The best cookbooks when you’re craving breakfast food

Who am I?

I am a New Englander, born and bred, 5th generation chicken keeper, and lifelong gardener. I currently live on a small farm in Maine where I raise chickens, ducks, and geese and grow all kinds of vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers. I love cooking and baking with fresh produce from my garden and fresh eggs from my chicken coop. Eggs, in particular, are a favorite ingredient of mine because they are so plentiful, versatile, delicious, and nutritious. Breakfast for dinner is obviously a favorite at our house. 


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The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook: Over 100 Fabulous Recipes to Use Eggs in Unexpected Ways

By Lisa Steele,

Book cover of The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook: Over 100 Fabulous Recipes to Use Eggs in Unexpected Ways

What is my book about?

Lisa Steele, fifth-generation chicken keeper and founder of the popular blog Fresh Eggs Daily, knows a thing or two about eggs. And she's ready to show you just how easy and delicious it can be to make eggs a staple of every meal.

Lisa will tell you everything you don't know about eggs and bust some common egg myths. From there, she provides you with foundational techniques for cooking with eggs. And finally, Lisa shares her go-to recipes for everything from breakfast staples. You'll encounter a wide variety of both sweet and savory dishes with Lisa's unique twists. Read The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook to discover new and exciting ways to incorporate fresh eggs into your cooking and baking repertoire each and every day.

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Sunny-Side Up: More Than 100 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes from the Essential Egg to the Perfect Pastry

By Waylynn Lucas,

Book cover of Sunny-Side Up: More Than 100 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes from the Essential Egg to the Perfect Pastry

Why this book?

This gorgeous cookbook from former executive pastry chef and Food Network Cake Wars judge, Waylynn Lucas, is everything a breakfast cookbook should be. Runny egg yolks, light and airy pastries, fresh fruit, and everything in between. And she goes one step further and shares some brunch menus which include beverages and cocktails perfect to start the day with. I absolutely enjoyed this cookbook from a true baking pro.


Sarabeth's Good Morning Cookbook: Breakfast, Brunch, and Baking

By Sarabeth Levine, Genevieve Ko, Quentin Bacon (photographer)

Book cover of Sarabeth's Good Morning Cookbook: Breakfast, Brunch, and Baking

Why this book?

This gorgeously photographed cookbook by baker Sarabeth Levine, James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Pastry Chef and founder of Sarabeth’s restaurants shares many of the recipes that have made her famous brunches coveted worldwide. The wide range of recipes have been created with the home cook in mind, and there’s sure to be something that catches your eye.


Brunch at Bobby's: 140 Recipes for the Best Part of the Weekend

By Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas, Sally Jackson

Book cover of Brunch at Bobby's: 140 Recipes for the Best Part of the Weekend

Why this book?

Fans of Bobby Flay’s many Food Network shows will enjoy this cookbook. Although he’s mainly known for his grilling and flavorful TexMex recipes, in this cookbook he focuses on brunch favorites - of course with his own unique twist. And it’s one of the few places you’ll find him baking. There are even some pastry recipes included! I really enjoyed this cookbook and Bobby’s spin on some new breakfast fare destined to become favorites.


Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish: A Whole Brunch of Recipes to Make at Home

By Cathy Barrow, Linda Xiao (photographer),

Book cover of Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish: A Whole Brunch of Recipes to Make at Home

Why this book?

Maybe you’re not in the mood for eggs this morning. Then this is the cookbook for you. First, learn to make homemade bagels, then discover all kinds of toppings, salads, and spreads to serve them with. Even those not confident in their baking skills will be able to create authentic NY bagels at home. James Beard Award nominee Cathy Barrow has written the cookbook that immediately inspired me to master homemade bagel baking.


Beautiful Brunches: The Complete Cookbook: Over 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast and Lunch ... Brunch!

By Cider Mill Press,

Book cover of Beautiful Brunches: The Complete Cookbook: Over 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast and Lunch ... Brunch!

Why this book?

What’s the old saying: you can’t judge a book by its cover? Well, in this case, you can. This comprehensive cookbook runs the gamut of breakfast and lunch recipes accompanied by beautiful photographs that will have you drooling and your stomach rumbling before you can even turn the oven on. There’s a wide range of light as well as more hearty offerings in this cookbook that deserves a place on any brunch lover’s shelf.


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