Since breakfast is the theme this week, I thought I'd dust off an old favorite cookbook to share with you: Marion Cunningham's The Breakfast Cookbook. This book has been on my bookshelf for years and has never failed me when it comes to authentic, fool-proof breakfast recipes.
Now well into her 80s, Marion Cunningham has been an inspiring grandmother figure to many cooks, some rather well-known. (Readers of Ruth Reichl's memoirs will remember how Marion mentored Ruth in food and in life, including how to overcome paralyzing fear in the final driving-over-the-Bay-Bridge scene in Tender at the Bone.) She is perhaps most famous for writing The Fanny Farmer Cookbook, but The Breakfast Cookbook shines bright in its own right.
The book is simple and straightforward, covering the classics as well as fun variations like English Custard with Rhubarb or Fresh Ginger Muffins. Starting with yeast breads and ending with a list of menus, Ms. Cunningham covers eggs, cereals, all things toast, quick breads, fruit, potatoes, sweets, hearty meat and fish dishes, and breakfast beverages. There is something innately trustworthy and satisfying about The Breakfast Cookbook. Much like breakfast itself!
First published in 1987, The Breakfast Cookbook is still in print, although perhaps a bit hard to find. But if you do, I highly recommend you take it off the shelf for a peek and see for yourself how fresh and relevant this book still is. And I would be quite surprised indeed if you didn't find yourself purchasing a copy to bring home. Your breakfast guests will be forever grateful!
Gourmet did a nice write up of The Breakfast Cookbook on their website last year.
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