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Great Book of Grilled Cheese

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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Great Book of Grilled Cheese is a recipe book jam packed with different ideas on the famous and popular grilled cheese sandwich. I love grilled cheese and this book has given me so many great recipe ideas and ingredient combinations I never would have considered putting together for a grilled cheese sandwich before reading this! The recipes are accompanied by colour photos which is always a box tick for me with cook books. But this book isn't just recipes for sandwiches it covers many different dishes such as soup, sides, sauces and even desserts! That's right - desserts!! There is no nutritional information for these recipes so if your wanting a book or recipes that include that or are on a diet etc then this book isn't the one for you.
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One of my favorite foods has a cookbook! What's not to love. So many recipes, so little time. Seriously, the possibilities are endless. Excuse me, I have to go cook up a sandwich now.
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This is a great book for cheese lovers. Grilled cheese is a classic comfort food and this cookbook elevates it to new heights with innovative twists and delicious recipes.
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Fans of grilled cheese sandwiches are sure to find some interesting recipes in the Great Book of Grilled Cheese. The author has really given us some fantastic ideas from a wealth of different chefs. I love so many of the combinations and I am excited to give quite a few of them a try.

A nice addition to the book are the recipes for side dishes and even some dessert recipes. While the book might not have the most nutritious combinations for your plate, they are definitely ones that will deliver on taste. The layout and instructions are also was to follow, which makes this a great gift for any fan of grilled cheese in your life.
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Who doesn’t love grilled cheese?!? If you don’t, I’m sorry, but I’m not sure we can be friends. (Kidding!)

So technically a lot of these sandwiches could be considered “melts” since there’s additional ingredients included with the traditional cheese, bread, and spread of a grilled cheese, but I’m not that pedantic, especially when there’s melty cheese and toasted bread to be eaten. There’s a lot of delicious choices in this book, and not only the sandwiches. There are sides, soups, sauces, and desserts, as well. I’m dying to try the crab rangoon and the rooster and honey sandwiches, among so many others.

There’s a lot of gorgeous photos, which I appreciate in a cookbook, although there’s no nutritional information, but let’s be honest… it might be nice to have, but this is grilled cheese we’re talking about here. You’re not really thinking about nutritional info, right?

I’m so grateful to NetGalley and Fox Chapel Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review The Great Book of Grilled Cheese.
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Lots of great photos, and so,e yummy looking recipes, but most seemed over the top and too much work - may be more for those who enjoy gourmet cooking .
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TITLE:  Fun sandwiches--with a slice of cheese, and down-home, diner sides

Add a few slices of cheese to any sandwich, melt them, maybe toast the bread, and call it a grilled cheese…… So, maybe calling all these creations “grilled cheese” stretches things a bit far. But the book is fun, and creative, and inspiring! So, give it four stars for that aspect, but keep in mind this is not a serious book about grilled cheese sandwiches.

Grilled cheese cookbook is affiliated with the All So Yummy café in a strip mall in Knoxville, TN. The book definitely has a down home feel and if you don’t want to hear about the café, and just want grilled cheese recipes, well, you need to look for another book, because this book won’t give you exactly what you are looking for. As there are only 47 grilled cheese sandwich recipes included here. And, to my way of thinking, not all the sandwiches are true “grilled cheese” sandwiches.

For instance the Meatloaf melt grilled cheese is a meatloaf sandwich with melted cheese and pickled red onions. And there is an egg sandwich with cheese, and sausage gravy. How about a regular grilled cheese sandwich cut into small squares and floated on a bowl of tomato soup? That is the Marinara Grilled Cheese Float.

In addition there are 22 salads, 5 simple soups, 17 other recipes, 22 sauces/fillings, and 9 desserts with 4 frostings. A good amount of these recipes are concoctions you’re capable of dreaming up on you own, or tried-and-true-long-time-faves, or available on the internet. But if you are a fan of this café, having these all in one place is a good thing.

All the desserts are familiar: Carrot Cake, Bread Pudding, Shaum Torte, Texas Sheet Cake, Pumpkin Bread, etc. The Pistachio Salad is more of a dessert than a salad, with Pistachio pudding mix, Cool Whip, marshmallows, pineapple and coconut.

