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The Breakfast Book Hardcover – August 12, 1987


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (August 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394555295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394555294
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Celebrates the simple pleasures of a good breakfast with 288 recipes for traditional favorites, devises new approaches to old breakfast dishes, and creates some 40 breakfast menus guaranteed to make the first meal of the day the best.

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I picked this book up at a library book sale and I'm so glad I did!
Deborah Verlen
Very highly recommended, especially for a modest budget and a big appetite for big breakfasts.
B. Marold
There are so many recipes in the book I'm looking forward to trying.
Kate Stam

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144 of 146 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This durable classic was written by one of the better known names among American cookbook authors, who apprenticed with James Beard and supervised the rewrite of the Fannie Farmer cookbook. The book endures by providing a super coverage of a neglected culinary subject. While there are dozens of books with chapters on breakfast dishes, there are only a small handful of books devoted exclusively to breakfast written in the last 20 years. This book, neatly typeset, edited, and designed by the Alfred A. Knopf crew, should grace your shelf for a long time, even if your space is limited.
This book among my favorite types of cookbooks to own, as it gives you easy access to a great number of recipes on a single subject. This is even better than books on fish or red meat or potatoes or chicken, as it covers a wide range of recipes for all flavors available to a single meal. And, Ms. Cunningham does touch all the bases. Her chapter titles are:
Yeast breads such as American White Bread.
Toasts, French Toast, and Breakfast Sandwiches.
Quick Breads such as biscuits, cornbread, scones, muffins, and fruit breads.
Cereals, hot such as oatmeal and corn, such as granola
Doughnuts and Fritters
Griddling, as in pancakes and waffles
Eggs, as in boiled, omelets, frittatas, souffles, baked, scrambled, poached, fried, and so on
Fruit Fixing, as in applesauce, poached apples, stuffed pears, fresh juices, rhubarb, pineapple, mango, etc.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This cookbook is fabulous. I have given as gifts numerous times, and have been told by each recipient that it is the favorite cookbook! I have even bought this cookbook used to give as a gift when it was out of print for awhile! The pancakes and waffles are terrific, and the other recipes are great, lots of new and old things to try. I am a collector and I have one thing to say: Buy it! This is a must have cookbook!
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By D. A. DIMARTINI on January 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Marion Cunningham taps into everyone's nostalgia for breakfast foods beyond cereal or scrambled eggs. The recipes are straightforward and feature a wide variety of tastes and types. Ms. Cunnigham's book reads as if she was a favorite aunt sharing her recipes.

Cunnigham also edited the new edition of Fannie Farmer's time-honored cookbook; she is a thoughtful writer and has a keen sense of how food fits into our modern lives. Her recipes are varied and you're sure to find something that you've never tried before but might want to.

A real pleasure and the 1 book you might want to have in your cookbook collection for breakfast.

PS - The recipe for Cream Biscuits (attributed to James Beard is a real winner and unbelievably simple to make.

Enjoy!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Julie Mooney on January 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The real value in Miss Cunningham's books is her wholesome attitude to what cooking really means to all of us. As a young mother I repeatedly checked out The Breakfast Book at our local library, searching and reading it each time. Without preaching or or belaboring the point I learned of the gentle art of serving your family and creating a family table that bound us together. My copy of this cookbook has notes, and drips, and is yellowed and stained. It falls open on the gingersnap recipe because the spine is broken in that spot. This simple cookie recipe has become full of memories for my husband, children and their friends as well. Other recipes in this little book look just as bad. It's been borrowed, copied, coloured in by a naughtly two year old [who is now a handsome young man] and is so dear to my heart that I could not bear to part with it in favor of a newer copy. It has, like the Velveteen Rabbit, become real. I would like to paint her rules of deportment on my breakfast room wall.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By heartablaze1 on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I collect breakfast cookbooks (yep, there are TONS out there!) but Marion's book has become one of my absolute faves: stained, dog-eared and notated. The Dried Fruit Cream Scones are excellent as are the Shirred Eggs, but her recipe for Pulled Bread (the easiest recipe in the world!) made me a fan for life. Many recipes have variations, and chapters consist of everything from breads to meat, as well as accompaniments including spreads and beverages and pies! Many of the recipes are ways to use up leftovers and hail from times past; don't look for new-fangled fusion cooking here, as Marion has strong opinions about not "startling" anyone that early in the morning. This is comfort food, folks, tried and true.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I just loved the fantastic recipes. Easy as pie to follow, yet the dishes turn out restaurant quality. My husband says this is the best eating since our bed and breakfast tour of Sonoma/Napa.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lisanne Miller on January 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is my new bible for everything from the best biscuits my husband has had since his mother's to baking mini bundt cakes for gifts that are moist, delicious and use ingredients I already have in my kitchen cupboards! I have yet to make a bad receipe from this book. Some of the main dishes can subsitute for a light supper! Hats Off To A Job Well Done!
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