Summer Cookbooks 2013 – Part 1

by Irvin on June 17, 2013 · 79 comments

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Cookbooks Roundup Summer 2013 pt1 by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Here at the headquarters of Eat the Love (the tiniest one bedroom apartment in San Francisco) I have a terrible habit. It includes collecting cake stands, esoteric ingredients and cookbooks – lots and lots of cookbooks. This ridiculous collection of cookbooks is well documented here on the blog, but that has not stopped the influx of cookbooks coming my way. 2013, so far, has seen some great cookbooks released, and as much as I would love talk about each and everyone one them in a post, I can’t. So here’s part 1 of my 2013 cookbook round-up (in no particular order) that includes a giveaway! Be sure to stop by next Monday for Part 2 of the roundup (along with another cookbook giveaway). Details about what cookbook I’m giving away and how to enter, at the end of this post! [Sorry this giveaway is CLOSED]

Absolutely Avocado. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Absolutely Avocados by Gaby Dalkin

As much as I’m dubious of single subject cookbooks in my limited shelf space, I’ve got a soft spot for avocados (as well as a soft spot for the insanely talented Gaby Dalkin, author of the blog What’s Gaby Cooking). It all started when I moved to California 15 years ago and (avocados were completely foreign to me in St. Louis) and my friend introduced me to guacamole at a tacqueria. I can’t believe what I was missing in my life! With 80 recipes that range the full loaded chorizo gravy nachos to an avocado brownies to a number of guacamole recipes, Absolutely Avocados is absolutely awesome.

Modern Art Desserts. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Modern Art Desserts by Caitlin Freeman

I don’t talk about it much on this blog, but in a former life I was an artist, or at least I studied to be one (I would actually argue that I never was an artist but rather just an art student but that’s splitting hairs). I hold a bachelor’s of fine art in painting which comes surprisingly handy as a graphic designer, photographer and baker. So when I got Modern Art Desserts by Caitlin Freeman I was enamored with her take on desserts inspired by works of art. Operating out of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art café, every dessert Freeman creates not only looks beautiful but also have innovative flavor combinations that make my heart and soul sing. Though some of the dessert assembly seems daunting, clear step-by-step instructions are helpful for what would be a nice weekend baking project for people.

Bootleg Bakery. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Bootleg Bakery by Kiki Bee

Despite what some people think I’m not a big drinker. But I do love sneaking a little booze into my baked goods, whether it’s tequila, bourbon or even wine. Which made the slim little Bootleg Bakery cookbook all the more fun to leaf through. Full of alcoholic desserts inspired by the roaring 20s, each page is a whimsical interpretation of cocktails like the Old Fashioned, Refashioned cake, the Fluttering Green Fairy Cakes or the Limoncello Tartlets. With this book, happy hour is everday!

Patisserie at Home. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Patisserie at Home by Will Torrent

Pastry chefs are a funny bunch. Obsessive compulsive and anal retentive at the same time, they are an exacting group of people who love nothing more than to talk about the differences between Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla. Will Torrent is clearly one of those folks, with precision and passion, explaining basic techniques and recipes with clarity that makes even old pros sit up and pay attention. His book Patisserie at Home is a compilation of classic desserts like millefeille, éclairs, and tartlets all written with precise instructions for the home chef. French pastry art never looked so good or so easy to make.

Bake It Like You Mean It. Photo By Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Bake It Like You Mean It by Gesine Bullock-Prado

There are numerous cookbooks out there that explain how to bake a cake and decorate it, but there are few that explain how to make a gorgeous cake when you slice into it. With striped, layered and stacked cakes, each recipe not only shows how to make show stopping desserts but also innovative flavor combinations like Black Pepper and Black Cherry Marble Cheesecake or Drunken Figgy Pudding Log Cake. Sure each cake project looks like it would take two or three days (and probably have you up to your elbow in buttercream frosting) but the end result looks worth it.

I Love NY. Photo by Irvin Lin.

