Reviewed by Alysia George

Many nutritional experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It provides individuals with fuel to start their days after several hours of fasting during sleep. There are many options for a breakfast meal, from quick and easy foods like cold cereal, toast, or yogurt, to more complicated things like muffins and quiche. Brunch, served slightly later than breakfast but earlier than lunch, is often a good meal for entertaining. Most people get stuck in a meal planning slump from time to time, when everyone in the family is sick and tired of the same old things, but everybody is out of ideas.

With Carol Beckerman’s 500 Breakfast & Brunch Dishes as your kitchen companion, your breakfast and brunch repertoire will be deliciously invigorated. There are chapters for:

  • drinks, smoothies, and yogurt
  • cereals and breakfast bars
  • breads
  • pastries and muffins
  • eggs
  • pancakes, waffles, and French toast
  • big plates
  • sides and sandwiches

There are beautiful, glossy pictures for almost every recipe. At the end of each chapter there is a list of variations for each recipe. So if you don’t care for a particular ingredient, or maybe just don’t have it on hand in your pantry, you can look over this list for similar ideas that might suit your needs better.

500 Breakfast & Brunch Dishes has an international appeal as well, with classic breakfast recipes from around the world. The introduction of the book briefly describes traditional breakfast foods from various countries, and as you are browsing through the book you will find that several of the recipes are described as, for example, French, German, or English.

Since breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, I am very excited to try out many of the recipes in this book. The directions are clear and for the most part the recipes call for fairly common or easy to find ingredients. 500 Breakfast & Brunch Dishes now has a permanent home on my cookbook shelf.

Rating: 5/5

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Alysia lives in Metro Detroit with her husband and four children. She writes about family life, parenting issues, and other things of interest to her on her blog, Michigal.

Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by Sellers Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.