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Review - Joy the Baker Over Easy: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Leisurely Days

Written by Chef Donna Desfor | Jul 3, 2017 8:00 AM
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Joy the Baker Over Easy: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Leisurely Days, by Joy Wilson. Copyright © 2017 by Joy the Baker, Inc. Interior and cover photographs by Jon Melendez. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Our Summary:

If you were to imagine a cookbook filled with recipes for leisurely days, Joy the Baker Over Easy is probably what you'd come up with.  Chock full of deliciousness that doesn't stress you for time - or even talent - this book is the manual for brunch whether at home or vacationing.  It's there for you without much need for long grocery trips or planning.  For when long, lazy days alone or with friends let a solid, sturdy brunch become the reason to linger at the table, this book is your place to start.  With everything from sweet to savory, beverages (the kind we crave on those kinds of days) and coffee, this is your go-to book for people that you need only impress with your commitment to their comfort.

Get it:  Joy the Baker Over Easy: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Leisurely Days, by Joy Wilson. Copyright © 2017 by Joy the Baker, Inc. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, March 21, 2017, Hardcover $27.50 (Amazon $16.64; eBook $14.99)

See it:  256 pages of sweet and savory recipes (with finished photos of most but not all) intended to satisfy your brunch cravings - from juices and coffees to breads, eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, salads, and definitely bacon.  A brief topical table of contents (Eggs, Griddle, Sandwiches, and Salads, etc.) and a thorough index cross-referencing both ingredients and recipe names. 

Make it:  125 recipes centered around a brunch theme; more effort than you'd probably expend on a regular weekday morning, but not so intensive that you'll bemoan the thought of a little extra work on the weekend.

Our Review:

Brunch always seems to be celebratory, even if it's celebrating the simplicity of a relaxed day. And, in Joy the Baker Over Easy that celebration can take place in the comfort of your own home, without the need or added stress of waiting in line for a table at your favorite breakfast eatery or the formality of an elegant brunch buffet.

Over Easy opens, as should any celebration, with an array of beverages - boozy or juice, and certainly coffee.  This kick-starts everything that's to follow, including classic eggs and griddle recipes such as Breakfast BLT or the Sour Cream Waffles with Maple Glaze.  But Wilson's idea of brunch doesn't stop there.  You'll enjoy the full buffet-range of food offerings including salads such as her Muffaletta Brunch Salad or the Blueberry-Pistachio Tabbouleh, or the sweet treats you crave between the savory egg and griddle dishes, such as Baked Brown-Butter Banana Bead Doughnuts, or Hazelnut Coffee Cake. 

Wilson continues to emphasize simple, comfort-baked food in this, her third book, but Over Easy wraps, in the decadence, that brunch should be with a focus on the flavors of her new-found home in New Orleans while managing to keep the appealing freshness from her California past.  You'll find her comforting conversation-like tone as familiar as in her Joy the Baker Cookbook, and her recipes as relaxed and manageable in the home kitchen as in her Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence cookbook filled with sweet, salty, gooey crunchy baked goods.

When you crave a lazy wonderfully delicious day, Joy the Baker Over Easy is the place to start.  Whether you are one or many gathering at a table, the celebration is made only better with Wilson's food as your backdrop and her beverage list to keep the party going.

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