I like a good old fashioned grilled cheese sandwich just as much as the next guy, but I always thought there were way too many varieties of cheese to settle for the basic American and cheddar we use for the basic sandwich. So, I was thrilled to find a ton of options for jazzing up the old staple with the recipes in Grilled Cheese Kitchen by Heidi Gibson.

About Grilled Cheese Kitchen by Heidi Gibson:

“Melted cheese between slices of toasted bread—the ultimate in comfort food. This mouthwatering cookbook features 39 grilled cheese recipes created by Heidi Gibson, winner of seven grilled cheese championships and the co-owner (with husband Nate) of the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco. The classic Mousetrap is dripping with three kinds of cheese. The Piglet wows with its thinly sliced ham and sharp cheddar. And grilled cheese makes a great breakfast—just add an egg! With 40 additional recipes for great accompaniments and side dishes—including hearty soups, many varieties of mac & cheese, spicy pickles, and tangy spreads—plus tips on choosing the best bread and cheese and techniques for grilling each sandwich at just the right temperature, anyone can create the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.”

I like to experiment when I cook but often get nervous about trying something different (like swapping out a tried and true cheese for a new kind) so I like book like this that give you options, inspiration and ultimately permission to try something new.

Grilled Cheese Kitchen by Heidi Gibson is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.