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Friday, April 17, 2015

The Perfect Egg by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park

Readers, if you enjoy tasty and playful food you need to check out the Spoon Fork Bacon blog. Go ahead, check it out. It is one of the most fun food blogs around in my opinion - I've been following (and drooling) since about 2012.

So far the authors, Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park, have penned two cookbooks together: the 2012 release, Tiny Party Food, and the very newly released The Perfect Egg: A Fresh Take on Recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night. So yeah, I like the blog, I like to cook, and I do LOVE eggs for every meal. The cookbook made my wish list as soon as I heard about its release.

The authors begin with a breakdown on eggs: types, anatomy, basic cooking techniques, etc, and then jump into the fun stuff - the recipes! Sweet Rolls, Arepas, pastas, and quiches... if you can do it with an egg it's probably in this book. Some of the recipes are to be expected - various deviled eggs, frittatas, and such - but the authors include lots of different recipes as well. Things you likely wouldn't expect to see in an egg cookbook: bibimbap, kaya toast, savory French macarons... Are you seeing now why I had to have this book?!

As usual when I add a cookbook to my collection, I whip out the stack of post it flags and begin marking stuff to try. This week I've been flying solo for most meals, which was actually really nice with this particular cookbook as many of the recipes were fairly easy to pare down.

The first dish on my list to try was an olive and grainy mustard variation on classic egg salad - my own basic egg salad is mixed with mayo, pickles, jalapeños, and red onion (as my favorite now defunct lunch place used to serve it), so I was anxious to see how the authors' version would stack up. Their classic egg salad includes mayo (of course), mustard, and a splash of cider vinegar, which is actually a pretty amazing addition. As for the olive and grainy mustard combo - it made for an incredibly easy and tasty lunch, a win in my opinion!

Next up: Green Onion Fried Black Rice, which was awesome and I ate way too much of it as a result;  the Egg Bhurji, a tasty Indian scrambled egg dish that's hearty and perfect for any meal of the day; and the Avgolemono to get me through a cold and rainy lunch. The Sausage, Fennel and Arugula Frittata is next up in my plans and the weekend might just call for some Mediterranean-Style Baked Egg Boats as well.

Obviously I haven't tried ALL of the recipes yet but everything so far has been amazing. What's more, the instructions are easy to follow even for a less experienced home cook and the ingredients, for the most part, are either plain old panty staples or readily available at your local grocery store. For the few ingredients that aren't, the authors do have suggestions on where to find them.

The Perfect Egg lives up to its promise of "perfect egg" recipes for "morning, noon, and night" and has earned its spot on my eclectic cookbook shelf as a definite go to!

Rating: 5/5

Per Blogging for Books requirements: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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