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'wichcraft: Craft a Sandwich into a Meal--And a Meal into a Sandwich

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  726 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Slow-roasted meats, marinated vegetables, surprising flavor combinations, this is not your mother’s sandwich.

With acclaimed restaurants located across the United States, and a high-profile job as head judge of the hit show Top Chef, Tom Colicchio is one of the best-known chefs and personalities in the culinary world today. His popular chain of ’wichcraft sandwich shops is
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Clarkson Potter
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Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: top chef fans, padma
Shelves: kitchenxplosion
Who doesn't love a great sandwich? I know I can't resist a good one. Whether you worship at the Church of Colicchio or not you will probably bow to the greatness of this book because it goes into exhaustive detail on the science, yes, science and architecture of sandwich construction.

Great detail is paid to what bread is used for each sandwich in terms of their texture, rye for the soggier components, lighter bread for the drier ones, and then detail is paid to the order of veggies stacked with
Ted Fristrom
Jul 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was never all that interested in the Craft cookbook, but I was looking for a cookbook devoted to sandwiches and there really aren't that many options available. Some of the recipes are fairly complicated, for a sandwich, but then . . . a complicated sandwich is still a lot easier than most complicated entrees. And after I tried a few recipes I became more trusting of Colicchio's odder sounding choices. I started off skeptical of using deliberately under-ripe mangoes or something called "onion ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The sandwiches that restaurant sandwiches dream of getting mistaken for on the street. Class up your brown-bag lunch with one of these, but they definitely takes more commitment, grocery shopping time, and prep time than your average ham 'n cheese. Impress a date with a home-made soup and sandwich lunch, maybe?
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't really find anything that interesting here, despite reading it when I was hungry :-)
Cindy Wise
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
some of these recipes look amazing! Many are a lot of work so not sure how likely i am to make them.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The writing is perfectly serviceable, though without any distinguishing characteristics. It's like those MFA bores all are.
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I only know the author from Top Chef, which I don't watch that often, but I picked it up by chance when I got my new library card because of the gorgeous photos of sandwiches inside. I do like that the index includes images of every sandwich, as there are not as many scattered throughout the book. I'm not sure if it is a misprint or because it is a library book, but there are about 10 pages missing from the book, so I'm missing about 4 of the breakfast sandwiches. That aside, I loved the ideas f ...more
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love sandwiches and it's obvious the writers of this book do too. I haven't had the chance to try many of the recipes yet. These sandwiches are typically pretty upscale but sound delicious. The condiments such as pickled mustard also sound like fun to experiment with. [return][return]The book is a little short for the price, but I think if you could nab it on sale it would be worth it. It's mostly focused on recipes, but there are some occasional asides like trying to match bread with the type ...more
Mar 10, 2010 rated it liked it
I need this book! I visited Wichcraft in NYC and fell in love. I would have liked to visit Colicchio's other eateries, but I'm on a bugdet. I was not disappointed.

Well, I have to say I was a little disappointed with this homage to Wichcraft. Being the good chef that he is, Colicchio does not give up any of his big secrets. The ingredients that made Wichcraft so excellent for me were nowhere to be found in this cookbook.I understand that as a chef C prepares his menus seasonally, but I saw none o
Catherine Woodman
I have been a big fan of the Gourmet's Cookbook Club since it's inception, and this choice is no exception to that rule. Joel is a huge fan of the sandwich, and I have perused a number of sandwich books that preceded this one in publication--one, the Nancy Silverton sandwich book was a disappointment--I love her bread book, her bakery and her restaurant. This book is by far the best I have seen to date--it has excellent and inventive combinations of ingredients, as well as recipes for sauces, co ...more
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
This is one of the only cookbooks I have borrowed from the library so far and decided I really wouldn't want it in my personal library. The recipes in this book look good, albeit a bit complicated. The idea espoused is great. The layout of breakfast, cold, warm, and dessert sandwiches is nice. The table of contents includes a picture of the sandwich which is also handy for reference. However, I think I would be more likely to convert these recipes into meals rather than make the actual sandwich. ...more
Apr 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Love Tom Colicchio (Craft is my all-time favorite restaurant in the city). Sandwiches? Not so much. They're probably one of my least favorite foods.

I got to meet Tom at a book signing, and he's pretty cool. Looks exactly like he does on television, and he seemed like an overall nice guy from the .2 seconds I talked to him.

