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Williams-Sonoma Collection: Breakfast

Williams-Sonoma Collection: Breakfast
A delicious breakfast gets any day off to a great start, and it's the perfect opportunity to savor good food and conversation with family and friends. Part of the Williams-Sonoma Collection series, Breakfast offers more than 40 recipes for satisfying morning meals—from simple fried eggs to decadent cherry-cheese blintzes.

Veteran cookbook author Brigit L. Binns makes it easy to decide what to prepare by organizing the recipes to suit the way most of us actually cook—according to occasion and mood. For leisurely weekend brunches, you'll find a chapter filled with impressive entrées like a savory wild mushroom quiche, and focaccia topped with smoked salmon and crème fraîche. Need a make-ahead dish for busy weekday mornings? The Classics chapter includes a recipe for homemade granola with imaginative options for creating your own signature cereal by varying the dried fruits, nuts and flavors of honey. Make a batch on the weekend, then enjoy this healthful treat throughout the week, either with cold milk or as a crunchy topping for fresh fruit and yogurt.

A chapter on eggs features everything from an elegant souffléed omelette with fines herbes to hearty huevos rancheros. Pancake and waffle fans will be tempted by a medley of globally inspired recipes, including all-American blueberry pancakes, a classic German apple pancake, and Belgian waffles embellished with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. For the ultimate breakfast comfort food, try the polentina, a creamy cornmeal porridge topped with sliced bananas and drizzled with warm maple syrup.

The Basics section lays the foundation for preparing a good breakfast, including step-by-step directions for making omelettes and the fundamentals of quick breads and yeast breads. You'll also find easy recipes for morning beverages, from hot chocolate to chilled spiced coffee and Bloody Marys. Sidebars highlight a key ingredient or technique. Learn how pure maple syrup is made, the best ways to coddle and poach eggs, and the secret to making perfect toast. Color photographs depict each dish in mouthwatering detail, while a glossary explains key ingredients and equipment.

Guaranteed to inspire memorable meals for entertaining or everyday enjoyment, Breakfast is a volume you'll reach for time and again. As you turn the pages, filled with enticing recipes and helpful advice, you'll find mornings are brighter than ever.