cover image Brunch at Bobby’s: 140 Recipes for the Best Part of the Weekend

Brunch at Bobby’s: 140 Recipes for the Best Part of the Weekend

Bobby Flay, with Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson. Clarkson Potter, $29.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-385-34589-7

In his 13th cookbook, Flay makes a compelling case for brunch at home: “The drinks won’t be watered down, the food will be amazing... and you can keep the party going as long as you like.” Flay provides an incredible 140-recipe blueprint, but readers must put in the time and no small amount of effort to pull them off. To set the mood, the opening chapter plies readers with drinks: blackberry-bourbon iced tea, and blood orange Campari mimosas make for brunching al fresco heaven. A section on spreads and syrups segues into a truly indulgent assortment of pancakes, waffles, and French toast, along with dessert-inspired concoctions: carrot cake pancakes with maple-cream cheese drizzle, gingerbread pumpkin waffles with buttermilk-bourbon caramel sauce. On the savory end of the spectrum, Flay shows his love for cross-cultural cooking (as well as a penchant for jalapeño), with dishes such as mole-rubbed steak and eggs with chocolate stout beurre blanc, and Calabrian scrambled eggs with jalapeño pesto bruschetta. He rounds out the collection with a substantial selection of side dishes, some of which could easily stand on their own: cast-iron home fries with toasted green chiles and creamy garlic dressing, chorizo-potato cakes with black beans and salsa verde. These bold, flavorful moves from Flay’s breakfast playbook will leave readers salivating. [em](Sept.) [/em]