten Speed Press and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. My Thoughts: Macaroni and Cheese, good homemade mac'n'cheese and all its creamy, cheesy goodness, is so comforting that it can soothe my weary soul even on the bleakest of days. Add a crunchy Panko crumb topping and I'm in gastronomical heaven! I'm not the only person in my house that is an avid mac and cheese addict. My kids and Brad enjoy diving into a bowl of gooey, cheesy goodness too. Typically, I use the same recipe to make my homemade mac and cheese. It's a good recipe and I've used it so much and for so long that I know it by heart. And that gets a little boring after awhile, if I'm being honest. So when I saw that Allison and Erin had written an entire cookbook about one of my favourite comfort foods I knew I had to give it a try. My beloved mac and cheese with a few twists? Count me in! Allison and Erin know more than a thing or two about mac and cheese. They own a restaurant in Oakland, California which is dedicated to their love of the curved noodle and fromage. We're not talking about only serving the standard cheesy sauce over macaroni noodles. Oh no, my friends. These two gals offer up 10 different kinds of mac and cheese every day and dress up my favourite comfort food with simple, yet delicious, add-ins. I will admit that sometimes reading a cookbook is about as riveting as reading an encyclopedia. They can be a little dry and lacking in personality but I'm happy to report that this is not the case with The Mac + Cheese Cookbook. Allison and Erin's personalities come shining through as they begin the book by giving their readers a tour of their restaurant, Homeroom. It's a unique restaurant and their lucky customers get to keep track of all of the delicious Mac + Cheese varieties that they've tried at Homeroom in an old fashioned card catalogue. My inner book nerd totally loves that!! How cool is that? Seriously?! They follow the tour of their restaurant by starting their readers off at the beginning of the Mac and Cheese journey, the constant in all of their creations -- a basic cream sauce, or "Mac Sauce". You've got to start with good building blocks and a good cream sauce will put you on the path to a delish mac and cheese creation of your very own. Once you have your Mac Sauce you can then transform standard, yet delicious, mac and cheese into so many different, unique pasta dishes depending on what you want to add in. Their recipes aren't hard to make (clear and concise instructions are given) nor are they really finicky or ultra 'chi-chi' either. In my humble opinion, Mac and Cheese shouldn't be a complicated affair but I do adore the fact that they've given a new life (and different flavour combos) to a well-loved dish. They also surprised me by having wine and beer pairings with their different Mac + Cheese variations. They also give helpful hints and explanations regarding ingredients (when to use certain cheeses/noodles, differences in salt) as well as trouble shooting common Mac + Cheese mistakes (lumpy sauce, thin sauce, lacking in flavour ...). Ultimately, they want to help their readers to experience a truly phenomenal Mac + Cheese. The only thing that I wish that were different with my experience reading this book is I really wish I had received a hard copy of this book instead of an e-copy on my Kindle. Please don't get me wrong, I love and appreciate receiving this cookbook from the publisher but I think, given the choice, I would have much preferred to review this book (and other cookbooks in the future) with a paper copy. There's just something about reading a e-cookbook that just doesn't do it for me. It's harder to skim through and the black and white of my Kindle didn't do their pictures justice. Overall, I really recommend this cookbook. Allison and Erin have created a unique, interesting and totally tantalizing cookbook that showcases one of my favourite go-to comfort meals. Mac and Cheese isn't meant to be a complicated dish and I love that they're not trying to reinvent Mac + Cheese. It's fabulous in its simplicity. They're tweaking the fabulousness by giving their readers some new takes on a tried and true favourite by suggesting add-ins, like Panko crumbs on top, blue cheese or even my beloved goat cheese. With a few simple staples and perhaps a couple of unique add-ins you can make a very common dish extraordinary! My Rating: 4/5 stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erin Murray

