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Joy of Cooking: All About Breakfast and Brunch

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Joy of Cooking: All About Breakfast and Brunch [Hardcover]

Irma S. Rombauer , Ethan Becker , Marion Rombauer Becker
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June 12, 2001 Joy of Cooking All About...
Sixty years since Irma Rombauer advised new cooks to "Stand facing the stove," America's love affair with "Joy of Cooking" continues unabated. And why not? "Joy" in hand, tens of millions of people -- from novices to professionals -- have learned to do everything from make a meat loaf to clean a squid to frost a wedding cake. For decades, "Joy of Cooking" has taught America how to cook, serving as the standard against which all other cookbooks are judged. "All About Breakfast & Brunch" upholds that standard. In the conversational and instructional manner of the flagship book, "All About Breakfast & Brunch" elevates "the most important meal of the day" (and the ever-popular weekend brunch) and offers up such mouth-watering egg dishes as Savory Cheese and Herb-Filled Souffleed Omelet, Eggs Benedict, and Matzo Brei; savory brunch sides like Corned Beef Hash, Crabcakes, and Fried Green Tomatoes; delicious fruit and grain recipes, including Apple Fritters, Apricot Compote, and Muesli; and dozens of baked goods, pancakes, and waffles. You'll also find recipes for traditional brunch beverages as well as menus and entertaining tips. Add to that more than 150 original photographs, specially commissioned for this volume, presented in the most easy-to-use design imaginable. Whether you belong to one of the millions of American households that already own a copy (or two) of "Joy, " or you have never cracked the spine of a cookbook before, "Joy of Cooking: All About Breakfast & Brunch" is for you. It is a spectacular achievement, worthy of its name. "Joy" has never been more beautiful.

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Generations have used The Joy of Cooking for their everyday cooking needs, so who better to turn to for advice for preparing the most important meal of the day than The Joy of Cooking: All About Breakfast and Brunch? The All About series combines the useful, delicious, easy-to-follow recipes made famous in the original Joy with full-color photographs, illustrations, and a beautiful new layout. From Scrambled Eggs to Eggs Benedict, Basic Waffles to Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes, Rice Pudding to Raspberry Plum Crisp, every inch of your breakfast or brunch table is covered. All About Breakfast and Brunch takes us from sweet to savory, from hot to cold, from baked to fried, and from grilled to griddled. If there's any way to justify eating it for breakfast, you'll find it here. Grilled Bananas, Buttermilk Potato Doughnuts, Eggs in Ramekins with Ratatouille--these tempting brunch ideas will have you beating the alarm clock to get out of bed in the morning. --Leora Y. Bloom

About the Author

Irma Rombauer self-published the first Joy of Cooking in 1931 with the small insurance payout she received after her husband committed suicide during the Great Depression. Suddenly, society wives who used to enjoy a kitchen staff no longer had the money to employ them and began cooking for themselves. The instruction "stand facing the stove" was a bit more pragmatic than we realize. In 1936, the first commercial edition was published by Bobbs-Merrill. Marion Rombauer Becker, Irma's daughter, joined the Joy dynasty and revised and updated each subsequent edition until 1975. That edition was the first after Irma's death and was completely Marion's. Her son, Ethan Becker, has returned the book to the family's voice, revising the 1975 edition for the 75th Anniversary Edition.

Ethan Becker is the son of Marion Rombauer Becker and the grandson of Irma S. Rombauer, the original author of The Joy of Cooking. He attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but learned how to cook from his mom. An outdoors-man, he is a master of the grill and at cooking game. His outdoor gear and survival and combat knives are sold internationally under the brand Becker Knife and Tool. Ethan and his wife, Susan, a writer, editor, and artist, live in East Tennessee at their home, Half Moon Ridge. His website is

Product Details

  • Series: Joy of Cooking All About...
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (June 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743206428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743206426
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Design & Yummy Food December 30, 2001
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This book has the nicest page layout of photographs and recipes I've seen in a long time. It has recipes for simple things like different kinds of hot cocoa to cinnamon rolls, oatmeal, and tarts. The picture of the apple walnut muffins makes me salivate! This would make a great gift.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners February 9, 2010
By Nik
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If you are a beginner to preparing breakfast's and brunches for guests, I highly recommend this book. I recommend it anyhow, for yourself. your family,etc... The recipes are simple with easy to follow instructions and they come out great. No need to tailor them, unless you have specific desires (like cheese, or pepper or whatever else you may want) but that is easily done. These recipes compliment any breakfast, brunch, or lunch. It hosts a nice array of warm drinks, mixed drinks(cocktails and mocktail (non-alchoholic versions) info. for you little ones), there are pancakes, crepes, blintzes galore, a nice section on fruit and fruit glazes like compote, jelly, a small variety of meats and so forth. As a place to start, this is it. Enjoy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darn near perfect! May 14, 2008
We purchased this book to get ideas for our Bed and Breakfast -- The Sunflowers by the Sea. Not only was it filled with wonderful breakfast recipes but also valuable tips and techniques.

The book was so good we bought a second copy to keep at our winter home!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I use this daily December 28, 2009
By B. West
Just reading this book changed my success in the kitchen. Classically, Breakfast was the only meal I could handle; now, I feel like an expert. Covers lots of tips and tricks on making things better, that you alrealy make well. Also, the recipe's are delicious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch April 19, 2011
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Good variety of recipes. Easy to follow instructions. While the ingredients are put in the step by step format instead of listed at the beginning, they are in bold print so are easy to find so you can check your pantry or make a grocery list. I highly recommend this book for cooks of any level.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Easy to Use Book! December 31, 2009
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I bought this book as a gift for my dad, and he absolutely loved it. It's beautiful from cover to cover. The recipes inside are easy to follow, but are very creative and delicious. I'm extremely pleased with this purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite December 30, 2013
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Had this book for a couple years and lost it in a move, so I bought it again and thought I would review it. Nice photos, clear working recipes and not 'strange' items you wouldn't eat. I love the oatmeal recipes and Lemon Pancakes. They even have a good sausage recipe. Excellent book that is not overwhelming and will kick start breakfast doldrums. This book is an excellent choice for a gift.
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