Go ahead, sleep in! For weekend meals or lazy days, brunch is the perfect way to celebrate that sweet spot between morning and afternoon. Great for gatherings, special occasions, or mornings when you need some extra care, these five books will help you start the day off delicious.
Try something new every week with The Sunday Brunch Cookbook: Over 300 Modern American Classics to Share with Family and Friends. This comprehensive guide is filled with mouthwatering recipes and includes full-color photos on every page. Chapters are organized by season and include holiday menus. A variety of recipes allow you to make a whole meal with sweets, mains, sides, and drinks. Learn basics like how to cook eggs and make stock. Try the French onion soup, pear-ginger crumble, honey roasted figs, or country fried steaks and gravy. Serve up drinks with or without alcohol like the snowball, mimosa, and orange chai. Attractive and extensive, this makes a great companion for any kitchen. Most comprehensive.
450 pages, 8 X 10
Cider Mill Press
For a beautiful guide that will please your palate, choose Beautiful Brunches: Over 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes. This book is bursting with gorgeous, close-up, full-color photos. With dozens of clear, easy-to-follow recipes organized by sweet, savory, cocktails, and desserts, you’ll make meals that can be enjoyed any time of the day. The savory section includes lots of meat-forward dishes like chicken and waffles. Learn to make all kinds of sweets including classics like carrot cake, peach cobbler, and coffee cake and more adventurous eats like whoopie pies and bacon sticky buns. Stir up a pick-me-up with drinks like the Irish coffee and tequila sunrise. A beautiful guide filled with delicious recipes. Most attractive.
224 pages, 8 X 10
Cider Mill Press
For an array of dishes from simple to complex, select Let’s Brunch: 100 Recipes for the Best Meal of the Week by Belinda Smith-Sullivan. Squat and square, this book includes all the recipes you need to make brunch a multi-course meal. You’ll find sections for breads and toppings, starters, egg dishes, soups, salads and sandwiches, vegetables and sides, pasta and casseroles, main courses and meats, and desserts. Try the Panettone Grand Marnier French toast, smoked salmon blini, steak and bell pepper strata, grit cake, and pulled pork sandwich. Full-color photos throughout highlight these fabulous feasts. Most adventurous.
176 pages, 8 X 8
For a smaller guide filled with delicious dishes choose Lazy Day Brunches: Relaxed Recipes for the Morning. Of the books on our list, this title has the healthiest options, though you won’t be any less satisfied. Sections are grouped by fruits, grains and oats, pancakes and waffles, eggs and brunch plates, salads and sides, and pastries and breakfast bakes. Try Blueberry and blackberry acai, overnight pots, or gluten free apple pancakes. Whip up steak and egg breakfast tacos or warm chickpea and spinach salad. To quench your thirst you’ll find plenty of flavored waters, smoothies, and teas. Healthiest choice.
144 pages, 6 3/4 X 8 1 /4
Ryland Peters & Small
For those who don’t mind spending extra time in the kitchen putting together an extra special meal, select Sunny-Side Up: More than 100 Breakfast and Brunch Recipes from the Essential Egg to the Perfect Pastry by Waylynn Lucas. If baking your own bread to compliment your Sunday brunch is your idea of time well spent, this is the guide for you. This book includes sections for egg obsessions, syrup required, biscuits, muffins and breads, fancy pastries, yogurt, bars, breakfast pops and smoothies, and boozy daytime adventures. Full-color photos illustrate the recipes each step of the way. Try the bacon, cheddar, and bread pudding or mix up classics like pancakes, waffles, French toast, muffins, breads, jams, and cakes. Bakers’ delight.
240 pages, 8 X 9