I Love NY, Ingredients and Recipes by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara

I have a confession. As much as I loved their previous book Eleven Madison Park, the entire book was utterly impossible to use. Thankfully their approach to this book, I Love NY seems the exact opposite. Broken down into chapters of ingredients, with stories about the farms around New York where the produce comes from, the recipes really focus on how to make each core ingredient shine. Instead of labor-intensive recipes within recipes (recipes to make the ingredients for a recipe are everyone’s pet peeve) the components in these dishes all seem easy to make. Though an occasional “chef” ingredient sneaks in (glucose? Citric acid?) 98% of the recipes are not only beautiful to look at but actually could be done in a regular household.

River Cottage Veg. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

River Cottage Veg by Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall

I know that it SEEMS like I live on sugar and butter but the sad reality is that I’m like most people. I try to eat relatively healthy and that means I try to eat more veggies. Normally this isn’t a problem as I have a healthy obsession with broccoli, summer squashes and leafy greens of all types but sometimes I get tired of the same old same old that I do day after day. Thankfully the River Cottage Veg cookbook came around, inspiring me with new recipes ideas, all focusing on vegetables. Beautiful, bright and slightly whimsical with cute illustrations, I know I’ll be reaching for the cookbook often.

The Adobo Road Cookbook. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The Adobo Road Cookbook by Marvin Gapultos

I’ll be honest when I tell you that other than chicken adobo and lumpia, I am not that familiar with Filipino food. Thankfully Marvin Gapultos is here to help educate. A former food blogger turned gourmet food trucker owner to cookbook author, Gapultos demystifies Filipino food, making it accessible for those who aren’t as familiar with the cuisine. Familiar dishes like fried chicken are given a nice Filipino twist with soy sauce, calamansi juice and coconut milk while classic Filipino dishes like chicken adobo are adapted into recipes like chicken adobo pot pie. I love me a good pot pie!

The Chinese Takeout Cookbook. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Diana Kuan

True confession time: I love cheap Chinese food. Hot and sour soup, General Tso’s chicken, and beef with broccoli all hold a place in my heart. These are all dishes that you find in any American Chinese restaurant but isn’t authentic at all. That’s OK though as I would occasionally eat it for lunch as a special treat for myself. But now that Diana Kuan wrote this book, I can make these dishes for myself at home without fear that some other local food blogger will come across me ordering Orange Chicken at the mall and look at me at scorn and threaten to out me to the rest of the food blogging world via instagram. It’s a tough life trying to keep up appearances.

Breakfast for Dinner. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis & Taylor Hackbarth

When I heard the premise behind Lindsay Landis’ second book, I was ecstatic as I happen to LOVE eating breakfast for dinner. Basically it’s an excuse for me to make waffles and bacon for dinner. But once I got ahold of her book I realized that breakfast for dinner is way more than waffles and bacon. From Sunny Side Up Burgers to Huevos Rancheros Tacos to Moroccan Chicken Cinnamon Rolls this cookbook pretty much had me impatiently waiting for dinnertime so I could have breakfast. Perhaps I should start waking up earlier in the day so I can actually have a proper breakfast. Hmmm…or not.

Homemade with Love. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Homemade with Love by Jennifer Perillo

I’m a bit in love with this book. Simple easy and intuitive recipes with coupled with gorgeous photos (super awesome Penny de los Santos shot the book) makes me pretty much want to curl up and read the book as if it’s a novel. The cookbook functions as a story of love and loss (Jennie lost her husband Mikey in 2011) but the core of the book, not to be overlooked, are the recipes. Simple and easy but creative and flavorful, each recipe seems crafted with thoughtful love. I especially love the little touches in the book like the icons that immediately identify recipes that are 30 minutes or less, vegetarian, vegan or make ahead. The beauty is in the details.

I’m giving away a copy of Lindsay Landis & Taylor Hackbarth’s Breakfast for Dinner! All you gotta do to enter is leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite breakfast thing is (preferably with a recipe or link, as I’m always on the look out for new things to make). Good luck!

