As some of you know, breakfast is my favorite meal. Why? It has the potential to contain all my favorite food groups: cholesterol, sugar, chocolate, and peanut butter. If you extend the category to breakfast/brunch, you can even get pizza in there, in the form of a galette.
This book, subtitled “100 Fantastic Recipes for the Weekend’s Best Meal” has it all. But that’s not the best part. The recipes are very short and uncomplicated, yet they turn out great. The author, who is an award-winning chef and – here’s the important part – “recognized as Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year by The James Beard Foundation” really surprised me. I expected recipes from a chef to involve hundreds of ingredients and thousands of hours. Instead, these are simple, and yet as good as can be.
Some of my favorites are: Gooey Camembert In a Box With Cranberry-Black Pepper Compote, Cheesy Cheddar Grits, Quick Pear Streusel Coffee Cake, Salmon, Scallion, and Goat Cheese Frittata, and of course, the Cheese and Tomato Galette.
She even includes a recipe for Gougères. I had them the first time at a winery tasting room, where I embarrassed Jim by eating almost the whole basket. They are incredibly good. Her recipe uses garlic, which I would probably omit, so I am including for you a recipe that is almost identical but also omits it.
Most of the book’s recipes are shown with beautiful photographs by Ben Fink.
If you check the author’s website, you will find that she now has a new book out, Lunch! and that she also posts some recipes and photos online, so you can get a taste of what she is about. She even includes a recipe from Brunch!, “Almond Cabbala French Toast.”
Evaluation: In spite of loving to eat, I don’t like to cook or, especially, to clean up. This book is not taxing in either way. If I can make these successfully, I think anyone can!
Published by Random House, 2009