    Great book from a favorite place for delicious comfort food! I no longer live near Homeroom but love that I can cook up my favorites even when I can’t visit! Thank you!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    A long time ago this reviewer first saw a reference to Mac & Cheese in an American cookbook and for some reason wondered what it had to do with a McDonald's hamburger… the cultural delight that is Mac & Cheese hadn't obviously travelled far enough at that time. This book manages to find 50 different recipes from one restaurant alone, a restaurant that just specialises in Mac & Cheese. This will either be a form of culinary nirvana or a feeling of "Groundhog Day" for many. Still one can be bemused A long time ago this reviewer first saw a reference to Mac & Cheese in an American cookbook and for some reason wondered what it had to do with a McDonald's hamburger… the cultural delight that is Mac & Cheese hadn't obviously travelled far enough at that time. This book manages to find 50 different recipes from one restaurant alone, a restaurant that just specialises in Mac & Cheese. This will either be a form of culinary nirvana or a feeling of "Groundhog Day" for many. Still one can be bemused and amazed as to how there can be so many different recipes and variants for Mac & Cheese, apart from every family's own carefully-guarded secret that is. Starting with an interesting introduction (particularly for a funny foreigner who doesn't have a deep insight into this cult dish) and a look at the restaurant which is fixated on Mac & Cheese, the book then moves on to the basics and the apparent "problem" of whether you will have your Mac & Cheese creamy or baked. Apparently this simple thing is capable of polarising opinion. You need to learn to walk before you can run so it is then a primer on preparing the basics such as a Basic Baked Mac & Cheese, a Mac Sauce and a consideration on the importance of the right ingredients! Then it is recipe after recipe, first from "home" and then a look at some international Mac & Cheese recipes (although no doubt some purists will rage about their authenticity). Just looking through the list of recipes shows the variations that one can make on a theme. Jalapeño Popper Mac, Tuna Mac, Chili Mac, Breakfast Mac (yes really, with a fried egg on top!)… or the foreign entries such as Macximus, Shepherd's Mac and Deliciousmäcken. No really, these do apparently exist too. Each recipe is very well written and accompanied by a bit of an introduction or scene-setter before giving clear step-by-step instructions. Even some beer or wine suggestions are provided for those who imbibe. A few small, common niggles exist (lack of an estimated prep/cook time, sole U.S. imperial unit measures) but they are just that, niggles and using a conversion chart at the end of the book is no real solution in the 21st Century. Whilst reading through this book you certainly feel as if your hand is being held all of the way, yet it is not patronising. Some interesting humour and great food photography help keep you drawn in and on track. Should you feel adventurous there are even some "experimental" dishes too that utilise "unusual ingredients". After that there are few so-so additions for sides and desserts that might help bolster up a mealtime, but for this reviewer at least the main recipes are the main draw, in part through sheer curiosity value! The core ingredients for Mac & Cheese need not be expensive items and this book might even show how you could have a great amount of diversity within your family meals without breaking the budget or suffering from mealtime boredom along the way. This reviewer was slightly sceptical as to whether this book would really work when its title and description were made available. The reality is a lot different and it does underline perfectly the phrase "first impressions can be deceiving." The Mac + Cheese Cookbook, written by Allison Arevalo & Erin Wade and published by Ten Speed Press. ISBN 9781607744665, 128 pages. Typical price: USD16.99. YYYY. // This review appeared in YUM.fi and is reproduced here in full with permission of YUM.fi. YUM.fi celebrates the worldwide diversity of food and drink, as presented through the humble book. Whether you call it a cookery book, cook book, recipe book or something else (in the language of your choice) YUM will provide you with news and reviews of the latest books on the marketplace. //

