Books on Breakfast

Books on Breakfast

Emily Han
Apr 5, 2010

Looking to expand your breakfast repertoire? These are some of our favorite breakfast cookbooks, with a little something for everyone, whether you wish to master the basics, indulge in comfort food favorites, or be inspired by fresh new ideas.

The Big Book of Breakfast: Serious Comfort Food for Any Time of the Day by Maryana Vollstedt (Chronicle Books) lives up to its title with over 300 recipes for dishes both savory and sweet, including eggs, casseroles, French toast, pancakes, breads and cakes, meats, potatoes, beverages, and more. The focus is on recipes that are easy to follow, whether you're cooking for two or a crowd. Although the lack of photographs is a real detriment, this is still a great, comprehensive resource. (

Breakfast & Brunch: Delicious Recipes to Start the Day by Tonia George (Ryland Peters & Small) contains over 100 enticing recipes with numerous photographs by Jonathan Gregson. Herbs, spices, and fresh flavors abound in dishes like Herb Fritters with Fried Eggs & Sumac Tomatoes, Grapefruit & Cardamom Marmalade, Gingerbread Waffles with Strawberries, Potato & Rosemary Pancakes with Bacon & Honey, and Dairy-Free Coconut Pancakes with Lime Syrup & Mango. (

The Breakfast Cookbook by Marion Cunningham (Gramercy) is classic book that covers everything from yeast breads to breakfast beverages. Dana wrote about this much- beloved book earlier today; check out her post if you haven't already! (

The Good Egg: More than 200 Fresh Approaches from Breakfast to Dessert by Marie Simmons (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) reaches beyond the morning meal, but the egg is so central to breakfast, and this book is such a delightful read, that we had to include it. A winner of the James Beard Award, The Good Egg offers all the basics and science of egg cookery as well as classic and inventive recipes ranging from the Artfully Scrambled to the Seductively Stuffed. (

Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Café by Mollie Katzen (Hyperion) encourages readers to make breakfast a truly nourishing start to the day. Ingredients like whole grains, tofu, and vegetables bring nutrition and variety to the standard breakfast menu, while crowd-pleasing muffins, omelets, and pancakes make this accessible to everyone. Like all of Katzen's books, this one proves that healthy, vegetarian cooking can also be absolutely delicious. (

Morning Food: Breakfasts, Brunches and More for Savoring the Best Part of the Day by Margaret S. Fox and John B. Bear draws upon Fox's decades of experience at Northern California's Café Beaujolais. It's all about homey comfort fare that can be enjoyed any time of day, such as Buttermilk-Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Egg & Onion Fried Matzo, Sausage-Stuffed Apples ... and even Mom's Almost-Unbearably-Delicious Chocolate Fudge! (

Stonewall Kitchen Breakfast: A Collection of Great Morning Recipes by Jonathan King, Jim Stott, and Kathy Gunst (Chronicle Books) is written by the owners of Maine's specialty foods company. Color photographs and an easy-to-follow format make this a great book for all levels of cooks, and we're especially fond of the numerous compound butter recipes including flavors like Arugula-Lemon, Peach-Ginger, and Raspberry-Fresh Mint. (

We know there are many other breakfast-related books out there! What are some of your favorites?

Related: Morning Ritual: Jennifer Rakowski's Breakfasts

(Images: Chronicle Books,,,,, Random House, Stonewall Kitchen)

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