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Stonewall Kitchen Breakfast
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2009
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This is a cute little breakfast book and fantastic deal for the money. One of the nice things about this book is that there is a close-up photo for each recipe. This really helps with presentation sometimes. The recipes are all simple to make and rarely require hard-to-find ingredients.

I'm a big egg person so enjoyed many of these recipes such as Eggs Baked in Pancetta Cups and Provencal-Style Baked Eggs. And they have all the standard egg dishes too such as Scrambles, Omelets, , Frittatas, Benedicts, Huevos Rancheros, and Quiches, but each with nice new twist (e.g., Lobster with your Benes). There are also great tips on the basics of making omelets, poaching eggs, etc.

There are chapters with recipes for scones, muffins, coffee cake, granola, french toast, pancakes, fruit dishes, drinks, etc. And there even is a chapter on side dishes to accompany the main courses. I recently tried the Breakfast Corn Fritters, which is a variation on the pancakes and just loved them. It really is a complete breakfast book worth owning if you're a big breakfast fan like me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2009
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This book covers all of the bases from Quiche to Brioche French Toast. The Coffee Cake Buttermilk Muffins were a bit hit with my family. The recipe made a fluffy batter that allowed for moist and generously sized muffins We're making the Breakfast Pizza next. What a fun twist!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2009
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I have recently purchased Stonewall Kitchen's new cookbook, Breakfast. I love their new format and the photos are as terrific as ever. The recipes are guaranteed to get you out of the breakfast routine. I made the Spinach, Feta And Tomato Frittata today and it was outstanding, pretty to look at and better to eat. Can't wait to try more, definitely a keeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I think my favorite aspect of this cookbook is that it doesn't try to be an exhaustive catalog of a zillion omelets, pancakes, etc. There are already plenty of cookbooks that do that. Instead, it gives one or two of each main type of thing, with plenty of hints and tips for variations, customizing to your own tastes, etc. It's more of a book of alterable patterns than it is a book of specific recipes, and for cooks who enjoy experimenting, that's as good as gold.

Like most Chronicle cookbooks, the table of contents lists out individual recipes, making it easy to find what you're looking for. The paper is reasonably glossy and thick, able to withstand regular kitchen use. The photographs are gorgeous, and the layout is clean, clear, and easy to read.

The recipes are imaginative and creative without being too wild. They give you great ideas for ways in which you can jazz up traditional basic dishes, but by only giving you a few examples and suggestions they also encourage and support your own improvisation and creativity. The collection strikes a fantastic balance between simple, quick, easy recipes, and impressive recipes that'll make your guests drool (but that, frankly, really aren't all that complicated either). And the results? Oh, my, the results! They're consistently delicious, with nary an error that we could detect.

[note: review copy provided by publisher]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I know you are supposed to only read the recipe, and not look at the picture DEPICTING the recipe, but I can't help myself, and the pictures just make the food look so good.

I've made 3 items out of this cookbook and drooled over several others. My only criticisms are the inconsistent pictures (look at the eggs in pancetta cups-- what is shown in the picture as one serving would actually be two servings according to the recipe) which have distracted me twice thinking the portions were larger, and some of the annoyingly chichi ingredients, that the average person wouldn't find in their entire state-- like the unpronounceable Portuguese sausage, listed in a recipe with no alternate suggestions.

Those nit-picky items aside, they are very tasty breakfast recipes, and I cook breakfast for a living. However, recipes like the pancetta cups also do not cook the way the book indicates. Pancetta contracts while cooking, and does not make the nice, lacy edged cup shown in the picture. Anyone who has cooked pancetta or proscuitto knows that. Luckily, I sprayed the cupcake pan with canola oil before baking, or it would have taken a jackhammer to get the shrunken pancetta cups out of the pan.

Good food, but I'm not sure if anyone actually cooked at least one of the recipes.
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on December 5, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Excellent recipes for breakfast lovers. The book is full of color photos, which I love in a cookbook. I didn't find the recipes to be "too cheffy". It's approachable and full of brunch-type of special breakfasts. Try the strata, it's delicious.
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on July 22, 2010
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Love it, its simple and fast enough to try early in the morning. The fresh corn pancakes/fritters are out of this world.
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on October 27, 2014
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Beautiful photography and better recipes. Many have become main-stays in our house!
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on November 25, 2014
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This book came to me in excellent shape and a great cost!!
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on February 1, 2015
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A very nice book.
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