Tired of the same ole ham and cheese or tuna sandwich?  Midtown Review is here for you.  Regular contributor Ana Raquel is back with a cookbook review that will have you rethinking the sandwich.  And will leave you really hungry.  Just sayin’.

As the proud owner of a culinary library with over 6,000 cookbooks, I can honestly say that I never get tired of food or books about food.  So of course it was a delight to get my hands on the newly released cookbook, 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis. I had the opportunity to interview Alison by phone before receiving the book in the mail, and fully enjoyed our conversation as foodies. Alison has worked developing recipes for over 17 years and it shows. We both love cookbooks and got to share some of our favorite ones! And speaking of favorite cookbooks, 400 Best Sandwich Recipes, takes the title in the sandwich category for me. It is like an encyclopedia of sandwiches, all in one volume!

Reading this book, took me on a journey of interesting blends of flavors combined into a favorite comfort food style, the sandwich! Recipes include sandwiches for breakfast, appetizers, lunch, burgers and even desserts. After savoring in my mind so many of the recipes, I chose to try the Tomato Tea Sandwich with Arugula and Basil, which Alison suggests is a great spring and summer appetizer.  I thought my daughter, who loves basil, would love to try them at our mother/daughter picnic. They were so refreshing and so simple, that I am planning to serve them again at a lunch that I’ll be having with another author at a farm.  (That’s a story for another day!)

For those of us who are super busy but still love to add variety to our daily menus 400 Best Sandwich Recipes is the way to go.

Some of the recipes that caught my attention were:

  • Blueberry Bread Sandwich
  • Hazelnut and Banana Panini, which uses my favorite spread, Nutella
  • Mascarpone and Brie-Stuffed Raisin Bread
  • Black Forest Ham and Havarti with Chutney
  • Shooter’s Sandwich
  • Smoked Trout Wraps
  • Grilled Ham, Goat Cheese and Figs
  • Almond Butter, Honey and Banana Chips Wraps

Yum, right?  I’ll stop there… but believe me, I could keep going.

Of course, as with any cookbook, it’s always fun to add your own spin.  In order to add my Puerto Rican touch, I served the sandwiches with plantain chips and I must say it was a great combination!

¡Buen Provecho!

– Ana Raquel, Regular Contributor