Breakfast (★★★★★)

The Editors of Extra Crispy

Oxmoor House

October 23, 2018

256 Pages

Goodreads | Amazon | BN

Breakfast is an unconventional and fun cookbook created by the editors of Extra Crispy, a website devoted entirely to all things breakfast. Amazingly, the tasty recipes in here are only the second best thing about the cookbook. The most special thing about it are the essays peppered throughout. These are short, easily-digestible stories that are positive, heartfelt, and even laugh-out-loud funny. I’ve read every single one and have loved them all.

The book is divided into six sections: 

  1. Building Blocks of Breakfast—how to poach an egg, make bacon for a crowd, and dazzle your friends with an elevated French toast
  2. Coffee, Booze, and Other Life-Enhancing Drinks—the best coffee to buy at the grocery store, how to make your own slurpees, and a no-fail La Croix hangover cure
  3. Regional Meats—headcheese, scrapple, and boudin, oh my
  4. Baking for the Easily Intimidated—common baking substitutions; the best brioche of your life; strudels, biscuits, scones, rolls, buns, and more
  5. Advanced Breakfast Studies—how to make more difficult breakfast dishes like baked tamagoyaki (Japanese omelets), breakfast ratatouille, and fruit curd
  6. Frankenfoods and Mash-ups—how to make mostly disgusting-sounding breakfast combinations, like cereal popsicles and Doritos quiche (though, to be fair, I haven’t tried any of them yet…)

When I picked up this book, I expected to find a bunch of boring ol’ breakfast recipes, but it really is so much more. I love the look of the book—all the big, bold fonts and quirky illustrations. The essays are entertaining and perfectly done. I also appreciate the many little side notes that offer cooking advice and product recommendations. (Kerrygold butter for the win, y’all!) Most importantly, the recipe selection in here is diverse, interesting, and genuinely delicious. What an enjoyable cookbook overall. I can already think of a couple people who I’ll be giving it to for Christmas. 

Big thank you to Amazon Vine and the Editors of Extra Crispy for the Advanced Reader Copy!

8 thoughts

  1. This sounds like so much fun! Some of my family used to cook scrapple for breakfast and unquestioningly as a kid I ate it, although the thought of it makes me a bit queasy now 😂 I might have to get this one, it sounds too fun to pass up. Great review!

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    1. Ironically, the pic of their scrapple recipe looked SO GOOD. Before I read the ingredients, I was like, wow, I’m going to have to try that. After reading the ingredients….hm, I don’t know. 😂 But you know if they can make scrapple look good, it’s a good cookbook, ha. Hope you do end up checking it out. 🙂

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      1. Ha that’s such a good point, it must be a really special cookbook to do that 😂 even thinking of eating it now makes me a little queasy but honestly, it’s not like it tastes bad or anything. You just can’t un-know once you know… Thanks for putting this one on my radar!

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    1. Oh man, if you already love breakfast, you’d definitely like this cookbook. Breakfast is my favorite meal, too, and I was so surprised by how many new recipes I want to try—and by how much I learned about ingredients, history, traditions, etc. Its really such a fun cookbook. I hope you do read it and enjoy it!

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