I am of the solid opinion that there is no dish that an egg will not make better. Apparently, Lara Ferroni thinks so too — a girl after my own heart. Her latest book is the aptly named Put An Egg On It, and in it, she offers up ideas for everything from egg-topped breakfast bowls to maple meringue doughnut holes (yup, you read that right). Fellow egg-lovers, you're going to want this one on your holiday gift list.
• Who wrote it: Lara Ferroni
• Who published it: Sasquatch Books
• Number of recipes: 70
• Recipes for right now: Savory Oatmeal with a Basted Egg, Nachos with Eggs, Baked Mini Pumpkin Pots, Brussels Sprouts Hash, Tomato Risotto with Poached Duck Eggs, Maple Meringue Doughnut Holes
• Other highlights: The beauty of the egg is that it's an endlessly versatile ingredient, something that Lara Ferroni underscores again and again in this book. She doesn't just put eggs on things, of course, she also pickles them for salads, serves them hard-boiled with vegetables, whips them into airy desserts, and even shakes them into cocktails. Her recipes are diverse and endlessly creative, from basic comfort foods (egg sandwiches and kimchi fried rice) to the slightly bizarre (scrambled egg-topped hot dog?!).
If your egg skillz are a little rusty, Ferroni has a detailed back-to-basics section at the beginning of the book. I love her simple, clear photos of things like cracking an egg, the stages of egg hardness, and the technique for flipping an egg over-easy. If you're new to cooking on your own, this section and a hot pan are all you need to get started.
Through it all, there's Ferroni's signature voice, that combination of good humor and straight talk that has bolstered her readers through both of her previous books, Doughnuts and Real Snacks. As with those books, her recipes here are written with just enough detail so you know what to do but not so much that they start to feel complicated.
• Who would enjoy this book? Anyone who chuckled or nodded knowingly when they read the title to this book. Also, new chefs — learning all the ways to cook an egg is one of the very best places to start learning your way around a kitchen. Plus, if you have an egg, this book is proof that you'll have the start to a great meal.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Put An Egg On It by Lara Ferroni
• Visit the author's website: Lara Ferroni
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