The Mac + Cheese Cookbook
50 Simple Recipes from Homeroom, America's Favorite Mac and Cheese Restaurant
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
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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 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
ALLISON AREVALO started cooking pretty much when she was able to stand. Born into a food-loving Italian family in New York, she helped her great-grandmother cook massive meals for Sunday family dinners and learned the basics of cooking in that kitchen. Allison pursued a career as a marketing exec in NYC before deciding to follow her true passion in life: food. In 2008, Allison and her husband took a leap of faith: they quit their jobs and drove across the country to Oakland, CA, in hopes of one day opening a restaurant. Allison freelanced as a food writer and created the Local Lemons food blog, which showcased her original recipes. It received high accolades from Saveur.com, CNN, Serious Eats, and WSJ.com, among others. Her dream came true in 2010, the year she and Erin opened the doors to Homeroom.
ERIN WADE is a chef-turned-attorney-turned-chef-again. Erin’s love for cooking was sparked by her father’s homemade mac and cheese and her mother’s vast cookbook collection. While receiving her undergraduate degree at Princeton, Erin was a restaurant critic for the Daily Princetonian and apprenticed at night in the kitchen of a local French restaurant. Upon graduating, Erin worked as a line cook and in pastry at restaurants in New York before attending law school at Berkeley. After practicing law for a year, Erin came to her senses and decided to return to her love of cooking by opening Homeroom with Allison. She lives in Oakland with her husband, Uri, and her daughter, Ellie—her favorite cooking partners.
‘‘Anyone who paves the way for me to have mac + cheese for breakfast understands my heart’s desires. Allison and Erin really know their way around a creamy sauce and amazing cheese combinations. These recipes are fun and majorly comforting—I’m so excited to add this book to my cookbook family.’’
-Joy Wilson, author of Joy the Baker Cookbook
‘‘I remember when Allison and Erin first came to me to ask for advice on opening their own restaurant. I knew they had what it takes: intelligence, natural grace, and sincere hospitality. The beauty of their food is the unexpected mac and cheese flavors that pop every time. They provide you with plenty of comfort at Homeroom, and now, their cookbook provides you with the ultimate comfort food!’’”
-Tanya Holland, chef/owner, Brown Sugar Kitchen