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Morning Glories: Breakfast, Brunch, and Light Fare from an Herb Garden Hardcover – May, 2000

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Fresh herbs contribute an almost magical element to any dish. Sharon Kebschull Barrett utilizes the bright flavors of herbs--both sweet and savory--in a whole new take on the morning meal, offering an array of breakfast and brunch recipes full of unusual flavor combinations that are sure to surprise and delight the palate. Barrett, a professional caterer, avid gardener, and author of the acclaimed Desserts from an Herb Garden, not only teaches readers about the art of cooking with fresh herbs, but shares practical wisdom on growing lush plants whose leaves are packed with flavor. She even provides tips for readers without access to outdoor gardens on growing herbs indoors or in window boxes. Those not inclined to grow their own will have a hard time finding many of the herbs--like "banana mint or "cinnamon basil"--in their local supermarket, but Barrett includes numerous recipes using widely available herbs such as basil, tarragon, and thyme.

As admirable as Barrett's adventurous use of herbs in sweet dishes is (try the Chocolate-Chip Basil Batter Bread or Blackberry-Thyme Crumbcake), the savory dishes work best. Basil-Blue-Cheese Fritatta, Smoked Cheddar and Chive Grits, and Sage, Thyme, and Apple Sausage will prove irresistible to discerning palates. Many of the recipes challenge the very idea of standard breakfast fare: Banana-Basil Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies or Chocolate, Cranberry, and Lavender Bread Pudding, for example. And who ever thought of soup as a breakfast food? Lemon Basil-Blackberry Soup with Basiled Nectarines or Lemon Mint-Cherry Chilled Soup might just make a few new believers.

From refreshing fruit frappes to sweet baked goods and savory egg dishes, this dazzling collection covers every type of morning meal. Make-ahead muffins and scones are perfect for busy mornings, smoothies can be whipped up quickly and consumed on the go, and pancakes, waffles, and omelets make splendid brunch party fare. Jellies, jams, sauces, curds, and other "Final Touches" will add a taste of elegance to any meal. Morning Glories will have breakfast lovers experimenting with flavor combinations they never dreamed of: pineapple and basil, sage and pears, lavender and apples, chocolate and tarragon, and much more. The results--at once unexpected and comforting--are sure to please. --Robin Donovan

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Barrett's first book was Desserts from an Herb Garden, and there are quite a few recipes for baked goods and other herb-scented treats sweet enough for dessert in her new cookbook. But there are also recipes for Sage Buttermilk Biscuits, Lemon Verbena Waffles, and many other savory dishes for breakfast or brunch. Some call for more exotic herbs such as lime balm or banana mint, but overall there is a good balance between common herbs and those that may be difficult for non-herb gardeners to find. For most collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312252242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312252243
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,719,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By skrattypants on May 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Ms Kebschull Barrett does it again. If you enjoy herb gardening and cooking as much as I do, you'll find endless inspriation in this title as well as her earlier book, "Desserts From an Herb Garden". The applications for cooking with herbs stretch much farther than salads and main courses, as these books show with delicious imagination. I used a combination of both to prepare an Herbal Tea event recently; the recipes are easy yet have a subtle impact--my guests were thrilled with the effect (and the taste!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2001
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If you're tired of the same old waffles, muffins,scones and cakes, give Morning Glories a try--I've only had the opportunity to make the Blackberry Thyme crumbcake, but it's definitely worlds apart from the same old coffee house fare--there are alos recipes for soups and beverages. The recipes are really easy, and I enjoyed the author's insights into problem herbs. Living in the Northwest, her Southern slant on ingredients and style is kind of like taking a brief vacation from the rain and clouds.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Wyman on December 29, 2001
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I find the recipes feature strange combinations of herbs and fruits, etc. that are more for effect than for taste. The desire to be original should not supercede having the food taste good. I found very few recipes that I would make for guests, even though I love fresh herbs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RosemaryHill on January 29, 2012
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Wonderful, practical ideas that use common, easy to obtain (or grow yourself) herbs. If you are looking for recipes that will impress your guests with little fuss, this is the book for you. Includes growing tips for over twenty herbs, harvesting and cooking instructions, with suggestions for substitutions as well. You have to try the Baked Pineapple with Basil!
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I was drawn to the imaginative combinations of herbs and fruits. Some were a bit overpowering when I baked them, so while I recommend this book, I would also say, reduce the amounts of the strong herbs until you are certain you love the flavors.

For example, I made the Nectarine-Stuffed French Toast, which had 1/4 c. basil. I liked the basil, but an 8-yr older taster thought it was a little "weird."

Another consideration is you probably will have to grow some of these herbs yourself, unless you live near a major city with a killer farmer's market. Most of the herbs named simply aren't available in my local grocery, Whole Foods or Fresh Market.

Still, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I give it a 4 out of 5 for creativity!
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