A lot of the sides are familiar, too: Granny’s Potato Salad is very basic and made with Miracle Whip “or similar”.

So, if you are looking for true grilled cheese sandwich recipes, you might want to pass this by. If you are looking for creative, fun and unusual sandwich recipes--with melted cheese included somewhere in the mix--look no further!
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Is there much better than cheese that’s been toasted to the extent that its salty goodness melts in your mouth? Nope, not much. So imagine my delight in seeing an entire book about grilled cheese sandwiches followed by my utter disappointment that these sandwiches are essentially meat melts. Almost every sandwich is over-the-top and their ingredients made my arteries clog via reading osmosis. A hard (by)pass.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This book provided a great variety of grilled cheese recipes. There are many I will be trying, and I’d recommend this book to anyone looking to try a spin on a classic.
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If you like grilled cheese, this is the book for you! Over 100 mouth watering, creative recipes that are a must try for the grilled cheese lover, that covers just about everybody!!
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I received this from Netgalley.com.

Great ideas for all kinds sandwiches and sides with beautiful bright pictures and good easy to understand recipe instructions.

4.25☆
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I have a confession to make. I don't like grilled cheese sandwiches. Let me clarify. I don't like grilled cheese sandwiches in the way that the Americans have grilled cheese. I find the bread too greasy. That said I was curious how a whole cook book could be devoted to the one item. 
Colour me impressed. 
First off this is a gorgeous cookbook to look at. The photos are enough alone to tempt me into eating a grilled cheese sandwich, But it's not just sandwiches, there's sides and soups and even desserts. I tried several, although I adapted the recipe to avoid frying the bread, piling the filling on thick cut toast or grilled ciabatta. There were many more I'd like to try (although I draw the line at spaghetti in a sandwich - yes I understand the double standard when I will happily stuff chips (fries) between two slices of bread).
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Thank you to NetGalley and Fox Chapel for the chance to read an early copy of this book!

Honestly, five stars for the entertainment value alone--when you open the book and the first recipe is for Crab Rangoon Grilled Cheese, you know you're in for a wild ride. We've got grilled cheese + spaghetti with meat sauce, grilled cheese with barbecue pulled pork, grilled cheese with cheese-crusted bread, and grilled cheese with 5 different kinds of cheese, just to name a few. There's also inventive versions of grilled cheese like chicken and waffles, glazed donut, and even chocolate chip cookie dough! The food is so over the top and indulgent that I was honestly shocked to see a few green salads suggested as side dishes. I had a blast reading this cookbook--even if I may never make a recipe straight out of the book, it's a good reminder that pretty much anything delicious can be made more delicious with crispy bread and melted cheese.
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Great Book of Grilled Cheese is such a fun and useful collection of coordinating recipes for almost everyone's favorite comfort food written and curated by Kim Wilcox. Released 27th July 2021 by Fox Chapel, it's 160 pages and is available in paperback and ebook formats. 

This is an upbeat, well written, and beautifully presented cookbook full of very yummy recipes. The introduction includes a capsule history of the iconic grilled cheese sandwich as well as overviews over tools, supplies, and ingredients. 

The recipe chapters are arranged thematically: best of the best, gourmet/fancy, vegetarian, regional variants, collaborative efforts with other chefs, and desserts. Ingredient measurements are supplied in American standard measurements only.  The nutritional information is not included.  Each recipe includes a header with a short description of the recipe and approximate servings. Extra tips or recipe alternatives are listed in text boxes in the recipes. The recipes themselves are fairly straightforward and are made for the most part with easily sourced ingredients. Many are very simple, none of them are overly complex. The photography is abundant and clear and the recipes are illustrated simply and clearly. Nearly all of the recipes also include a highlighted text box offering tips and alternative presentations and variations.

Grilled cheese and "everyday" food are perennial favorites in my family and this book has enough good tips and variations that it'll keep comfort food fans busy for months. One of the standout recipes for us was the Asian slaw with fried wontons. It was absolutely bursting with flavor and crunch and is a huge hit with us now (with everything, not just grilled cheese).

