When I received a copy of Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth’s (the dynamic duo behind Love and Olive Oil) new cookbook, Breakfast for Dinner, I squealed with delight. Then, I locked myself in the bedroom and read the whole thing, cover-to-cover.
When it comes to breakfast, I’d like to consider myself a die-hard fan. Have you clicked on my “What’s For Breakfast?” tab lately? In fact, I eat “breakfast” for at least two meals a day, probably four days a week. I love it. I love a beautifully cooked egg, a mix of savory and sweet flavors, and I love that it can be so comforting.
This being said, I was extremely impressed by Breakfast for Dinner. Trust me, it’s not all eggs and French toast, though both of those breakfast stars make impressive appearances here.
Landis and Hackbarth incorporate so many cultural inspirations into their diner-formatted pages. Dishes like “Loco Moco,” “Huevos Rancheros” and “Coroccan Chicken” all get an updated flavor profile while keeping the familiarity of them that we all love. For example, the Moroccan pastilla*, described as “sweet and savory meat pies laced with cinnamon and wrapped in phyllo-like dough” becomes Moroccan Chicken Cinnamon Rolls, wrapped in a spiral of puff pastry.
Every component of every dish is broken down into componenets that can be made and enjoyed all on their own (like Tomato Peach Jam, highlighted with the Parmesan Beignets recipe). Also, the more unusual ingredients are always described on the side, along with where to find them or what to substitute them for.
I can hardly wait to try the Shakshuka (Middle Eastern poached eggs in rich tomato sauce) or the beautiful Greek Baked Eggs.
I also love that subtle breakfast flavors are incorporated into the desserts section. From Vietnamese Iced-Coffee Pops to Chocolate Maple Fudge Sauce, there are countless items I wish Lindsay would come over and make for me (oh fine, I’ll make them myself).
Overall, the book is beautiful. The photography is simple, bold, and appetite-inducing (Landis and Hackbarth did all of the photography for the book too) and the fonts and layout of the pages are reminiscent of a country diner I wish was down the street from me.
Want to win a copy of Breakfast for Dinner (it doesn’t even go on sale until February 12th)??
**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, THANK YOU**
To enter: Leave a comment telling me your ideal breakfast meal (pretend you don’t have to make it!).
I’ll pick a random lucky winner on Sunday and send a copy of this beautiful cookbook to you!
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