Get Ready For…The Panini Happy Cookbook!


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. 🙂


KathyPanini Happy, online since 2008, is more than just a sandwich blog. Here, you'll find hundreds of my original panini recipes, my guide to choosing a panini press and a whole lot of other creative uses for the panini press.
~ Kathy Strahs
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  1. Cassie wrote:

    Congratulations on the book, very much looking forward to it!

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  2. eleni wrote:

    Very excited for you!!!

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  3. Chelsea wrote:

    FANTASTIC news! I’m so excited!!!! Congrats!

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  4. Carole Resnick wrote:

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

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

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

      Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  5. Amanda Thompson wrote:

    Congratulations ~ How exciting!!!!

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  6. yay! Congrats! Finally!!

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  7. Alex wrote:

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Kathy!!!! So proud of you!

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  8. Angela wrote:

    Can’t wait!! How exciting! Next stop the Today Show? 🙂

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  9. Jeanette wrote:

    Congratulations Kathy – that is such exciting news!! Can’t wait to see your new cookbook.

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  10. Lexy Vu wrote:

    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…

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  11. Cindy B. wrote:

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

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  12. Daniella wrote:

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

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  13. tamara wrote:

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

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  14. Esi wrote:

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

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  15. Naomi wrote:

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

    Posted 5.14.12 Reply
  16. Carolyn wrote:

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

    Posted 5.15.12 Reply
  17. So excited for you, Kathy!!! Can’t wait to hold it in my hands!

    Posted 5.15.12 Reply
  18. Amy wrote:

    Congrats, Kathy! You know I’m a fan. Can’t wait for your cookbook to take up residence with my other favorites.

    Posted 5.15.12 Reply
  19. Anne wrote:

    Congratulations! This is terrific news.

    Posted 5.15.12 Reply
  20. oh kathy that is great news!

    Posted 5.15.12 Reply
  21. Congratulations, Kathy! Your book deal is so well-deserved and I can’t wait to see the finished product.

    Posted 5.15.12 Reply
  22. Congratulations, Kathy!!! This is such awesome news and so well-deserved 🙂

    Posted 5.16.12 Reply
  23. Kalyn wrote:

    Congratulations, how exciting for you!

    Posted 5.16.12 Reply
  24. Congratulations!
    Just discover your blog. I can’t wait for your book!

    Posted 5.16.12 Reply
  25. Yay! Great news and a big congrats!

    Posted 5.17.12 Reply
  26. Winnie wrote:

    Congratulations! Wonderful news…I am sure it will be terrific!

    Posted 5.17.12 Reply
  27. Isla wrote:

    Congratulations on the cookbook! How exciting!

    Posted 5.22.12 Reply
  28. Mindy wrote:

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

    Posted 5.25.12 Reply
  29. Super excited for you! Can’t wait to see it. See you at the “office” 🙂

    Posted 6.9.12 Reply
  30. How exciting – congratulations!!

    Posted 6.21.12 Reply
  31. Heather wrote:

    Yippee! I will be a pre-order too

    Posted 6.29.12 Reply
  32. Roxana Payton wrote:

    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.

    Posted 1.5.13 Reply