“Breakfast For Dinner” Cookbook Review and a GIVEAWAY

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.


These Greek Baked Eggs look so amazing!

These Greek Baked Eggs look so amazing!

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)??


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!

For additional entries (leave a separate comment for each entry):

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  1. says

    I am such a huge breakfast fan and would eat breakfast food for every meal of the day. This cookbook looks amazing. My ideal meal would be huge – so it’s a good thing I’m not eating it.

    Pancakes for sure and probably bacon and eggs over easy.

  2. says

    Oh boy. My ideal breakfast would be a stack of fluffy pancakes with sausage and plenty of maple syrup. And a way to ensure the carb coma does not occur after eating it all.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! It looks like a great book!

  3. Chelsea Conover says

    My husband and I are huge breakfast fans but we always end up eating the same things. I want either egg gravy or a delicious stack of belgian waffles with eggs and bacon. Yum!

  4. says

    What a beautiful book! And I, too, love breakfast foods and eat oatmeal at least twice a day. I also love the more decadent breakfasts, but not usually in the morning for some reason. [I don’t really like a heavy meal to start the day I guess.]

    I think I’d take a “with benefits” day in my veganism and request Eggs Benedict on a toasted English Muffin with a crabcake, roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, and spinach underneath. Hollaindaise present, but on the side.

    P.S. Eggs poached in tomato sauce is AMAZING. There is a traditional Spanish dish that looks similar I’ve made before. It’s called “Eggs in Purgatory.”

  5. jamie bothen says

    I eat unconventional breakfasts a lot- I love to have broccoli and cauliflower w/ tuna all mixed together with a curry dressing. Otherwise it’s traditional egg whites & lean turkey.

  6. Samantha Remington says

    French toast with seasonal fruit and maple syrup and another dish of a tofu-hashbrown casserole (tastes better than it sounds!). ssremington(at)gmail.com

  7. Renee G says

    My ideal breakfast would be a small warm cinnamon roll, orange juice and lots of fresh fruit.

  8. says

    My family can eat breakfast for dinner every night and be happy. They LOVE scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast or french toast or waffles for dinner. But I’d love to get more ideas from the book!

  9. Reegan says

    There’s sooo many choices that spring to mind for my ideal brekky!!
    Peanut butter waffles or pancakes topped with icecream, maple syrup and peanut brittle sprinkled on top :) … Loved your review of the book!! Sounds amazing!!

  10. Erin says

    I love to make whole wheat pancakes loaded with shredded carrots and raisins. It’s like having carrot cake for breakfast!

  11. says

    I had a beautiful breakfast one day in Las Vegas while I was on vacation…french style-I think? Eggs scrambled to what seemed beyond fluffy, roasted fingerling potatoes (so cute!) and fresh bread with homemade jam. Simple, but done so right!

  12. says

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