Get Ready For…The Panini Happy Cookbook!

by on May 14, 2012

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To everyone who has ever asked me, “When are you ever gonna do a cookbook?” I’m excited to finally answer…SOON! My first cookbook, based on Panini Happy, will be published by the Harvard Common Press next year and I can hardly wait.

It has been a true labor of love over the past year, working out a slew of never-before-seen recipes (oooh, the anticipation!). Of course, you’ll recognize a lot of familiar favorites in the book as well. You can often find my laptop and me at “the office” (aka, one of my two favorite cafés around town) during preschool time, not to mention all of the cooking and testing that’s going on at home. At the same time, I’ve been doing my best to continue giving you lots more fun new recipes on both Panini Happy and Cooking On the Side AND keeping up with my two little kids and my dear husband. Whew!

I’ve been learning a ton in this whole writing process and it’s my goal to produce a book you all will love. By the way…I’m looking for a few more volunteers to help test recipes! If you’re interested please send me an email at panini [dot] happy [at] yahoo [dot] com with your name, the type of panini maker you own and any dietary constraints. All levels of cooking experience welcome. :-)






>Ready to buy a panini press? Check out my Panini Press Buying Guide for the features to look for.

>Want more panini recipes? See my Recipe Index for a list of all recipes on Panini Happy.

>Traveling to a new city soon? Browse Panini Happy’s Great American Sandwich Guide to find the best sandwiches across the country!

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1 Cassie May 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

Congratulations on the book, very much looking forward to it!
Cassie´s last blog post ..Cinnamon Toffee Coffee Cookies

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2 eleni May 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Very excited for you!!!

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3 Chelsea May 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

FANTASTIC news! I’m so excited!!!! Congrats!
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4 Carole Resnick May 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Congratulations on the book!!! Can I pre-order?

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5 Kathy May 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Thanks so much, Carole – I’ll definitely let everyone know when pre-ordering is available.

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6 Amanda Thompson May 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Congratulations ~ How exciting!!!!

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7 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

yay! Congrats! Finally!!
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8 Alex May 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Kathy!!!! So proud of you!
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9 Angela May 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Can’t wait!! How exciting! Next stop the Today Show? :-)

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10 Jeanette May 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Congratulations Kathy – that is such exciting news!! Can’t wait to see your new cookbook.
Jeanette´s last blog post ..Farmer’s Market Opening Day – Pesto, Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

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11 Lexy Vu May 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Congratulations on the book!
I know your website talks about the many uses of the panini grill… But I’m interested to know if you will be including panini recipes w/o the use of the grill as well… In means of alternatives in case those who have not yet purchased or refuse (I have a friend who refuses, I kid you not) to purchase a grill/press…

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12 Kathy May 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Thanks, Lexy! I’d say you could probably make most of my recipes without a grill. I put together a post a few years ago with ideas for how to make panini without a press: http://paninihappy.com/how-to-make-panini-without-a-panini-press/

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13 Cindy B. May 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Congratulations on your book, Kathy ! I love your blog, so I know your book will be a big hit.

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14 Daniella May 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Congratulations Kathy! I had no idea! I’d like one when it’s out. Keep us all posted.

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15 tamara May 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I can’t Wait. Count me in for preorder too!

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16 Esi May 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm

THRILLED for you! You so deserve it. Can’t wait to read your book!

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17 Naomi May 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

This is so awesome for you, Kathy! Well deserved!

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18 Carolyn May 15, 2012 at 3:05 am

YAY!!!! Congratulations, Kathy! My husband loves panini, so I will happily purchase your book for him.

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19 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch May 15, 2012 at 5:07 am

So excited for you, Kathy!!! Can’t wait to hold it in my hands!

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20 Amy May 15, 2012 at 6:31 am

Congrats, Kathy! You know I’m a fan. Can’t wait for your cookbook to take up residence with my other favorites.
Amy´s last blog post ..Pasta with a Beet, Thyme, and Cream Sauce

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21 Anne May 15, 2012 at 10:44 am

Congratulations! This is terrific news.

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22 vanillasugarblog May 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

oh kathy that is great news!

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23 Cookin' Canuck May 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Congratulations, Kathy! Your book deal is so well-deserved and I can’t wait to see the finished product.
Cookin’ Canuck´s last blog post ..Grilling Recipe Link-Up & Grilled Chicken Recipe with Jicama & Orange Salsa {Giveaway}

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24 Kelly Senyei May 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

Congratulations, Kathy!!! This is such awesome news and so well-deserved :)
Kelly Senyei´s last blog post ..Banana Bread French Toast

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25 Kalyn May 16, 2012 at 11:24 am

Congratulations, how exciting for you!

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26 Marie@citronlimette May 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Congratulations!
Just discover your blog. I can’t wait for your book!

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27 Jersey Girl Cooks May 17, 2012 at 4:51 am

Yay! Great news and a big congrats!

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28 Winnie May 17, 2012 at 6:09 am

Congratulations! Wonderful news…I am sure it will be terrific!
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29 Isla May 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Congratulations on the cookbook! How exciting!

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30 Mindy May 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Congrats, Kathy! So well deserved! I can’t wait to see it in print! :-)

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31 Angela Chee June 9, 2012 at 2:05 am

Super excited for you! Can’t wait to see it. See you at the “office” :)

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32 Lisa @ The Gonzo Gourmet June 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm

How exciting – congratulations!!

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33 Heather June 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Yippee! I will be a pre-order too

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34 Roxana Payton January 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Looking forward to the cookbook! I’ve been working on a Friends Cookbook and writing process is time consuming. Again thank you for letting me help test recipes for the cookbook.
I made the little cakes on my foodtruck panini grill. They turned out really well. Thinking about putting them on the menu. Thanks Kathy.

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