Thursday, December 14, 2017
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How to fix vegetables, mac and cheese and panini sandwiches

.TITLE: The Glorious Vegetables of Italy by Domenica Marchetti (Chronical Books, $30, 271 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: Sometimes when you think of vegetables, you think of sides. One might think the recipes are all for side dishes, but there are a few entree recipes too.

FOR: Vegetarians and everybody who likes vegetables.

NEED TO MENTION: Some of these ingredients may not be in your pantry or fridge. You may need to make a trip to a specialty store for ingredients like zucchini blossoms, semolina flour, scamorza, cardoon and other items. Some of the recipes are a bit intimidating, so start with the easier, less involved dishes so you aren't overwhelmed.

RECIPES: Zuppa di farro alla Garfagnana, minestrone verde, potato croquettes, chickpea salad with red onions and lemon zest, sweet-and-sour eggplant salad, warm citrus-scented olives with ricotta salata, winter cauliflower salad, capricci with slow-roasted cherry tomatoes and cream, vegetable lasagna, summer risotto with zucchini blossoms, cherry tomato and onion focaccia, honey-balsamic roasted carrots, pizza bianca with roasted fennel and escarole all'antica.

.TITLE: The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook by Kathy Strahs (Harvard Common Press, $19.95, 342 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: If you've always wanted a panini press but weren't quite sure what to make with it, this cookbook will ease your worries. One look at this cookbook may even inspire you to invest in a panini press. The photos are that mouth-watering and the recipes that enticing. The range of recipes is extensive, from a typical sandwich to putting a spatchcocked game hen on a panini.

FOR: Anyone can enjoy this cookbook. You don't need a panini press. Any countertop grill will work.

RECIPES: Kale, grill roasted garlic and cheddar panini, grilled eggplant parmigiana panini, grilled peach salad with toasted pecans, blue cheese and honey balsamic syrup, grilled cheese panzanella salad, pimiento cheese panini, meatloaf melt panini, cheesesteak panini, citrus-marinated grilled chicken, grilled duck breast and grilled herb vegetables.

.TITLE: The Mac + Cheese Cookbook: 50 Simple Recipes from Homeroom, America's Favorite Mac and Cheese Restaurant by Allison Arevalo and Erin Wade (Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 128 pages)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: The Mac + Cheese Cookbook takes this quintessential comfort food to a whole new level. Authors Arevalo and Wade have developed combinations you may have never known were possible. For even more fun, because mac and cheese is just fun and always puts a smile on your face, there are wine and beer pairings for each type. Mac and cheese grows up.

FOR: Mac and cheese lovers, but there are also non-mac and cheese side and dessert recipes. For diehard mac and cheeser's there is even a breakfast mac.

RECIPES: Trailer mac, Vermont white cheddar mac, smoky bacon mac, Mexican mac, Sriracha mac, croque-madame mac, pesto mac, Brussels sprouts with bacon and apple cider vinaigrette, minty, buttery peas, grasshopper pie with homemade chocolate sauce, and mac and blue.

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