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Quick and Easy Panini Press Cookbook

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Oh wow, this book made me so hungry! Full disclosure, I don't actually have a panini press (yet!) but I love paninis and this book was so inspiring. So many great and creative ideas for things to make! The ingredients all seem very accessible, which is something I always appreciate in a cookbook. There are also tips for increasing flavor and storing ingredients. 

I can't wait to get my own panini press and start making these recipes!
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I mean who doesn’t love a panini? I’m sure some people but they would be wrong. This was a terrific book on so many different panini ideas.
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I accessed a digital review copy of this book from the publisher.
The book includes a variety of recipes with easy-to-follow instructions. For the more non-traditional ingredients, it discusses which types of presses can and can not handle them.
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*received for free from netgalley for honest review* This had a lot of really great panini press recipes! i would buy this for sure!
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Some good suggestions in this cookbook along with some classics with a twist. Good images and the ingredients used are all accessible.  Look forward to trying more of these suggestions.
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Some great ideas for panini and toasted sandwiches. The book also has many useful tips that will help to encourage flavour. Things like roasting tomatoes to improve the flavour, whereas before I just roasted them but this goes one step further and explains the how and the storage to maintain the flavour. There are so many useful bits of information throughout. The idea of ice cream cones and desserts was just out of this world as an idea that was not in my realm of cooking until this book. My children love ranch toast but as it is usually fried I try to discourage them from having it too often but by using th sandwich making they are getting the goodness of the eggy mix without the frying.
Great bok
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Anyone who has a Panini press most likely wants new ideas for Panini sandwiches, as well as new information on how to use their press to its fullest extent. Quick and Easy Panini Press Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Delicious Results with any Brand of Panini Makers is a cookbook that will make your Panini press your favorite and much used small appliance. This excellent cookbook shows how versatile a Panini press can be; it isn’t just for sandwiches, and can be used for other purposes such as grilling all kinds of poultry, meats, and seafood, quesadillas, and tostadas, as well as homemade ice cream cones and grilled angel food cake. The comments at the beginning of each recipe are both interesting and helpful.

Strahs has a good imagination and has filled this cookbook with dozens of mouthwatering Panini sandwiches. She has also presented recipes for appealing grilled dishes. The recipes are written in the traditional manner with the ingredients listed first, followed by step-by-step instructions to insure picture perfect results. This cookbook is suitable for both beginning and advanced cooks; most of the recipes are easy and straightforward. 

This cookbook also includes beautiful professional photographs of many of the recipes; the only downside of this book is that all of the recipes aren’t pictured. However it is still an excellent cookbook and will be much used by anyone who utilizes Strahs’ recipes and methods of using their Panini press. 

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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You know what? I have never eaten a panini. I'm a finicky eater and most of my food choices are limited. After reading QUICK AND EASY PANINI PRESS COOKBOOK, I'm going to start making my own. Even with my picky tastes, Kathy Strahs had my mouth watering. Panini fan or not, you have to check out this cookbook.
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Several delicious panini recipes that I look forward to trying. Doubtful I’ll be able to obtain some of the ingredients from supermarkets in my country. 
Interesting information regarding the use of panini machine, bread, ingredients ,etc, at the beginning of the book. 
Nice looking photos to stimulate the tastebuds.
Gave me ideas for meals I would never have thought about cooking in a panini machine.
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The a great variety of squashy, toasted sandwiches can be made with this book - of course panini is Italian for sandwich - squashys are what my kids call  presses grilled cooking. A quick, easy and nourishes lunch or anytime meal.  The book opens with an explanation of what type of presses that are available, the extra tools that may come in handy, and the care of this machine.
Following are many different recipes and ways of using the press, even in making an ice cream cone.  All the recipes are easy to follow, and the photos are really yummy. A great book to have for all sorts of interesting meals. Thanks you NetGalley and the publishers for the DRC
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Alas, this cookbook was erased from my NetGalley Ap while I was still reading through it.

Fortunately, I managed to learn a lot about making a BETTER panini from those first chapters:  use hardier breads:  basic white sandwich bread will flatten in the press, and wet ingredients will make it a soggy mess after a while.

From the few chapters that I was able to view, I would still recommend this cookbook.  I just wish I could have finished reading it so that I could tell you about some of the recipes you might find there - from my recollection, some of them looked quite appetizing.

I'm rating this one a 3.5  out of 5 because what I remembered of this book was very promising.  The one and a half star deduction is for the lack of a Kindle or PDF option.  My thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for the very limited opportunity and time to read and  review an ARC of this cookbook.
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This has some great ideas for panini fillings along with some bold suggestions that I’m not sure every panini press would survive (not mine anyway), like a carrot cake or an ice cream cone. The filling combinations were pretty inspiring and it has inspired me to be a little more adventurous at lunch time.

With thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.
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I received a panini maker for my bridal shower and while it seemed great in theory once I actually got it I realized I only knew how to make a grilled cheese. This book is a life saver! I had no idea how many things from poultry to red meats to tortilla chips and ice cream could be made in my panini press. It has given me so many great ideas for quick dinners or easy food to make when hosting. 
The instructions are easy to understand and follow. I appreciated that they started the book with a general overview on how to use the press in the beginning and that their were measurements in the final index.
Only true criticism is that I thought some of the photos placements could have been better chosen. There were some items I felt like pictures could really aid in visualizing the final product where as others that made the book - such as plain bacon on a grill- just took of space that could’ve been better utilized.
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'Panini' was what captured my attention, but this book opened my eyes to the possibilities of the unassuming little piece of kitchen equipment that is the panini press. Containing advice about all the different types of press/grill on the market, as well as what you can and can't safely do with each, this would be a good resource for someone wanting to buy or replace an appliance. Then the recipes... Well, they all sound amazing, but let's be real - butter and cheese will make anything taste delicious!

My own press is not the type that can safely grill foods other than sandwiches, so I was mostly focused on the panini recipes, but I was constantly surprised by the other types of foods the author was pressing between the plates; spatchcock, steak, bacon, jalapeno poppers, ice cream cone (just the cone, not the ice cream!), layer cakes... There's bound to be something for everyone here.

The photography is very appealing, but it's also the reason I didn't rate the book higher. I found it to be inconsistent. Maybe that was because I was reading an advance copy? Some sections had a photograph for every recipe, and other sections were comparatively sparsely illustrated. As a cookbook collector who reads them for the visuals, this was off-putting for me.

Overall, this is a good book for an aspiring panini press (or grill) cook, and it's done its job for me in making me consider whether I need to upgrade my appliance.
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Years ago, I tried to prop open my work's sandwich press with a candy cane that happened to be nearby. Surprising me, but no-one else, it melted. I then stumbled across a blog where they made and reviewed silly toasties. I went looking for it and it is still up (not active since 2015) and I fell down a rabbit hole reading all the posts! She toasts all sort of silly things - coco-pops and fairy floss and sushi. Every workplace I've been in, including my current one has had a sandwich press, and I find it useful. We have the sort that goes for 20$ at K-Mart, but it does the job nicely.

When the pandemic hit Leon and I discussed buying a sandwich press, but decided not to, because we like to keep our single use appliances to a minimum. We also knew that if we bought one, we would get a fancy one. Later in the lock-downs we were operating under a weird sunk cost fallacy - "we've come this far,  why would we buy one now."

All this history leads to me request a book of sandwich press recipes from NetGalley. This is a serious book. It starts with safety and cleaning and then  goes on to a huge variety of things that can be cooked on the sandwich press, not just the delicious looking grilled cheese from the cover.  As well as a broad and innovative range of sandwiches and sandwich like recipes, it includes ways to make ice-cream cones, vegetables and soup.  The recipes are interesting, innovative and look delicious.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has a panini press and wants to get the most out of it. This book has even tempted me into considering buying one again. If i had more cupboard space, I would definitly do so. 

Thanks to NetGalley for the e_arc in exchange for the review.
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I learned that I am under using my panini press. I honestly only make panini's on it. I had no idea I could cook bacon on it or even make home made ice cream cones. And the caramel apple-stuffed french toast...*drools*!

I wish there was a picture with every single recipe though. My imagination probably wasn't doing them justice.

***Advanced copy obtained from Quarto Publishing Group/Harvard Common Press via Netgalley***
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Even if you put your panini press/grill-griddle to fairly regular use there are recipes here that  whisper “Try This!”  and a lot of them are happily simple such as:
		Chicken Cordon Bleu Panini
		Pepperoni Pizza Panini
		Grilled Salmon Packets
		Grilled Cheese Croutons

  But first read what Stahls has to say about basics. She has good information about the appliance, its use, and handy tools. And the conversion chart in the back for measurements and temperature. In between are recipes for both panini and grilled dishes. There are also a few sauces and marinades. It’s a good range of effort needed, time required and budget.   A good book for anyone with a panini press and curiosity.
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Kathy Strahs has opened my eyes to the versatility of my panini press.  I only used it for lunch meat sandwiches.  Luckily my panini press had all the features mentioned so I have been putting it to excellent use testing out the recipes.  I plan on making the game hens this weekend.  Using the press to grill meat and veggies has quickly become a favorite.  No heating up the kitchen using my oven or waiting while it preheats.  Full of great recipes and tips this is a great book for anyone with a panini press.  If you are thinking of buying a panini press pick up this book too!
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After a comprehensive introduction to Panini presses in chapter 1, Strahs has so many recipes that would be a great weeknight meal as most if not all of them are quick and easy and require very little work, but BIG taste and BIG flavor  and flexibility.
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There are some fabulous recipes in this cookbook.  I have at least half of them bookmarked to make at a later date.  This book not only includes yummy recipes with appealing pictures and easily accessed ingredients, it also provides helpful information on getting the most out of a panini maker.  This cookbook would be helpful for not only someone new to paninis but also a cook who has been making them for a while.  It's definitely a winner.

Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC.  I voluntarily chose to review it and the opinions contained within are my own.
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