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"I have long admired Dan's commitment to Artisanal bread making. In Panini Express, he shows that his passion for the perfect sandwich goes far beyond the bread." --Chef Terrance Brennan, author of  Artisanal Cooking
"Panini Express celebrates the delicious combinations of warm bread, melted cheese, and a global array of fillings--the results are mouthwatering."--Rick Smilow, President and Owner, The Institute of Culinary Education
"You know a food has really arrived when they start writing books about it. Case in point: Panini Express by bread maven and former Western New Yorker Daniel Leader, author of Bread Alone, and Lauren Chattman. This time, Leader takes a more popular approach. His book features glorious food photography and very simple recipes for fillings and spreads. But just in case you're feeling energized, he tells you how to make the bread for the panini, too."--The Buffalo News
"All too often, when I think sandwich, I think tuna salad or mustard, mayo and meat. In summer, I expand to include the classic BLT, but the reality is that I lack sandwich-imagination. When I opened Panini Express I realized my problem: A sandwich isn't just something with bread, it's an entire meal wrapped in bread. Inside this thin handbook are recipes for placing on bread a host of dinner-worthy menu items; asparagus, prosciutto and Taleggio; filet mignon, mushrooms and red pepper-garlic mayo; tuna, fava beans and Asiago; grilled chicken with Asian slaw. What's nice is that even though the book provides recipes to bake my own bread, authors Daniel Leader and Lauren Chattman openly admit that there are plenty of shortcuts to a great panini. There are several recipes for hopping up the flavor in store-bought mayonnaise, a baba ghanoush recipe that can be made in 5 minutes, even a 20-minute ratatouille recipe. "--Contra Costa Times (CA)
"Known for his artisanal bread bakery, Daniel Leader tells what fillings are worthy of his loaves. There are French classics (the Croque Monsieur), meatier sandwiches, poultry offerings (try the Smoked Chicken, St. Andre and Pear-Apple Compote) and still plenty to satisfy vegetarians. We gravitated to the Grilled Italian Hero Sandwich. A tastier cousin of the cold-cut version, this panini had an extra kick from sliced pepperoncini and arugula. If you're still hungry, Leader includes dessert sandwiches and other sections on making your own bread and condiments." --Allentown Morning Call (PA)


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Lauren Chattman is a cookbook author and former professional pastry chef who has written 10 books, including most recently "Dessert Express". She collaborated with
former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier on" Dessert University" and with Daniel Leader on "Local Breads", which won an IACP award. She has appeared on "The Today Show" and has sold over 50,000 books on QVC. She can be seen demonstrating baking techniques for Pillsbury on

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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Same pictures reprinted dozens of times, are you kidding me? March 8 2008
By kiwanissandy - Published on
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I received a panini press for a present and couldn't wait to get this book to try it out. The book is very pretty with nice, in-color photographs. I think the food photographer, Ellen Silverman, did a wonderful job of capturing the feel of the sandwiches, spreads and such. However, the editor fell down on the job. The same picture is printed on pages 19 and 61 and another same picture is printed on pages a and 23. Yet another same picture is printed on pages b & 57; 2 & 17; and 24 & 93. The exact same picture! Are you kidding me? Someone didn't notice they were using all the same pictures?! They're very pretty pictures but all the same ones? I quit comparing but there are many other duplicates as well. Please get that fixed on the reprint of this book. The authors of this cookbook need to get an apology for that glaring mistake.

Now for the meat of the cookbook. The first section gives recipes for making your own rolls, baguettes, flatbreads and such if you are so inclined. They are made by hand, not using a bread machine to start the dough. If you know how I guess you could convert them to a bread machine to save yourself some effort.

There is a section on making your own sauces, compotes, etc. The red pepper-garlic mayonnaise is delicious. Make sure and drain the roasted red peppers well otherwise the mayo was too runny. The watercress mayonnaise was a little bitter but perhaps it's just my taste or the fresh watercress (it's not the season right now).

The section on making your own sandwiches gives instructions for making your own breads and compotes (recipes are included) or offers store bought alternatives. In addition I like that the authentic version of the italian panini is listed but then a cheaper american version alternative is also offered. It gives you the option so you can lower the price or find the needed ingredients. My example is comte cheese vs. swiss; prosciutto vs. ham.

The corned beef and cabbage panini is excellent. It will make an excellent dinner on St. Patrick's Day. Add some black and tan beer and the evening will be perfect.

My next tries will be the Cubano and the Italian Hero. You won't be disappointed in this cookbook. It's worth having. There are even dessert panini's but I haven't tried those gives me something to look forward to!

I rated it a 3 even with the glaring picture misprints because the cookbook itself is excellent and I wouldn't want others to not purchase it because of that. The Taunton Press Co. needs to hire some new employees who know what they're doing but otherwise this cookbook is worthy of purchase. Just don't give this version as a gift wait until the next edition.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great Resource April 18 2008
By D. Smith - Published on
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Yes, this is this is by the Daniel Leader who wrote Bread Alone and Local Breads, two incredible books on authentic artisan bread baking. This sandwich book is a wonderful resource for home bakers and non-bakers alike. The recipes for the spreads and chutneys are fantastic and can be used for dishes other than sandwiches.

You might think, "Doesn't everyone know how to build a sandwich??" Well, yes, but Leader's combinations are particularly delicious. Some are obvious, but are still excellent inspriration for when you have leftovers you do not know what to do with.

I definitely recommend this book. Unfortunately, there are numerous typographical errors. Fortunately his formulae are reliable. (Local Breads is full of similarly annoying and distracting errors, so hopefully Leader's editors will become more vigilant in future editions and for future books).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Gem May 29 2012
By Saluki - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for Panini Recipes but, this is turning out to be my favorite
bread making book. I've owned Daniel Leader's Bread Alone and the recent Simply Great Breads. Frankly, I was more into the Hertzberg and Lahey No Knead methods which were successful for me with a minimum of effort.
However, once I tried the bread recipes in Panini Express I was hooked. I'm able to get wonderful results and not having to re-adjust the recipes to make a smaller amount.
The Leader recipes call for 1 1/2 cups of flour for the Flatbreads, Ciabatta, and pizza breads...instead of five or six cups. -perfect for a small household. A few seconds in my cast iron pan and I have perfect Naan.....
Also, love the shortcuts and ideas in the rest of the book--I'd never have thought of using bottled eggplant for baba ghanoush. This book really turned out to be a gem!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Beyond the standard fare May 8 2008
By John Schultz - Published on
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This is a great addition to my cook book collection. The sandwiches in this book are off the beaten path by using odd ingredients. The several that we have tried so far have been great! There are recipes for different types of breads and sauces that I suggest using otherwise the sandwich will not come out right. Especially when it comes to the different breads. We tried a focaccia bread from Panera but it was to thick. The different breads were the hardest part of the recipes. All in all I am glad that I have this book. We have had a lot of fun with it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Panini cooking Jan. 28 2011
By straitarrow - Published on
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My wife is an excellent cook looking for new recipes. I bought this to get some brownie points. We have tasted some great panini sandwiches and we now have a panini press to enjoy them at home. My wife saw other reviews on the web and was excited to get it.