If the names sounds familiar, I'm not surprised. Some of you are familiar with husband and wife team Lindsay and Taylor from their blog, Love & Olive Oil, while others of you are familiar with Lindsay from her first cookbook, The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook.
This particular book is especially great for people like me who aren't programmed for breakfast in the morning. For me, breakfast generally consists of hitting the drive-thru at Dunkin Donuts for a coffee on my way out for the day. I love breakfast foods - it's morning I'm not a fan of, so getting up early enough to plan for breakfast isn't likely to happen. However, I often make breakfast foods for dinner.
Although I didn't feel the passion in this book that came through in Cookie Dough, and I found the title to be somewhat misleading, it does contain more than 100 great recipes, some twists on old favorites, and some new and exciting. As far as the title goes, I was expecting all dinner (entree) items, where the book is actually broken down into Main Dishes, Sides & Starters, Drinks & Desserts. Not a bad thing, just not what the title implied. I also find it a stretch to consider a Green Pea Carbonara to be a breakfast item turned into dinner. It may be an interesting twist on a traditional Carbonara, and yes, it has eggs and bacon in it, but it has always been a dinner item.
That said, I still love the book, and the great photography makes me want to try dishes I normally wouldn't think to order, much less make myself. Take the first recipe for instance - Steak & Eggs Benedict. I'm squeamish about eggs, so if I do make them, they're scrambled dry or in an omelet. The mere thought of a runny egg sends a shiver down my spine, but man they look delicious! And the next recipe - Shakshuka, again features poached eggs, this time in a fabulous tomato sauce. I keep eyeing that one too!
Here's a sampling of what you'll find in each section:
- Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast
- Andouille Shrimp & Grits
- Bacon Fried Rice
- Goat Cheese Monte Cristos
- Grapefruit Risotto with Seared Scallops
SIDES & STARTERS
- Maple-Glazed Pork Meatballs
- Parmesan Beignets
- Mini BLT Biscuits
- Rosemary & Olive Oil Scones
- Bloody Mary Tomato Soup
DRINKS & DESSERTS
- Maple Bacon Cupcakes
- Bananas Foster Crepe Cake
- White Chocolate & Blueberry Tart
- Bacon Old-Fashioneds
- Grapefruit Herb Sodas
For me, the most drool-worthy recipe in this book, and the first one I'll be trying, is hands-down the Breakfast Sausage Ravioli! I'm wishing this book was a scratch & sniff right about now.
This one doesn't hit the shelves until the 12th, so pre-order your copy today:
As always, a big thanks to Quirk Books for providing me with a review copy, and thanks to Linsday & Taylor for some great new "brinner" ideas! Can't wait to make those ravioli!