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.5 of 5 I initially requested to read this book because my daughter, a vegetarian, loves macaroni and cheese and I thought it might be nice if we could find some variations rather than having her constantly mixing from a box. But I found that I may use it more than she will! Authors Allison Arevalo and Erin Wade are the owners of the restaurant HOMEROOM, a Mac + Cheese restaurant in Oakland. Their success with the restaurant promp This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.5 of 5 I initially requested to read this book because my daughter, a vegetarian, loves macaroni and cheese and I thought it might be nice if we could find some variations rather than having her constantly mixing from a box. But I found that I may use it more than she will! Authors Allison Arevalo and Erin Wade are the owners of the restaurant HOMEROOM, a Mac + Cheese restaurant in Oakland. Their success with the restaurant prompted them to share some of their favorite recipes and tips. Among these tips are suggestions as to what wines would be best served with each recipe. While I'm not big on wine with macaroni and cheese, I appreciate the gesture. I made a few of these and found them to be truly delicious. My wife is not a fan of macaroni and cheese and yet she liked these recipes very much. What I learned is that each recipe starts with a basic recipe that is the same for all of them. It is essentially a white sauce that I learned to make when I was in middle school. Then cheeses are (and other ingredients) are added to that sauce. Our favorite recipe turned out to be one of our own devising (using Arevalo and Wade's sauce mix as a starter) when some the cheeses I was looking to make a specific recipe weren't available at my local store. But adding freshly grated cheese to a tasty sauce, then topped with panko crumbs and baked really does make for a wonderful dish. Adding other ingredients ... everything from hotdogs to bacon pieces to broccoli really adds a delectable touch. The book is well presented, with beautiful, mouth-watering pictures and basic cook-book-style recipes, with a list of necessary ingredients. The recipes are very simple to make and manage to make mac and cheese something more than just a lunch meal for a pre-schooler. I only wish the book were longer. I'd have liked twice as many recipes, but in truth ... once the sauce is made and you have a grasp of how much cheese and other ingredients to add, it's VERY easy to create your own dishes. Almost every recipe book I own have a large number of recipes that I have not made, and probably will never make. This book is full of recipes and I have no doubt I will make every one of them Looking for a good book? The Mac + Cheese Cookbook is a cookbook for one of the most basic of American dishes but adds some panache and is simple enough for nearly anyone to use. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mason

    I must admit the cover of THE MAC & CHEESE COOKBOOK captured my attention the moment I saw it. Doesn’t it look yummy? Visions of mouth-watering dishes of mac and cheese sprang to mind and I had to know more. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed by the cookbook, quite the opposite. I found this charming cookbook to be packed with delicious recipes, easy instructions, gorgeous color photos, and extremely helpful tips. Authors (Chefs) Allison Arevalo and Erin Wade have compiled tasty recipes that w I must admit the cover of THE MAC & CHEESE COOKBOOK captured my attention the moment I saw it. Doesn’t it look yummy? Visions of mouth-watering dishes of mac and cheese sprang to mind and I had to know more. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed by the cookbook, quite the opposite. I found this charming cookbook to be packed with delicious recipes, easy instructions, gorgeous color photos, and extremely helpful tips. Authors (Chefs) Allison Arevalo and Erin Wade have compiled tasty recipes that will have you eager to try all 50 of them. Each recipes is written in simple, easy steps with a bit of information about the dish. In addition, many are accompanied by a beautiful full page color photo of the completed dish. There’s also a section on selecting the right noodles and how to prepare them properly. A highlight of the book for me was the step-by-step instructions and photos on how to prepare the mac sauce - the base of each recipe. The authors also note problems that can be encountered preparing the sauce and the simple solutions to resolve these issues. Each recipe also includes a beer and wine pairing to enrich the meal. To help even more, the authors have included recipes for fun side dishes and desserts to compliment the mac and cheese. Some of the recipes are: Trailer Mac, Mac & Blue, Shepherd’s Mac, Winter Citrus Salad, Peanut Butter Pie, and Dessert Mac. I tried the Vermont White Cheddar Mac and was delighted with my results. The recipe was easy to follow, the instructions helpful and the end results delicious. While this dish took a bit longer than opening a box of mac and cheese, it was well worth the effort. Once the simple mac sauce is mastered, the recipes are a breeze. Mac and cheese, the ultimate comfort food, can be prepared every day of the month with this enticing cookbook and never be the same. If you grew up loving mac and cheese, this is a must have for your kitchen. Arevalo and Wade are the owners/operators of the wildly popular San Francisco Bay Area macaroni and cheese restaurant known as HOMEROOM. A school theme is sprinkled throughout the restaurant and the entire menu is under ten dollars. For delicious, quick and easy dishes the entire family will devour, THE MAC & CHEESE COOKBOOK is the perfect solution. FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Arledge