The fine print – PLEASE READ
By leaving a comment below to enter, you are agreeing to the Official Rules.
▪ You must be over the age of 18.
▪ This contest is only open to U.S. Citizens. Sorry non-US people!
▪ The contest starts as of today, and will run until Thursday, June 20th, 2013, 9am PST.
▪ The retail value of the book is $19.95.
▪ The winner will be chosen by a randomly selected comment. All comments will be numbered and I will use to pick a random number.
▪ The number of eligible comments below determines the odds of winning.
▪ If there’s a problem with contacting the winner, I reserve the right to award everything to someone else randomly chosen. So in other words, make sure you type in your correct email address if you want the membership and respond within a week to me when I contact you or I’ll give everything to someone else.
▪ This book will be coming directly from me, which means, I can’t guarantee that I’ll get it to you in a timely fashion. Let’s face it, I’m totally lazy and have to package and send this stuff to you via UPS or USPS which means I have to actually go to the post office/UPS store. I’m hoping to get you the book in the next week, but if that doesn’t happen, expect the book in August. I’ll be out of town most of this summer…

Vanilla and Chocolate Marbled Bundt CakeThis giveaway is closed. Congrats to Jill, comment #75, for winning Desserts for Breakfast! Thanks and stop by on Monday for another one!

Special thanks to Ballantine Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Quirk Books, Running Press, Ryland Peters & Small, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Ten Speed Press, and Tuttle Publishing for providing review copies of their books. Even though the cookbooks above were provided without charge, I was not monetarily compensated and all opinions are my own.

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Meagan Warncke June 17, 2013 at 5:50 am

My fave breakfast is from an Austin restaurant, North by Northwest (NXMW). It’s a twist on Eggs Benedict that uses a crab cake in place of the English muffin. Pure heaven! Sadly, I can’t find a recipe online for it. 🙁


Kelly Schoenberg June 17, 2013 at 7:43 am

I love my bacon and fried egg panini.


Kirsten Coenen June 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

I love my egg mcmuffin that I make at home, but if I’m feeling naughty, I’ll go with a donut or cheddar chive scone…


Marie June 17, 2013 at 9:48 am

I am obsessed with breakfast tacos! I pretty much eat them for breakfast everyday. And coffee, of course 🙂


sami June 17, 2013 at 11:30 am

I am not much of a breakfast eater but do cook bacon and french toast for my husband on Sundays. Love sneaking a piece of bacon!


Zoi June 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

Nothing beats a freshly baked croissant!


Jyll June 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

My favorite breakfast is homemade cream biscuits with butter and jam!


Starr Bruner June 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

Huevos rancheros cannot be beat!


Sarah June 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Eggs Benedict. Hands down.


Manette Gutterman June 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm

My favorite breakfast is eggs in hell!


Sofie T. June 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Breakfast tacos. Strong coffee with just a bit of cream. Some sort of pastry with crisp edges.


marla June 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm

This is such a great cook book round up….I have some but will look for the others!!


Rachel Bates June 17, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Great selection of books! Absolutely Avacado looks delicious!


Sherill June 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Orange zest and thyme infused pancakes with a warm fruit compote and a bit of marscapone!


Stephanie June 17, 2013 at 1:57 pm

My favorite breakfast is a Dutch baby, made in our 9inch cast iron skillet. Heat the skillet in 400 degree oven with 2 tablespoons butter. While this is happening, beat 4 eggs with 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup milk. When the butter is melted, take the skillet out and pour the batter directly on top of the melted butter. Bake for 15 minutes until puffy and as browned as you want it. Top with fresh squeezed lemon juice and powdered sugar! This is also nice topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup, if you prefer 🙂 So easy and so good!!!


Chelsea June 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm

As soon as I saw the pile of cookbooks I hoped it was the breakfast for dinner one you were giving away! I adore B4D. Breakfast quesadillas are my current favorite: hash browns, scrambled eggs, pepperjack cheese, with a hefty scoop of guacamole on top. I want one right now.


Belinda @zomppa June 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Great compilation! I could totally get lost in your library. So…I have a first breakfast…and a second breakfast…Hobbit style.


Vanieca June 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I love waffles and bacon for breakfast!!!


Kelley g June 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I like a broccoli and Swiss omelette.


Leslie N June 17, 2013 at 9:15 pm

waffles with ice cream and strawberries


Leslie M June 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

My current favorite breakfast is the frittata recipe from River Cottage Veg. But migas is the all time favorite family choice. And for a simple breakfast, savory oatmeal never fails to satisfy.


