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Celebrate Grilled Cheese Day With a Whole Book of Ooey, Gooey Recipes

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Happy Grilled Cheese Day! On this sacred day, it's tradition to celebrate with a hot pressed sandwich oozing with cheese. While it's hard to top the classic American-cheese-and-white-bread version, many intrepid chefs have put their own creative spins on the often simple (but never boring) sandwich. Since the only musts are bread and cheese, you can add pretty much anything else you want. If that's got you feeling overwhelmed, fear not: Melts by Fern Green is a whole book dedicated to creative takes on grilled cheese.

The cookbook features mouthwatering pictures of grilled cheese beautifully paired with unique recipes—the perfect tome for any cheese lover. There are over 50 recipes to choose from, ranging from wacky ideas like potato waffles with pastrami and sauerkraut, to sweet options like Nutella and marshmallow.

Besides recipes, the book also comes with tips and tricks about bread choices, cheese meltability, butter types, and more. If you're looking to up your grilled cheese game (and who isn't?), then you can grab Melts on Amazon.

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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New Tolkien-Themed Botany Book Describes the Plants of Middle-Earth
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While reading The Lord of the Rings saga, it's hard not to notice J.R.R. Tolkien’s clear love of nature. The books are replete with descriptions of lush foliage, rolling prairies, and coniferous forests. A new botany book builds on that knowledge: Entertainment Weekly reports that Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium provides fantasy-loving naturalists with a round-up of plants that grow in Middle-earth.

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Written by University of Florida botanist Walter Judd, the book explores the ecology, etymology, and importance of over 160 plants. Many are either real—coffee, barley, wheat, etc.—or based on real-life species. (For example, pipe-weed may be tobacco, and mallorns are large trees similar to beech trees.)

Using his botany background, Judd explores why Tolkien may have felt compelled to include each in his fantasy world. His analyses are paired with woodcut-style drawings by artist Graham Judd, which depict Middle-earth's flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and shrubs in their "natural" environments.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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