    I found this cookbook to almost be more like a novel than a cookbook. I've never come across a cookbook that had so much reading. I think if somebody is looking for a "cookbook" as the title implies, they aren't looking for all the excess reading. I think if the book itself had been titled something more along the lines of Homeroom's History, Tips & Recipes Revealed then all this extra info would've been more acceptable. Even the acknowledgements & introduction were way longer than I think they I found this cookbook to almost be more like a novel than a cookbook. I've never come across a cookbook that had so much reading. I think if somebody is looking for a "cookbook" as the title implies, they aren't looking for all the excess reading. I think if the book itself had been titled something more along the lines of Homeroom's History, Tips & Recipes Revealed then all this extra info would've been more acceptable. Even the acknowledgements & introduction were way longer than I think they should've been. My family loves macaroni so I was hoping to find many different ways to make macaroni but as the book states they like the "one way" method. The "Mac Sauce" is used in every recipe. You then basically pick a pasta and cheese. If you aren't fond of the mac sauce then all the recipes are pretty much a waste. In addition to the pasta, mac sauce & cheese the different recipes have other things thrown in them to give them a theme. For example you have The Trailer Mac which has hot dogs and potato chips. You have the Breakfast Mac which has bacon & eggs. I found almost all of these recipes to be very strange. I actually only found 2 or 3 that I would even be interested in trying. I did try the classic mac which I found to be just okay. There were many ingredients in this book that I'd never even heard of. Finding them in the store would probably prove to be more difficult than it'd be worth. I found the side recipes to be unnecessary. I personally see macaroni as a side so I'm not sure many people will find the sides necessary. The desserts wasn't a bad idea. I would say it's a bonus that you're getting secret dessert recipes from Homeroom as well. Prior to getting a copy of this book I'd never heard of Homeroom. The title led me to believe that it was a macaroni recipe book. I'm sure many will make this same mistake. Maybe if I were somebody that's been fortunate enough to have been to Homeroom, this book would be more appealing for me. Overall I don't think this is a bad book but I think the title may be a little deceptive to some people.

  26. 5 out of 5

    DelAnne Frazee

    Title: The Mac + Cheese Cookbook Author: Allison Arevalo & Erin Wade Publisher: Ten Speed Press Published: 8-20-2013 Pages: 128 ISBN-10: 160774466X ISBN-13: 978-1607744665 E-Book ASIN: B00BKKFVCG Macaroni and Cheese, the ultimate comfort food for most of us. The Mac + Cheese Cookbook is in fact teaching cookbook that shows us that Mac & Cheese is not just for kids anymore. These simple to read and follow recipes show the versatility of macaroni and cheese. It can be as simple as the plain side dish to t Title: The Mac + Cheese Cookbook Author: Allison Arevalo & Erin Wade Publisher: Ten Speed Press Published: 8-20-2013 Pages: 128 ISBN-10: 160774466X ISBN-13: 978-1607744665 E-Book ASIN: B00BKKFVCG Macaroni and Cheese, the ultimate comfort food for most of us. The Mac + Cheese Cookbook is in fact teaching cookbook that shows us that Mac & Cheese is not just for kids anymore. These simple to read and follow recipes show the versatility of macaroni and cheese. It can be as simple as the plain side dish to the star of the dinner table. This is a truly new cook friendly cookbook in that it gives step by step instructions, often with pictures to show you how the process is done. They also give tid bits on how to correct common mistakes. I was surprised to see a Mac and Cheese breakfast recipe and another for dessert and had to try both. Imagine my surprise when my family actually liked them. Our most favorite was the Patatas Bravas Mac. You will think you have died and gone to heaven. Just to make sure that your meal will be talked about the next day to friends there are some great side dish recipes included as well. Rounding out the meal are the dessert recipes. You have got to try the Peanut Butter Pie. If you have never thought Mac and Cheese was that tasty of a dish or used a pre-made or boxed one because you did not think you could make one from scratch on your own then the Mac + Cheese Cookbook is a must have. You are bound to be a few you will be adding to your favorites. None of these recipes requires a degree in culinary arts, but when you serve them people may think you have one. Pick up Mac Cheese Cookbook today to add to you most reached for cookbook shelf. I wonder what these ladies will tackle next. If it is as well done at this one I can guarantee it will be on my personal I want list.