Amy June 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm

All time fav is a green chile bacon breakfast burrito from any hole in the wall New Mexican breakfast joint. Enjoying this healthier option lately - with homemade dried strawberries instead of raisins.


Arlene T. June 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm

My favorite breakfast thing is waffles with scrambled eggs & sausage!


Anie U June 18, 2013 at 12:18 am

Pancakes made with fresh blueberries are my favorite way to start the day!


Miss Kim @ behgopa June 18, 2013 at 1:23 am

What a great collection you got there! Absolutely Avocados and Modern Art Desserts are the top two that caught my attention. I love avocados. I can’t believe you were oblivious to avocados before moving to cali! They are the best. And I am so fascinated with art masterpiece desserts. They are usually too pretty to eat, but wow… so impressive. I can imagine the bittersweet heartbreak from the tedious labor spent on a masterpiece dessert to watch it become demolished within seconds by extremely happy, appreciative people.


Holly June 18, 2013 at 1:41 am

I really love blueberry pancakes, but lately I’ve been enjoying these raspberry/chocolate pancakes from Joy the Baker.
In fact, I had them for dinner along with an omelette last night.


Nancy A. June 18, 2013 at 2:44 am

I love breakfast, my favorite meal of the day. My mom made us breakfast for dinner some when I was growing up and we loved it. Her favorite was pancakes and bacon. I love my yogurt with fruit. On some days, eggs and toast. Need to jazz it up a bit, I think.


Bat June 18, 2013 at 2:49 am

Ok… I’m a non-U.S. citizen, so I’m not in. *tsk* But… breakfast is one of my favorite topics (right before lunch, dinner, supper or snacks), so I’ll comment nevertheless.

I’m into different kinds of Kaiserschmarrn (lovely word for the English speaking, I think) – it’s a kind of pulled apart pancake.

(As you will have noticed, I’m not a native speaker – hopefully the recipe will be comprehensible non the less.)

4 eggs, separated
30 g sugar (around 1/8 cups)
375 ml milk (around 2 1/4 cups)
125 g flour (around 1 cup)
40 g butter (around 1/3 stick or 1/8 cup)
1 swig of maple sirup
1 handful of fresh sugar apricots
some powdered sugar (as decoration)

Make the batter:

Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and salt in in bowl until fluffy and pale yellow.
Gradually stir in the flour and the milk. Stand aside.

Clean and half the apricots, heat the butter in a pan and add the apricots.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff and fold them gently into the batter.

Drizzle the apricots with the maple sirup and toss them, to cover them evenly.

Lower the heat and add the batter. Fry until the underside is lightly browned. Turn over and fry until the other side also is browned. Tear apart into different sized chunks.

Arrange on a plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.



Amy Bui June 18, 2013 at 5:25 am

I have to break it down to my two favorites because it depends on if it’s a sweet day or a savory day.
On a sweet day, I love fluffy pancakes with lemon curd and a bit of raspberry puree.
On a savory day, I crave dungeness crab+avacado eggs benedict….ooohhh I’m salivating right now.
I love your blog…it makes me happy.


Yas N June 18, 2013 at 5:58 am

Contest entry: I am a large fan of almond butter waffles or any nut butter waffle really. The kind I make includes a mixture of buckwheat flour and nut flour to match the nut butter of choice (which for me just depends on what nuts I have on hand or which nut butter I feel like making).


KKim June 18, 2013 at 6:08 am

Potato Rosti + Steak or any kind of hash…like this one!


Heather June 18, 2013 at 6:25 am

I love finding great gluten and dairy free pancake recipes and these are currently my two faves — and they just happen to be from the same blog!

Vegan Banana Nut Muffin Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes


Emily June 18, 2013 at 6:47 am

My FAVE breakfast for dinner is eggs benedict. So so delicious!


Betty Ann @Mango_Queen June 18, 2013 at 6:49 am

What a great round up of cookbooks. I’m so happy to see a lot of my food writer friends in this list & I’m proud to say I own nearly all of these. Best of all, I am thrilled to see you included “The Adobo Road ” Cookbook by Marvin Gapultos @BurntLumpia. We are so proud of him and for bringing Filipino food to the forefront. Thanks for this informative piece, Irvin. You rock, my friend!