I have yet to try any of the recipes in this book, but some of them look absolutely delicious. Especially the desserts. Banana bread with caramel ice cream and pecan brittle? S
Oct 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who don't mind putting forth the effort in order to enjoy a stellar sandwich.
Shelves: cookbooks
As a die-hard sandwich lover, this hits all my buttons. Colicchio takes classic sandwiches and gives them twists that elevate them to a whole new level. Some of the ingredients and condiments are a bit fussy and amounts made mean you may be eating the same sandwich for several days running; however, if you're looking for new ideas outside bologna or peanut butter and jelly then you are in for a real treat. Of special note: He includes veggie sandwiches that are lush and absolutely to die for.
Aug 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I'm unclear as to whether cookbooks count as books in my reading goal for the year (so many pictures!) but I've been reading through these ones I did not purchase completely, so I'm making a separate shelf until I decide.

This book has lots of lovely ideas and while I don't see myself making the exact sandwiches as set out, I am inspired to try new combinations and upgrade ingredients. Also, love the pantry section in the back-- the recipes for pickled onions, whole mustard sauce, chile mayos et
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful porn at its best! Great advice and stories sprinkled throughout, with a brief description accompanying each sandwich recipe. My favorite part of the book - words of wisdom that I will carry with me forever - is the section on "sandwich architecture." Though the recipes are generally more gourmet than brown-bag lunch, this cookbook is a treat for sandwich lovers and appreciators one and all!
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks, nonfiction

I love sandwiches, and this? This is a MUST-HAVE for anyone who believes sandwiches are awesome enough to be great meals.

There are five chapters in this book.

1- Breakfast Sandwiches.
2- Cool Sandwiches.
3- Warm Sandwiches. MY FAVORITE SECTION.
4- Sweet Sandwiches (basically, dessert).
5- Pantry (stuff you should have!)

I can't wait to try some of these. I mean, roasted turkey with avocado, bacon, balsamic onion marmalade, and mayonnaise? YUM. Give me some of THAT.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Great book for summer cooking with less sweating over the stove. The recipes are very fresh, very clearly written, very flexible for switching ingredients and very interesting. The only reason this book doesn't get five stars is that in general the recipes call for expensive ingredients, which I get is one of the reasons they are good but it will make you think twice about how often you want to buy gruyere and maybe go back to grilling instead.
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The subtitle of this book is "craft a sandwich into a meal -- and a meal into a sandwich". This book does not contain your basic BLT or PB&J for that matter. These are the best of the best and the pictures make you drool! I picked up some interesting recipes during my foray into this fascinating book! ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, cookbook
Elevating the humble sandwich

This book is filled with refreshingly unique recipes to take what might have been a bland idea into something rather special. Colicchio keeps the recipes from being too intimidating by incorporating his conversational tone and friendly, approachable voice throughout the book. There are resources and tidbits of history also included.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG OMG OMG... the pictures alone make for amazing food porn. When you read some of the recipes, you WILL drool. There are some brilliant sandwich ideas - even if you're not interested in baking your own bread, making your own mayo, etc. It WILL make you hungry!
May 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: food
Good sandwich ideas. If this book was $3 I would buy it.
Just - The romance reader
Jun 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook
Gorgeous photos, but not many sandwiches I can actually see myself making.
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Yum! We just tried the mango, salmon, avocado, and basil sandwich. The portions are just the right size and it has nothing but yummy and unusual ingredients.
Jul 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Nothing in here you could really throw together with what is in your fridge - these are planned meal sandwiches, but there are a lot of good ones.
Sep 04, 2009 marked it as to-read
Shelves: cookbooks
I love me some Tom Colicchio. And this looks scrumptious.
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: foodie
What's not to like? Food ranging in tallent from easy to SUPER hard, beautiful photography to accompany every single recipe and all sorts of combinations I've never thought of.
Sep 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
It is a thing of beauty!
Jim George
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pretty good samdwich cookbook, it will get you thinking outside the box, or inside the lunchbox! I can hardly wait to try several sandwiches!
Nov 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cookbooks
The best part was the "menu" at the beginning, and that's only for the design.
Jovita Salinas
Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Took this book out of the library, looked thur it some really nice photos and some really good ideas. i might put it on my wishlist.
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