Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Book Review: Breakfast for Dinner

Shakshuka (eggs poached in tomato sauce) from Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth

Show of hands, please: How many of you cooks out there, while perusing fridge and pantry for dinner inspiration, come across more breakfast ingredients than dinner ingredients and ask yourselves, surely what's good for breakfast should be just as good for dinner?  I'll bet there are many of you.

Well, bloggers Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth, of Love and Olive Oil, have taken that idea multiple steps further and have written a delightful cookbook that is all about having Breakfast for Dinner, which was released  just yesterday and is now on bookshelves waiting for you to pick up and take home to your kitchen.

When I received my review copy in the mail several days ago, the first thing that impressed me was how well put together this cookbook is, with beautiful photography that accompanies each recipe and easy-to-read recipes that each fit on a single page.

The book is neatly sectioned into categories beginning with Getting Started, which shows you what Lindsay and Taylor keep in their fridge and pantry as basics, to, well... getting started.  From there, it's right into the recipes:  Mains, Sides and Starters, Drinks, and Desserts, with several how to sections on making a few of the recipe ingredients (for example, the simple sweet crepes that are used in a bananas Foster crepe cake!) ahead of time.

From Steak and Eggs Benedict to Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes, and an impressive bacon-infused Bourbon cocktail somewhere in the middle, I found this book to be delightfully whimsical while offering impressive recipes made with accessible ingredients.

Last night I served the Shakshuka, photos above, to my family and received eye-popping raves. A well-stocked kitchen will have most or all the ingredients already on hand:  eggs, good-quality canned diced tomatoes, a few herbs and spices, some zesty fresh peppers and a bit of feta cheese. Simple, easy, and delicious.

This weekend I'll be making the Cornmeal Pancakes with Beer-Braised Short Ribs and an Earl Grey Panna Cotta for dessert.  And if that sounds good to you, I suggest you buy this book. Now.

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  1. I love the idea of breakfast for dinner. Your description of the cookbook and the meal you made is very enticing-sounding. I'm definitely interested in the book. Thanks for this review.

  2. Now that is my kind of dinner. Or breakfast. Or whatever. ;) Especially since our hens are laying about a dozen eggs a day. What a lovely review - sounds like a great book!

  3. I absolutely love breakfast for dinner... I never take the time to make the good stuff in the morning, but I love it. Think I'll do it tonight!

  4. Christine - I fell in love with shakshuka in Israel last summer - such a lovely, lovely, lovely dish and so versatile! The book sounds like a great collection of recipes, thank you for the shout-out!

    Farmgirl Susan - lucky you, we only get 3-4 eggs a day (but then we only have 5 chicks. Now that our family has 5 members already, perhaps we should increase the size of our flock :D)

  5. Last summer we had an intern from Saudi Arabia and she introduced us to shakshuka. Absolutely delicious. Especially with farm fresh eggs and veggies straight from the garden!

  6. I love breakfast for dinner! It's one of the certain things I can usually order when eating out gluten free. However, this recipes tops any breakfast I've ever had. Well maybe close to egg benedict. Meanwhile, great review. Great recipe! Will keep this book in mind.

  7. Yum. Breakfast for breakfast has always struck me as odd - bacon and sausage and egg dishes seem like far too much of a strain on a barely-awakened stomach. For dinner, on the other hand, they're perfect.

  8. Oh, my! I cannot believe it has taken me so long to respond to you dear readers. Thank you Paz, Susan, Katie, Pille, Bill, Carla, and Martha for your kind and thoughtful comments. If I EVER get to blogging again, I will try to be more thoughtful in kind.


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