Teresa @SassySuburbanite June 18, 2013 at 6:54 am

Hey there. Well, you convinced me and I ordered the Chinese Take Out Cookbook before I’d even finished reading your post. I too love Chinese take out and can’t wait to make it at home. Thanks for the recommendation!


Carla June 18, 2013 at 7:14 am

I am boring for breakfast. My favorite thing is a good and heart crusty bread, good butter, good cheese and a nice cup of black coffee.


Janet Kemper June 18, 2013 at 7:17 am

My favorite were pancakes that I got at the Black Dog Tavern on Martha’s Vineyard. Other than those pancakes, it is usually French Toast or Breakfast burrito for me.


Nicole June 18, 2013 at 7:39 am

Favorite breakfast for dinner is waffles with apples and bacon folded into the batter with a fried egg on the side!!!


Hilary June 18, 2013 at 7:41 am

My perfect breakfast is at the Bunnery in Jackson Hole. OSM pancakes are the best. But in my real life 2 eggs over easy with bacon and toast.


Jen W June 18, 2013 at 7:55 am

I love breakfast too much to pick just one. French toast, eggs benny and huevos rancheros top my list.


marla June 18, 2013 at 8:33 am

my favorite is chicken and waffles!


Margie MacKenzie June 18, 2013 at 8:35 am

I think I’ll be purchasing a new book shelf for all the new cook books I now want!

My favorite breakfast is at Ann’s Coffee Shop in Menlo Park – 2 eggs, sunny side up, hash browns, bacon and sour dough toast. OK, now I’m hungry!


Nick @ Bakingbeardy June 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

I don’t typically do breakfast food for breakfast, but I’ve become pretty into pancakes since doing the expat thing – chocolate chip pancakes with maple syrup!


amy williams June 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

I love biscuits and gravy, bacon and eggs. So good for dinner!


Lindsey June 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

Peaches n’ Ricotta! it’s the perfect balance of nutrition in the AM 🙂


Erin R. June 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

Great list! That avocado book especially is on my short list. I bumbled into a sale at the little Mexican grocery store by my house last week and hauled home a big bag of avocados for $0.20 each. I’ll never get tired of squashing them up on toast or rolling them in tortillas, but I should find some new ideas for using them.


Samantha June 18, 2013 at 9:40 am

I’m a big fan of french toast and breakfast sandwiches!


Denise June 18, 2013 at 9:40 am

Love most breakfast foods. This recipe for Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes is a favorite:


Zan Caperton June 18, 2013 at 10:13 am

I love this recipe bu Ree Drummond for Migas. A breakfast favorite here in the Austin Tx area.


Mary Barrette June 18, 2013 at 10:18 am

My favorite breakfast is sautéed mushrooms with a slice or two of toast made from a yeast bread containing some type of dried fruit and nuts or seeds. This would be accompanied by a mug of hot Irish breakfast tea or a glass of same over ice , depending on the season.


Heather June 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

Poached egg over sauteed collards and quinoa.


Shannon June 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

go to breakfast of late has involved sprouted grain toast, smashed avocado, runny egg and hot sauce. but i forgot about this gem that includes even more of my favorite things:


Sue D. June 18, 2013 at 11:10 am

My favorite is pancakes with crispy bacon crumbled into them as they cook. My husband likes a fried egg in between, not me. Not exactly healthy, but it sure is tasty. Don’t forget the hot cup of coffee!!


Angela June 18, 2013 at 11:14 am

Huevos Rancheros Verde has been my favorite Breakfast for Dinner recipe for quite a while:


edward ang June 18, 2013 at 11:26 am

Believe it or not, one of my favorite breakfast for dinner items is a salami and avocado whole wheat toast sandwich. I’ve had it many a time in the am, and pm.


