cover image Breakfasts & Brunches

Breakfasts & Brunches

Cynthia Scheer. California Culinary Academy, $9.94 (128pp) ISBN 978-0-89721-049-2

Even slugabeds will be roused by the tempting array of morning meals in this beautifully produced book. The 100-odd recipes are divided into chapters such as ""Beverages,'' ``Eggs,'' ``Pancakes and Waffles,'' ``Meats, Poultry, and Fish'' and ``Breakfast Pies.'' Included under these mundane titles are surprising treasures: New Mexicostyle hot chocolate; hot mulled cranberry punch; poached eggs with chicken livers and raspberry vinegar; brioche filled with a light tarragon chicken stew; and sweet-corn-and-bacon quiche, to name a few. In addition to the recipes, each chapter contains tips on equipment and suggestions for rounding out a full menu, whether for a delicate breakfast in bed, a full-scale hearty brunch or even for meals later in the day. (March)