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The Big Book of Breakfast: Serious Comfort Food for Any Time of the Day Paperback – November 1, 2002

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"...recipes for every breakfast dish you've ever eaten at home, in a restaurant, or in your wild imaginings." -- Metropolitan Home, April 15, 2003

About the Author

Maryana Vollstedt is the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including The Big Book of Soups & Stews , The Big Book of Casseroles , What s for Dinner? , and Pacific Fresh . She lives in Eugene, Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Big Book of
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811833380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811833387
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
A great cookbook idea for a novice, new couple, or serious breakfast lover. It will encourage people to spend more time with a good breakfast, and perhaps with each other!
If you don't eat eggs, this book offers delicious alternatives (hot oatmeal with nuts,etc., meats, breads, even tofu dishes). If you love eggs, this book is a rich resource. I appreciate that in addition to recipes to be made while everyone is waiting (scrambled eggs), she includes recipes to make the night before, make a few hours before, etc.
This is an attractive cookbook with very easy-to-follow recipes and instructions. Her 'serve with' suggestions are for recipes also included in the book.
I wish it were hard-cover, because the larger width isn't ideal for reading other than on a table or countertop, and it has no photos, but the descriptions are tempting and I'm headed to the kitchen to try a few new recipes.
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To me this book is better than ok but much less than exceptional to deserve 5 stars. Ther are a fairly substantial number of recipes for all your key breakfast dishes such as eggs, omelletes, waffles, pancakes, stratas, quiches and more. The recipes overall are good, mostly simple and straightforward and some recipes are quite creative and original.

Whats missing here is photography. Not a single photo in the entire book. I personally like to see at least a few of the finished dishes to get a feel for the authors perspective. Take for example the Green Eggs and Ham. This is one that I would like to have seen in a colored photo and it would hav complimented the book.

Other than that observation, if you like breakfast and want to add some extra flair to your Sunday mornings, it's a good source for some new ideas.
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I have been working my way through several breakfast books and this has been one I have been turning to regularly.

Recipes I have tried and liked: Berry Slush, Orange Slush - both were easy and YUMMY! Smoked Salmon Omelettes, Farmer's Breakfast Casserole, Eggs Gratin, Sweet Spiced French Toast, Autumn Pancakes, Jiffy Buttermilk Pancakes, Oatmeal Buttermilk Waffles, Buttermilk Waffles,

Recipe tried, but needs tweaking: Apple Pie Pancakes. Tasted ok, but didn't look good - need to tweak this one.

Recipes I have bookmarked to try in the future: Orange Juice-Banana Smoothie, Lucy's Lemonade, Swiss Scramble, Scrambled Eggs with Sliced Tomato, Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, and Hazelnuts (though I foresee omitting the hazelnuts); Favorite Omelette; Zucchini, Tomato and Fresh Herb Omelette (can you tell I have an herb garden?
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This book far and away has been the best resource for fun new recipes that I have ever found.

The food I have made from this book has again and again left me so delighted with the treat I have just enjoyed. So many cookbooks call for so many ingredients and those ingredients are often times expensive. In looking for tasty new dishes that aren't too expensive for me, I have discovered some 3 ingredient and 4 ingredient cookbooks. These cookbook's recipes did not provide me with any where near as many A+ entrees as "The Big Book of Breakfast".

I am putting the rest of Maryana Vollstedt's cookbooks in my "cart" here at Amazon to save for later so that I can buy them when I can afford them.

There Cheers for Maryana Vollstedt!
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The recipe for Shrimp and Artichoke Strata is worth the price of the book alone. Although I have only made a few of the recipes (just got it before Christmas), everyone is wonderful. Many make-ahead recipes and different than the usual stratas. Stress-free recipes!
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I usually read the lowest reviews first but the reviews were so high I did not. BIG MISTAKE. The other 1-star review warned me. Pictures either inspire me or do not to experiment with a new recipe. "What is a [cook]book without pictures, said Alice."--Lewis Carroll
Evidently this is part of a "Big Book" series, so now I am warned.
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This book has some potentially great recipes, but some of the ingredients are missing from recipes, others are misspelled (noney butter, anyone?), and some ingredients get mentioned but not used. It's the kind of thing that a half-way decent editor could have caught. Not that the misspellings are a huge deal, but when added to everything else, it makes it hard to love this book. 3 stars for the good ideas and the variety of recipes, I just wish I could trust that the ingredients listed were correctly given.
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