6 of the Best Cookbooks for Breakfast Lovers

Have your eggs and make waffles, too.

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April 23, 2019
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What's better than brunch with loved ones on the weekend? Brunch without having to get out of your PJ's! Thanks to these six gorgeous cookbooks, creating a knockout morning spread has never been easier. Trust us — you'll never be more excited to get out of bed.

If Instagram is your go-to for eye-catching, out-there recipes, snag this book. Packed with amusing essays, clever infographs and diagrams on the history and culture behind the breakfast foods we know and love, it also has an abundance of gluttonous, funky, mouthwatering recipes, like Flamin' Hot Cheetos Bloody Marys, Taco Bell Breakfast Crunchwraps, 8 Mimosas for Summer Day-Drinking and Shibuya Honey Toast. Brunch has never been so exciting!

In this colorful paperback, vegan bloggers Nadine Horn and Jorg Mayer show you how to make creative plant-based meals to start your morning off right. Opt for lighter dishes, like the Super Antioxidant Shake and Millet Quinoa Porridge, or go full-on comfort with recipes like Blueberry Blondies, Hash Brown BLT's and Swedish Bagels with 'Cream Cheese,' Dill and Beets. If you're a from-scratch cook who avoids packaged foods, don't skip their staples section on dairy-free milks, breads, "meats" and spreads like Cashew Cream Cheese.

In her second cookbook, Sarabeth Levine, owner of the beloved New York bakery and restaurant renowned for its weekend brunch, covers all the breakfast bases. In addition to crowd-pleasing classics like French toast, eggs Benedict and her famous popovers, she also offers recipes with an elevated twist, like White Cheddar Pancakes with Sauteed Apples, Olive-Oil Ginger Muffins and a Shrimp and Tarragon Frittata. The extensive chapter on preserves and sauces is sure to add a sophisticated flair to your morning table. It's the ideal gift for an aunt or mother-in-law who loves feeding a crowd.

Here's a book that's perfect for the person who travels to eat. Breakfast: The Cookbook is more than just a cookbook — it's an encyclopedic guide of morning culinary traditions from around the world. Ranging from familiar favorites like Huevos Rancheros and Congee to the more far-flung, like Nasi Lemak from Malaysia and Firfir from Ethiopia, this is a book that's as at home on a coffee table as it is the kitchen counter. A handy guide indicating which recipes are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, or take less than 15 minutes helps you navigate the 400 enticing options.

The weekend wait for a table at Buttermilk Channel, Doug Crowell and Ryan Angulo's 11-year-old Brooklyn spot, may stretch more than an hour. But in the same amount of time, you could whip up the Pecan Pie French Toast from their debut cookbook. The book focuses on kindness, or the "spirit of warmth and hospitality" that underlies every meal at the pair's restaurants, and salt, which means "cooking carefully, with an eye to bringing out the best in good ingredients." This translates to sophisticated versions of brunch standards, like Buckwheat Crepes with Ricotta and Apple Butter and Cured Steelhead Trout with Hash Browns and Lemon-Caper Creme Fraiche. Helpful night-before prep tips make the sometimes daunting task of feeding family and friends first thing in the morning enjoyable and fun.

For Matt Basile and Kyla Zanardi, the creators behind Toronto's Fidel Gastro food truck and Lisa Marie restaurant, brunch is a way of life. This cookbook delves deep into the culture of their favorite weekend meal. Among the beautiful, drool-worthy photos, you'll find charming stories of their brunch adventures in San Francisco, Nashville, Toronto, Seattle, Vancouver and New York. Of course, they cover all the classics, but we've got our eyes on their innovative takes on old favorites, like the Singapore Crab Benny and Western Omelette Grilled Cheese. Did we mention there's an entire chapter dedicated to chicken and waffles? A good pick for the roomie who keeps a restaurant checklist on her phone.

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