Book Review: America's Best Breakfasts

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:41 AM

Friday, June 10, 2016

Rise and dine! If there’s one meal of the day to get passionate about—no matter where you’re from in this great land—it’s breakfast with all the fixings. Featuring down-home diners, iconic establishments, and the newest local hot spots, America’s Best Breakfasts is a celebration of two of this nation’s honored traditions: hitting the open road and enjoying an endless variety of breakfasts. Even without a road trip, you can re-create favorites that will satisfy any time of day:

Shrimp and Grits, Hominy Grill, Charleston
Croque Monsieur Sandwiches, Tartine, San Francisco
Kimchi Pancakes, Sunshine Tavern, Portland
Filipino Steak with Garlic Fried Rice, Uncle Mike’s, Chicago
Cannoli French Toast, Café Lift, Philadelphia
Brioche Cinnamon Buns, Honey Bee, Oxford
Morning Glory Muffins, Panther Coffee, Miami

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Another week, another cookbook! I just know y'all are shocked to the core! Okay, but who doesn't love breakfast? I go through periods when all I want is breakfast three meals a day...eggs, french toast, bagels, cereal...you name it, it's breakfast all the time! So when an entire cookbook about breakfast and the breakfasts done in yummy restaurants came up in my list, how could I possibly have said no?

Let's start with the things that I loved.  The pages were that lovely glossy finish which makes it easy for slightly messy cooks to carefully wipe down without destroying your book. This is almost a must in cookbooks for me so I was thrilled to see it. The photography in this book is absolutely gorgeous and really helps to make this cookbook a gem in the kitchen. I love that the recipes are clearly laid out and for the most part, ingredients are easily attainable. When you have recipes from some higher end restaurants, that can be a problem.

Now..for what I don't like about this book. To be blunt, it skips most of the country. I did a quick count on the map that's at the front of the book and only 20 states are represented, 21 if you count Washington D.C. This disappoints me. I'd have much rather seen something a bit more all encompassing than 8 recipes from the state of Florida. Surely people in Michigan or Arizona or some of the remaining states know how to throw together an awesome breakfast!

All in all, this is a great cookbook, just don't expect it to be a true representation of our culinary country!


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I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are my own and not influenced by my total lack of juice yet this morning. ;)

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