  27. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Fantastic! Ah! Mac 'n Cheese! The very words conjure up for North Americans of all ages security and warm memories. The comfort food of generations, Mac n' Cheese is a symbol of our childhood, our college years, our camping trips, endless summers and cosy winter evenings. It can be a mother's quick answer to the hungry hoards, a singleton's food grab en route to other occasions. It's food that we treasure. Be it a celebration or a a pick-me-up, mac 'n cheese sustains us on all occasions. As Erin Fantastic! Ah! Mac 'n Cheese! The very words conjure up for North Americans of all ages security and warm memories. The comfort food of generations, Mac n' Cheese is a symbol of our childhood, our college years, our camping trips, endless summers and cosy winter evenings. It can be a mother's quick answer to the hungry hoards, a singleton's food grab en route to other occasions. It's food that we treasure. Be it a celebration or a a pick-me-up, mac 'n cheese sustains us on all occasions. As Erin and Alison, restaurant owners and authors of this gem of a cookbook say in the forward, 'people of all ages and backgrounds have deep connections to our food.' This is a treasure of a cookbook with amazing recipes, tried and true from the Homewood Restaurant in Oakland, California. The subtitle may read 50 Simple Recipes, however these 'simple' offerings cover an amazing array of variations on the theme. Right from the forward I was interested (well actually from the title I was a fan) and then from the basic cheese sauce recipe, the types of cheeses to use, to the add-in ingredients, I was hooked. From Jalapeño Popper Mac to Smoky Bacon to International variations on the theme these recipes are all winners to savour and enjoy. The recipe are clearly set out and easily followed, each suggesting the type of cheese to be used. This is serious business, the cheese selection that is best for the recipe. No just using Monterey Jack! Cheese type is pivotal! The 'pièce de résistance' is the suggested wine and beer pairings.These add gravitas to an already superlative offering. A cookbook well worth adding to your shelf. I'm ecstatic that its been added to mine! A NetGalley ARC

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    Delicious.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Robert Wright

    A cookbook about Mac 'n' Cheese is easy to like. Books that are based off of one "hot" restaurant or chef much less so. Arevalo avoids that pitfall. This never feels like a book-length advertisement for her restaurant, though I certainly would want to go there based on this book. (If that makes sense.) The book features many appealing variations, and presents most recipes in creamy vs. baked options, for those that have definite opinions about that debate. They manage to incorporate a section of n A cookbook about Mac 'n' Cheese is easy to like. Books that are based off of one "hot" restaurant or chef much less so. Arevalo avoids that pitfall. This never feels like a book-length advertisement for her restaurant, though I certainly would want to go there based on this book. (If that makes sense.) The book features many appealing variations, and presents most recipes in creamy vs. baked options, for those that have definite opinions about that debate. They manage to incorporate a section of non-Mac 'n' Cheese desserts. Normally these might feel out of place, but with the emphasis on comfort and hominess, they seemed a natural conclusion. Few single-topic cookbooks hold my interest throughout and tempt me with just about every variation. This one manages to do just that. And the few exceptions have more to do with my personal taste in ingredients. (I don't like "tangy" cheeses—feta, gorgonzola, bleu, etc.) I really liked this book and can't wait to try out more recipes.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    ARC received from NetGalley. This cookbook is dedicated solely to Mac & Cheese. Mac & Cheese is the ultimate American staple for children who are finicky eaters. This book takes the staple we all know and love and elevates it. Most of the recipes sound like something I would make, but I was disappointed by the lack of Mac & Cheese pictures. The blue pictures are entertaining, but do not offer anything to the reader. The pictures that are included should be labeled in some way, because when readin ARC received from NetGalley. This cookbook is dedicated solely to Mac & Cheese. Mac & Cheese is the ultimate American staple for children who are finicky eaters. This book takes the staple we all know and love and elevates it. Most of the recipes sound like something I would make, but I was disappointed by the lack of Mac & Cheese pictures. The blue pictures are entertaining, but do not offer anything to the reader. The pictures that are included should be labeled in some way, because when reading it on a e-reader the pictures are not easily corresponded to the recipe. Are the pictures for the previous recipe or are they for the next recipe? Some of them are easy to tell, others not so much. I am interested in checking this book out in hardcover so I can actually take a good long look at the pictures that are included in the book.

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