Cookbook Review: The Perfect Egg a Fresh Take on Recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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I have been a follower of the authors’ blog, Spoon Fork Bacon, since its beginning and was really excited to get The Perfect Egg. Our family eats a lot of eggs so we’re always looking for new recipes. First of all, the photography is beautiful and makes all the dishes look so delicious.

Broken into five sections, this book covers general information about eggs, egg basics such as cooking techniques, and then dives into three chapters of recipes for morning, snacks, and evening.  I never knew there were so many egg techniques and have really enjoyed reading about other methods besides poaching, boiling, and scrambling.  The authors also included many basic recipes for sauces, pasta dough, and breads as well as new dishes that I'm not familiar with like bhurji, khai yat sai, gyeran bbang, gochu jeon, chawanmushi, avgolemono soup, quindim, and foi thong.

Breakfast is one meal that we don’t skip so we gravitated toward the morning recipes. We have only made the blackberry stuffed croissant French toast, buttermilk pancakes, Dutch baby, and cranberry cornmeal cookies.  With some minor adjustments, they have all turned out very good. I did notice that some of the recipes called for extra sugar and butter in places that didn't really need them so we scaled back on those ingredients.  I’m waiting for a long weekend to try the more involved recipes like brioche buns and challah since I don’t have much experience baking bread. Our son's favorite egg dish is chawanmushi (steamed egg custard) so I gave it a try.  It was simple to make and he ate it two days in a row, something unusual for a toddler by the way.  Other recipes that I look forward to making are okonomiyaki, poached yolk-stuffed ravioli, tea eggs, peaches and cream cake, and beignets.

Overall, this book is well-designed with many gorgeous photos, solid recipes and clear instructions to get that delicious result. One picture for each recipe is a big plus for me.  I was happy to see a variety of recipes from different cultures but wish there were more. The Perfect Egg is a comprehensive book for anyone interested in basic egg recipes as well as new egg dishes.

*Some of the dishes that I made from this book are posted on my instagram account if you're interested in how they turned out
*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher

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