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Enjoy National Brunch Month

If you wake up too late for breakfast, but it’s too early for lunch, then it’s time for Brunch.

Did you know that brunch, America’s favorite culinary ritual (popular not just on Sunday mornings), has its own holiday? April is National Brunch Month!

Whether you have a special occasion to celebrate or you simply want to spend time with family and friends, hosting a brunch is the perfect opportunity. 

So here are some books available to borrow with your Livingston Library card to give you ideas and inspiration for brunch recipes, as well a brunch themed fiction title and a memoir.

bagels schmears and fish

Bagels, Schmears, And A Nice Piece Of Fish : A Whole Brunch Of Recipes To Make At Home by Cathy Barrow

This cookbook makes it easy to bake fresh bagels in your own kitchen with just 5 base ingredients and simple techniques. Delivering the goods with intriguing sidebars and undeniable expertise,  Barrow envelops 50-plus recipes with stories to remember, techniques to master, and food photographs that home cooks can attempt to emulate in real life. 

Beautiful Brunches : Over 100 Sweet And Savory Recipes

Presents refreshing cocktails to kick off the celebration; sweet and savory dishes to ensure every brunch is perfectly balanced; decadent desserts to end on a high note; inventive recipes that bring beauty, color, and excitement to any table.

Brunch @ Bobby’s by Bobby Flay

With six dining establishments, a dozen-plus books, and innumerable network shows and appearances to his credit, Flay here departs from his traditional grilling and all things southern to branch out into brunch. That expansion goes beyond his favorite cuisines; the 140 dishes include French, Italian, Moroccan, and American comfort foods as well as beignets and homemade chorizo sausages. The recipes, though not labeled in terms of difficulty, are easy to follow, each with a color photograph. 

Brunch Recipes for Cozy Weekend Mornings by Georgeanne Brennan

Brennan offers a variety of ways to enjoy this favorite midday meal. The recipes are grouped into six chapters to help you put together a complete menu. Choose from starters, egg dishes, morning sweets, main dishes, side dishes, and beverages. Enjoy such comforting dishes as French Toast and Apple Chutney; Spring Vegetable Frittata; Potato Pancakes; Lox and Bagel Bar; and dozens more. Also included are eight multi course menus and suggestions for party themes.

Brunch And Other Obligations : A Novel by Suzanne Nugent

The only thing reclusive bookworm Nora, high-powered attorney Christina, and supermom-in-training Leanne ever had in common was their best friend, Molly. When Molly dies, she leaves mysterious gifts and cryptic notes for each of her grieving best friends, along with one final request: that these three mismatched frenemies have brunch together every month for a year. Filled with heart-wrenching scenes and witty prose, this novel explores the intricate dynamics of girlhood acquaintances who are forced to reconnect as women.

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Brunch Life: Comfort Classics And More For The Best Meal Of The Day: A Cookbook  by Matt Basile & Kyla Zanardi

With their token humor, Matt and Kyla share their passion for this midday spread and showcase indulgent and creative takes on their favorite dishes. More than just food, brunch is also a culture. Featured throughout, Matt and Kyla share their travel adventures in six cities across North America—San Francisco, New York, Nashville, Seattle, Vancouver, and Toronto—and explore how this epic meal is enjoyed far and wide.

Bubby’s Brunch Cookbook : Recipes And Menus From New York’s favorite Comfort Food Restaurant by Ron Silver

 For the home cook, Silver offers some carefully considered, sound advice on making perfect fried eggs, poached eggs, and omelets. When hash browns alone aren’t adequate, he embellishes them with asparagus. There are recipes for pancakes, waffles, breads, pastries, and sandwiches, too, from croque monsieur to classic BLT. 

Cook’s illustrated All Time Best Brunch

The 75 recipes feature both sweet and savory, light and substantial. There are eggs; egg dishes; other savory dishes; pancakes/etc.; muffins/etc.; and sides such as fruits, grits, potatoes, salads and meats. They’re familiar standards but with a hip-comfort vibe.

Let’s Brunch : 100 Recipes For The Best Meal Of The Week by Belinda Smith-Sullivan

With more than 100 recipes, this book puts a full menu on display, focusing on starters, soups, and salads; egg dishes; casseroles; meats; pastas; grits; sandwiches; breads; jams and syrups; desserts; and brunch cocktails.

Memoir Of The Sunday Brunch by Julia Pandl

At age twelve, Julie was initiated into the rite of the Sunday brunch, a weekly madhouse at Pandl’s, the family-owned Milwaukee-based restaurant where she and her eight older siblings did mandatory service—and where her father “traded his sanity for a paper chef hat and a set of utility tongs.” Amid the controlled chaos, they learned the ropes of the business and, more importantly, life lessons that would shape them in the years to come. In this wry, “heartfelt” memoir, Pandl looks back on those formative years, a time not just of growing up but, ultimately, of becoming a source of strength and support, as the world her father knew began to change into a tougher, less welcoming place.

101 breakfast and brunch recipes

101 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes  by Gooseberry Patch

Invite everyone over for brunch and delight them with Apple-Walnut Coffee Cake, Festive Corn Tortilla Quiche and Mom’s Cheesy Hashbrowns. There’s even a chapter dedicated to those decadent breakfast baked goods like Peanut Butter Crunch Coffee Cake, Cranberry-Orange Scones and Hot Chocolate Muffins.

The Star Wars Cookbook BB-Ate: Awaken To The Force Of Breakfast And Brunch by Lara Starr & Matthew Carden

Awaken your inner Force with 29 intergalactic breakfast and brunch recipes. Fuel up with Hans Soloatmeal, battle hunger with Admiral Ackbars, and so much more! These easy-to-make, mouthwatering recipes feature characters and scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And photographs featuring Star Wars figurines re-creating epic moments from the films provide an extra helping of humor.

Sunny Side Up : More Than 100 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes From The Essential Egg To The Perfect Pastry by Waylynn Lucas

Lucas demonstrates how a touch of finesse can elevate your dishes and make you more confident in the kitchen. Whether you’re looking for a decadent weekend brunch spread to impress guests or a healthy make-ahead breakfast to start your day off right, you can find just what you’re craving. 

Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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