The Great Grilled Cheese Book

Which foods we delegate as comfort food are as different as each of our individual personalities. For me, growing up in a depressed midwestern town, I was served tomato soup and grilled cheese every Friday at our elementary school. Pulling off my gloves, red cheeked from the wintery playground after a die-hard round of four-square, I couldn’t wait to get into the cafeteria and sit down to that meal. Dipping a gooey grilled cheese in a hot bowl of tomato soup was the best to me. It didn’t matter to me, at least at that time, that the soup was from a can or the cheese really never melted, it was still comforting. 

Eric Greenspan has proven his culinary cred with his restaurants including the now shuttered Mare and The Foundry, as well as his current enterprises The Roof on Wilshire and delivery only concepts Chino, The B.E.C. and Brekkie Breakfast Burritos. But did you know the man can do wild things with grilled cheese?

It all began when he wanted to make his food more accessible to a larger number of people. He started off by transforming his cheese plate into a sandwich, filled with taleggio cheese, raisin walnut bread, apricot caper puree, and beef short rib. This infamous sandwich has won many awards and has been dubbed The Champ.

Now, we all can experience The Champ and forty plus world class sandwiches in Eric’s new book The Great Grilled Cheese Book: Grown-Up Recipes for a Childhood Classic. You can’t help but fall in love with the Elvis (peanut butter, bacon, bananas) or lose your head over the Ichabod Crane (Camembert with pumpkin chutney and pumpkin seed).  Roll in the crash carts because I’m going out in a blaze of Greenspan’s grilled cheese sandwiches and once you try his sandwiches you will want to join me. 

Our   takes you inside this book filled with melty deliciousness that shares   for the following dishes:


Ten Speed Press is providing three copies of this must have book in our giveaway below open to US members. 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • matag  on  August 8, 2018

    Prime time

  • LSanders  on  August 8, 2018

    Maple American cheese

  • riley  on  August 8, 2018

    Lox of love

  • RNJessicaK  on  August 9, 2018

    Maple American!!

  • circ2000  on  August 9, 2018

    The Champ

  • Lmocooks  on  August 9, 2018

    Ichabod Crane

  • stepspior  on  August 9, 2018

    Pimento American cheese

  • sarahawker  on  August 9, 2018

    Well The Cuban reuben sure sounds like a sandwich my kids would love!

  • ravensfan  on  August 9, 2018


  • lean1  on  August 9, 2018

    The Boom

  • Mardeen11  on  August 9, 2018

    The Cobb! OMG!!

  • love2chow  on  August 9, 2018

    The Champ or Ichabod Crane

  • mph993  on  August 9, 2018

    We'd like to try the Monterey melt

  • MiMi60  on  August 9, 2018

    I will try the Steakhouse (page 67).

  • demomcook  on  August 9, 2018

    Montmartre – mmmm.

  • kmn4  on  August 9, 2018

    Top shelf

  • kbennall  on  August 9, 2018

    South Rising sounds incredible

  • lgroom  on  August 10, 2018


  • sgump  on  August 10, 2018

    I'd try the Ichabod Crane–my curiosity is piqued!

  • Laura1  on  August 10, 2018

    the champ

  • Dannausc  on  August 10, 2018

    Bad moon rising

  • floridagld  on  August 10, 2018

    so true so adult.
    many sound great.
    one because of a fave chutney…so south rising.
    Muffuletta..oh yeah.

  • Julia  on  August 10, 2018

    The Cuban Ruben

  • LaurenE  on  August 10, 2018

    Ichabod Crane

  • t.t  on  August 11, 2018

    The Greek

  • sequoia55  on  August 11, 2018

    Cuban Ruben

  • debbiehb  on  August 11, 2018

    Caprese melt

  • PeavineBlues  on  August 11, 2018


  • C_Richardson  on  August 11, 2018

    The Caprese

  • tararr  on  August 11, 2018

    Ichabod Crane

  • dtremit  on  August 11, 2018

    Love a good patty melt!

  • Siegal  on  August 11, 2018

    I want to make maple American cheese

  • intrepid9923  on  August 11, 2018

    Muffuletta sounds so yummy!

  • mayastonecastle  on  August 12, 2018

    Cuban Reuben

  • artthecat  on  August 13, 2018

    Monterey melt

  • pcsperling  on  August 13, 2018

    Definitely Montmartre

  • Nancith  on  August 13, 2018

    Maple Grilled cheese

  • jmay42066  on  August 14, 2018

    The Cobb

  • jezpurr  on  August 14, 2018

    Bad Moon Rising!!!^_^

  • jluvs2bake  on  August 15, 2018

    Oh, my goodness, so hard for a grilled cheese lover! But that Cuban Reuben… I've got to try that!

  • Sfgordon  on  August 15, 2018

    Johnny apple cheese looks excellent!

  • JJWong  on  August 16, 2018

    I grew up eating Patty Melts, so I'm looking forward to making it on my own.

  • annieski  on  August 17, 2018

    caprese melt

  • Shelley.b  on  August 17, 2018

    The greek

  • RSW  on  August 18, 2018


  • liasim  on  August 18, 2018

    Bad moon rising

  • mduncan  on  August 23, 2018

    The Ichabod Crane

  • RickPearson54  on  August 27, 2018

    the greek

  • heyjude  on  August 28, 2018

    Monterey Melt

  • DJCross  on  August 30, 2018

    The Greek

  • hippiechick1955  on  August 30, 2018

    I’d have to make the Caprese Melt. A longtime favorite salad of mine, it’s bound to be appreciated by my tastebuds.

  • tennyogirl  on  August 30, 2018


  • BMeyer  on  August 31, 2018


  • NaomiH  on  August 31, 2018


  • fluffies  on  August 31, 2018

    Pimento American cheese

  • hae1123  on  September 2, 2018

    Choc-full of nuts

  • mjes  on  September 3, 2018

    Johnny apple cheese

  • choppergirl  on  September 8, 2018

    Mulberry Street

  • jodangerously  on  September 9, 2018

    beet it

  • ket06e  on  September 12, 2018

    top shelf

  • auntietina  on  September 15, 2018

    The Cobb! Cobb salad in a grilled cheese form, why haven't I thought of that before???

  • PennyG  on  September 16, 2018

    Pimento American Cheese – yum!

  • orchidlady01  on  September 20, 2018

    The Cuban reuben

  • MamaEnki  on  September 25, 2018

    Prime Time

  • eatysmith  on  September 27, 2018

    Pimento American Cheese!

  • matag  on  September 28, 2018

    The cobb

  • rosyannposy  on  September 28, 2018

    Ichabod Crane

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