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The Fresh Egg Cookbook: From Chicken to Kitchen, Recipes for Using Eggs from Farmers' Markets, Local Farms, and Your Own Backyard Paperback – January 31, 2012
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Plus, I bought this in Kindle and would have preferred a linked index or something to permit me to find recipes faster. As it is, I have to scroll through each chapter to locate the actual recipes, and that means working past a lot of information and photos that don't interest me because they pertain to raising chickens or the author's family anecdotes. It's just irrelevant. (Unless you are interested in raising your own chickens.) Some of the recipes call for raw eggs, which the author explains that you can safely eat if you're raising your own chickens, but that puts those recipes off-limits to those of us still buying grocery-store eggs.
So, if you are looking for lots of creative, beyond-the-basics recipes for grocery-store eggs, and you don't want any extraneous content to get in your way, this book might not match up with your needs. On the other hand, it's well-written. If you buy this book in paperback so you can flip through it fast to the recipes, or if you are considering raising chickens for the first time, and you don't have any experience with that or with cooking eggs, you'll probably love this book. It gives lots of chicken raising facts, and gives you a feel for the homesteading culture. The recipes, though basic, are sound and will give you a good running start.
Chapters include Classics, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Egg-Cess, Vegetarian Dishes, and Desserts. The Baked Eggs in Tomatoes were great and made a nice change for lunch. Other recipes I hope to try soon are Gruyere & Broccoli Quiche, MJ's Egg Casserole, and Friday Night Frittata.
The many color photographs are a plus although I would have liked to see more photos of the actual recipes rather than baskets of eggs, chickens, chicken figurines, and the author's family. It isn't that those photos aren't charming, but it is a cookbook so seeing more of the recipes would be preferable. The other downside with this book is that it doesn't lay open when trying to use a recipe. It would be perfect if it was spiral-bound.
Those two issues aside, I do like this cookbook and plan on trying many of the recipes.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
The chapters outline the "Classics" of egg use in condiments like mayonnaise and Bearnaise sauce, then onto the meals. The ranges of soft- to hard-boiled eggs to the Tex-Mex migas, fried egg sandwiches to a wild mushroom ragout with poached eggs will please many. Thompson also gives ideas for what to do with those big excesses, with recipes for deviled eggs and pickled eggs. Chapters on vegetarian dishes and desserts round out the recipes. Interspersed in the chapters are vignettes about her own experiences with raising chickens. Colorful photographs of both family and food provide a great backdrop to the text.
The Fresh Egg Cookbook is a welcome addition to specialized cooking manuals. By no means exhaustive, a nice range of recipes is included. While most of the text is devoted to the meals that can be made, the personal stories are fun and make a great addition to an already lovely cookbook.
There are beautiful photographs throughout not only of the recipes but also the author's chickens, home and family. The recipes are interspersed with a bit of a backstory and also information about raising your own chickens.
I have tried three recipes already: Huevos Rancheros, Shirred Eggs and Mayonnaise. All three were very easy to prepare, used basic everyday ingredients, were clearly and consisely written and turned out just beautifully. I am excited to try even more of the recipes in this great little cookbook.
Well worth the money, even if I hadn't gotten a complimentary copy from the publisher. I highly recommend this book.
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I'm searching for non-food ideas for eggs, since I'm getting more than we can use, and this book didn't provide that. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Langley
Purchased as a birthday gift for my friend who has 16 chickens. She is loving it so far!Published 4 months ago by nicosolovely
Good recipes,nicely put together and photos very well done.Published 11 months ago by M. Christianson
It is well written and the recipes I've tried were good.
The only problem is that she writes so engagingly bout chickens that I wish I still live in a place I could have some.
This book is so charming and entertaining that it almost makes me want to raise chickens. Almost, but not quite, so I am just as happy to have the book's wonderful collection of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Wende Mate
I enjoyed looking at the hens, they are adorable!! Well written books with interesting stories. I'll try them very soon!
What a happy family!