Here at my house we eat a lot of eggs, a few years ago I decided I wanted to get some chickens, because it would much so much cheaper than buying the huge amount of eggs at the big box stores. Well, my poultry dreams haven’t exactly come true, but they have certainly been reignited. I had the opportunity to spend some time pouring over the new book The Perfect Egg: A Fresh Take on Recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park who you may know from their foodie blog Spoon Fork Bacon. Where they share their amazing recipes and gorgeous food photography, I swear these stunning foodie pictures could make you gain some weight just by looking at them.
Just last week they released their second cookbook, The Perfect Egg. This book is packed with some incredibly gorgeous photographs, I was in love when I opened the cover and saw the pictures. After all, my least favorite part about cooking magazines and cookbooks is when the recipes do not have pictures. I want to see what it should look like. So I can drool over the potential meals I now have the instructions to make. I think it is pretty safe to say the more pictures the better, and you my friend are in luck, because Jenny has taken some artful photos.
I love how this book is all about eggs, but eggs morning, noon and night. Some of my favorite things about this book, Egg 101: Basics – there are 17 pages dedicated to cooking techniques, sauces and condiments, pasta doughs, and breads.
The recipe that literally had me getting giddy and running to the cupboards to see if I had everything on hand – Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. The girls love these rolls and seriously we always have them on hand, so to be able to make them is amazing.
Another favorite for me is that this book is not what you would expect, yes there are traditional egg recipes, but they have a twist to them. For example, quiche; there are nine variations to their standard recipe, and not taking up nine pages of the book, but just one! Same with Fritatta, there are also nine variations you can choose from.
These are unique and delicious, so much so that you should not look at this book if you are hungry, I was incredibly disappointed when I got only 40 pages in and was running to the kitchen to see if I had the ingredients to make Huevos Rancheros because the picture well it’s delicious – to my dismay I did not.
Let’s talk about the snacks/afternoon portion of the book, again you will find classic recipes with more modern variations – eggs salad and deviled eggs (perfect when you consider you will be dying a ton of eggs in just a matter of weeks). Another aspect to this book that is wonderful is that Teri Lyn and Jenny love to travel and there are recipes inspired by their travels throughout the book. What I love even more is that this cookbook has a personal feel to it in that Teri Lyn and Jenny write little notes to you at the top of the recipes, much like you would tell a friend before you shared a new recipe with them about where you got it, what you were doing there and why you like it. Which for me, makes it so much more fun and reminds me of their blog, which I love.
The only person who I suspect would not like this book is someone who doesn’t like eggs, and for you non-egg eater I suggest you try one of these recipes: Blackberry-Stuffed Croissant French Toast, Corn and Green Onion Fritters with a Bacon-Honey Drizzle, Spaetzle with Swedish Meatballs, Vanilla Bean Semifreddo Bars or Peaches ‘N’ Cream Cake.
Trust me when I say you will want to do two things really quickly – get yourself a chicken coop and stock it full of hens and get this book before Easter so you can make the most of the brightly colored deliciously delightful eggs.
Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. However, the thoughts and opinions about this book are my own.