The Slider Effect Cookbook Review

The Slider Effect Cookbook Review

Title: The Slider Effect: You Can't Eat Just One!
Author: Jonathan Melendez
Published: 2016, Andrews McMeel Publishing
No. of Pages: 184
Cover Price: $19.99 Hardcover, $9.99 Kindle

In his cookbook, The Slider Effect, Jonathan Melendez points out the fact that everybody not only loves sliders, but that it’s impossible to eat just one. Sliders are served everywhere – restaurants often offer the standard cheeseburger sliders (and one of the major airlines offers roast beef sliders on their Eats menu) – but the number of sliders you can make at home beats anything served in a restaurant or on an airplane. That’s where this book comes into play. According to Melendez, almost anything can be put on a slider: chicken curry, fried chicken, lamb patties, blackened salmon, bacon and eggs, fried zucchini – the possibilities are endless! There are also recipes for sauces and toppings to spread on the sliders.

This is one of those cookbooks that doesn’t teach basics, but is really fun and will inspire even the most mundane, boring cooks to branch out and make something exciting. There is even a chapter on making slider-size buns, biscuits, bagels, and waffles to house the incredible fillings. The only thing that was disappointing to me was the fact that the recipe for pretzel slider rolls uses a baking soda mixture rather than the authentic food-grade lye mixture, and the rolls are not at all like real pretzel rolls. The other breads are exceptional and, since I adapted them so that the dough can be made in my automatic bread machine, very easy and cook-friendly.

The Slider Effect is a new favorite. I recommend that everyone who wants to grill vegetables, burgers, chicken, or fish, as well as fry vegetables, burgers, chicken or fish, pick up a copy and wear it out. Whether you’re serving sliders for dinner, or serving them for a party, the miniature size makes it possible for each person to sample multiple flavors, and will leave them very happy.

The prose exposes the author’s personality, and he is delightful. His stories make him human. This is a fun book to read, peruse, and cook from.

Today I’m making Melendez’ Sweet Hawaiian rolls to be filled with Orange Chicken; tomorrow, well, who knows! My family is loving tasting the innovative and delicious offerings from this book, and it isn’t likely anyone will get tired of sliders anytime soon, since there is such a variety.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying an advanced review copy of this cookbook.

This book may be purchased at Amazon:
The Slider Effect: You Can't Eat Just One!, Hardcover
The Slider Effect: You Can't Eat Just One!, Kindle

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