Corisa June 18, 2013 at 11:30 am
Angel June 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

Old Fashioned Blueberry Pancakes with Real Maple Syrup
I had the best pancakes ever in Vermont,they made them with the biggest blueberries on an old griddle and a big jug of pure maple syrup on the table
This is the recipe they use


Regina Chadwick June 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Taylor Ham, egg & cheese on a fresh bagel! Best Breakfast EVER!


Renee June 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm

An omelette where fresh tarragon is whisked into the eggs and then it’s given a sprinkling of goat cheese at that right moment to warm it before folding the omelette over and serving.


Kimberly June 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I love waffles, and I recently made a special cornbread waffle using this recipe: I added my own flavors by adding jalapeno and spinach, but I’m sure some cheddar cheese would be tasty as well! I didn’t add chili, but the fried egg on top is a must!


Darlene June 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I love a good skillet style breakfast, with homefries, onions, veggies and an over easy egg on top!


Jeanne Brooks June 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

My favorite breakfast for dinner is English fry-up: eggs, mushrooms, tomatos, sausages and fried bread. Eaten very infrequently.


Kathy June 18, 2013 at 6:38 pm

I love smashed avocado on toast for breakfast in the morning with salt and olive oil – yum!


Janis S. June 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Lately, I’m loving fresh tomatoes on 6 grain bread from my farmers market. But love Kathy’s idea of avocados above!


Melissa June 19, 2013 at 12:29 am

Red Flannel Hash 🙂


Jenn June 19, 2013 at 1:56 am

I absolutely love pancakes, can eat them any meal of the day 🙂


Katie M. June 19, 2013 at 2:32 am

What a perfect cookbook to add to the collection. I’m a sucker for breakfast – this recipe is the jam..pun intended! Straight from Waylynn Lucas’ LA donut-ery 🙂


Jeannine DiBart June 19, 2013 at 5:48 am

I am currently obsessed with egg white omlettes with spinach and goat cheese and a heft twist of black pepper. Yum!!


Rebecca June 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

At actual breakfast time, my favorite is Oatmeal (made with milk) with banana, cinnamon, blueberries and a spoonful of pumpkin puree.
For Breakfast-For-Dinner, I love pancakes with pure maple syrup and fresh fruit. I vary the recipe, but this one has never failed me (often I sub some WW flour for the AP):


[email protected] June 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm

During the week, my breakfast normally consists of steel cut oats and milk with a few blueberries and a cheese sandwich. On weekends, however, I cook up a couple of scrambled eggs and enjoy it with toast, butter, honey or jam!


Alisa June 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I’ve always been a sucker for fluffy Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. However, not much can beat the brioche French toast with grand marnier strawberries, rice krispies, chocolate hazelnut powder, maple syrup and banana cream dish that I had at The Restaurant at The Getty Center in Los Angeles


Sarah June 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I could eat Smitten Kitchen’s big cluster granola (from her book) ANY time of day, and I often do.


Kristin Satterlee June 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

In general I’m a savory breakfast girl, but I love a good pancake – and these, modified ever so slightly from a recipe from Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley, are better than good. They’re perfect. As you might guess from the title. 🙂

Excuse the flash photography – thankfully, I’ve learned a lot about taking pictures in the three years since I posted this. But I haven’t found a better basic buttermilk pancake.


[email protected] is How I Cook June 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I love all your new books! Can’t wait to check some of them out. Too bad you can’t start a library! In any case, I love breakfast for dinner and here is something I make a lot…


Jill June 20, 2013 at 1:14 am

For me, a comforting breakfast is a Filipino breakfast of tocino (sweet cured pork ), garlic fried rice and a fried egg. Its a bit rich so its definitely a weekend breakfast meal (even better as a 4th meal after a night of drinking!) But anything next to a side of crispy, well done hash browns and crispy bacon makes a killer breakfast.


Arthur in the Garden! June 20, 2013 at 7:28 am

Breakfast food is good any time of the day!


Rose June 20, 2013 at 7:55 am

You can never go wrong with a good breakfast taco! This one from Epicurious uses chorizo to wake up your taste buds. I am from Texas so of course there needs to be a healthy amount of salsa and hot sauce added on top.


Courtney @ Neighborfood June 28, 2013 at 7:50 am

What a great round up! You realize you’re really not helping me with my cookbook addiction, right?!


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