MeltThe Art of Macaroni and Cheese

A cookbook that reinvents the American classic, macaroni and cheese, with gourmet ingredients, handcrafted artisan cheeses, and unique flavor combinations.

MELT: THE ART OF MACARONI AND CHEESE is the first book to marry the American standard, macaroni and cheese, with handcrafted artisan cheeses and a wide array of pastas, producing dishes that are both classic and chic. Home cooks of all levels will be encouraged to incorporate fresh, simple ingredients into the everyday comfort food they know and love. Featuring such unexpected and delicious combinations as Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar with Avocado, Lime, and Shell Pasta; Drunken Goat, Fennel, Edamame, Mint, and Rotini; and Pumpkin Stuffed with Fontina, Italian Sausage, and Macaroni, MELT takes mac and cheese out of the box and elevates it to a level that will delight even the most sophisticated palates.


With gorgeous color photography throughout, Melt is a compendium of inventive recipes that will add a fresh twist to the family dinner or play a starring role at your next dinner party.

Stephanie Stiavetti is a writer, recipe developer, and culinary media maven residing in San Francisco, California. Her work has been featured on NPR, The Huffington Post, KQED, Culinate, and Serious Eats. You can find her online at


Garrett McCord is a freelance food writer, writing teacher, and recipe developer. He has written for Gourmet Live, The Huffington Post, Epicurious, Cheese Connoisseur, and many other online and print publications. You can find him at He lives in Sacramento, California, with his husband, Brian; their two needy cats; and a Corgi named Jack.

“Ah, what a book! It combines the glories of pasta with the scrumptiousness of cheese in such delicious ways.  This book taught me about Yodeling Goat cheese and how to experience it. I learned about chocolate pasta and how topair it with a cheese whose name sounds like a French superhero. With terrific recipes for sweet and savory dishes, this book is anything but ordinary! A must have.”

 Monica Bhide, author of Modern Spice.


“Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord have created magic with this book, taking the beloved American classic, mac ‘n cheese, into an exploration of regional and global flavors. From comforting Chili-Mac with Redwood Hill Smoked Goat Cheddar to a more exotic Paneer Korma with Idiyappam Noodles, there’s a favorite in Melt for everyone of all ages. The book is much more than a collection of recipes–you’ll also learn why Swiss cheese has holes and if blue cheese is gluten free!”

Jaden Hair, founder of Steamy Kitchen.

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