Four and a half stars. This is a solid cookbook which will be used. It would make a superlative housewarming gift to a friend or family member living on their own - college student, new graduate, newlyweds, kids flying the nest, etc as well as a nice acquisition for the home, public, or school library.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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I absolutely promise the "Great Book of Grilled Cheese" by Kim Wilcox will make you hungry just reading it.  Sorry if that sounds a bit cheesy!  (Wink!!) 


This book is not just about sandwiches. It's about family fun night with everyone gathered in the kitchen laughing and cooking recipes together.  Yes, there are incredible unique grilled cheese recipes, but it's so much more!  Wilcox shares her fabulous soups, salads, sauces, and side dish recipes.  In fact, there are over a hundred mouth-watering recipes in this book.  The photographs are stunning and the recipes are easy to follow.  I can't wait to buy this book to share with my family/friends.  It's pure cheesy mmm mmm goodness! 


The author, Kim Wilcox is from Knoxville, Tennessee.  She owns the "All So Yummy Cafe".  Kim's cooking has been featured on "Food Network and the Cooking Channel"  "Great Book of Grilled Cheese* will be published February 16, 2022.

Thank you NetGalley and Fox Chapel Publishing for letting me review this delightful cookbook.
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I love grilled cheese and I have enjoyed trying out these recipes. Delicious and easy to follow recipes!
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I love a good traditional grilled cheese and have always thought my mom made the best (and I still do), but these non-traditional grilled cheese options look amazing and I will definitely be making some!
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It’s amazing what an imagination can do, and Kim Wilcox has used hers well to create an excellent cookbook on grilled cheese, Great Book of Grilled Cheese: 100+ Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food, Soups, Salads, and Sides Cookbook - Delicious Sandwiches, Toasties, and More with Simple Ingredients. Grilled cheese is a universal comfort food, and almost everyone makes them when time is short. But Wilcox takes the lowly grilled cheese to amazing heights, and transforms grilled cheese sandwiches into mouthwatering delights that will appeal to everyone. Also included in this fun cookbook are sides, such as soups, salads, toppings, condiments, and even desserts (there is even a Chocolate chip Cookie Dough grilled cheese made with chocolate chip brioche and cream cheese- Yum!)

Most of the recipes have minimal ingredients, and are easy-to-follow. These recipes can be made by chefs with skills ranging from beginning to advanced, and the beautiful photographs will tempt everyone to make grilled cheese much more often than usual. One of the best parts is the prose which is well-written and covers the history of grilled cheese (who ever thought about its origins – it’s seems to have always been there), as well as basics and cooking equipment and utensils needed to make the best grilled cheese ever. 

Many of the recipes include meats and condiments, and the author has included several ways to make the outside crisp, cheesy, or crunchy. This is one of those cookbooks that is going to be used often and belongs on the cookbook shelf of every home. Even food snobs and gourmands will enjoy this book (although they may not admit it). Grilled cheese is a universal American iconic food and this cookbook will help to expand the ways all of us eat it. Fun! Fun! Fun!

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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Grilled cheese is a favorite, quick and easy meal. When I saw the Great Book of Grilled Cheese: 100+ Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food, Soups, Salads, and Sides by Kim Wilcox on netgalley, I immediately requested it. 

Warning: Don’t read this book on an empty stomach! If the recipes don’t get get your stomach grumbling, the photos definitely will. Though it’s touted as a grilled cheese cookbook, there are many recipes for other dishes. Of the 8 I marked to try, only one is for anything remotely considered grilled cheese. In addition to recipes featured at Wilcox’s family restaurant (All So Yummy in Knoxville, TN), there are several from celebrity tv chefs. Look for this one soon, as the publication date is December 1, 2021. 

3.5 ⭐️ for yummy recipes
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Perfect guide to grilled cheese sandwiches. The author owns It's All So Yummy in Knoxville, TN. After a chapter on history and tools come the recipes. The Table of Contents lists all the recipes, with icons indicating sandwiches, sides, sauces/fillings/adaptable extras, and desserts. The recipe chapters are Best of the Best (favorites from the restaurant), Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Vegetarian Options, Local/Regional Flavors, All My Chef Friends, and Family Desserts (baked goods, not grilled cheese).
I like that each grilled cheese recipe includes a side to go along with it. I love how many photos there are of all the sandwiches, sides, and extras.
This is a great book for anyone who loves grilled cheese and is looking for new ideas.
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