Favorite breakfast cookbooks

Baked Oatmeal

There’s a post over at BuzzFeed that asks “What Does Your Favorite Breakfast Food Say About You?” The answers are classic BuzzFeed, although not snarky as they can be – if you like bagels, you’re basically like Beyoncé, cinnamon rolls imply you’re very loveable, French Toast people are destined for greatness, Huevos Rancheros make you a winner, etc. – they’re all very flattering.

But the interesting thing about this post wasn’t the comments – which are, at best, superficial, but rather the collection of photos and the realization that there wasn’t one breakfast item listed that wouldn’t taste great at this moment. Which got me to thinking about breakfast and how often people seem to say that breakfast is their favorite meal regardless of the time of day – especially on a really cold day, like it is here today.

And so, out of curiousity, I took a look at the EYB library, which lists 138 cookbooks that focus on breakfast, and sorted them by popularity to see what were the favorite breakfast books owned by EYB members. Here are the top 5:

And the top breakfast recipe, based on ratings and comments? This was a surprise – not eggs, or pancakes, but Baked Oatmeal from Heidi Swanson.  Here’s the description: “A layer of fruit lines the base of a well-buttered baking dish. The fruit is then topped with a blend of rolled oats, nuts, and spices. A wet mixture of milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla is drizzled over the dry ingredients before baking to a golden-topped, fruit-scented finish. Be sure to use rolled oats and not instant oats.”

Now I’m really hungry.

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  • CGoulet  on  January 23, 2014

    I've had Marion Cunningham's Breakfast Book so long I don't even remember what the paper cover looked like & the cover now is one of 'character' in other words it's a mess of splatters! I've tried hundreds of recipes but her blueberry muffins & rarebit are old time favourites.

  • boardingace  on  January 23, 2014

    I see I'm not alone in my love for all things breakfast! I could eat breakfast three times a day, but my husband draws the line and doesn't like it for dinner. Interestingly, Baked Oatmeal is also one of my favorite recipes (King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking's recipe, and all of their variations). But I can't really pick a favorite breakfast recipe because they are so varied and ALL delicious! Eggs, crepes, oats, pancakes, French toast, breakfast pastries, mmmm, you can't go wrong with any of them 🙂

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