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Monday Books: The Egg

 

There is nothing simpler, yet, more complex than the egg.

The Egg

It’s Monday and as you would expect, we roll out another edition of Monday Books. The Egg. If you’re expecting some late breaking egg news, you will probably be a little disappointed this morning. REAL egg news is hard to come by. Unless, you count the flip flopping back and forth over whether eggs are really bad for your cholesterol or not.

If we were to unveil the definitive answer to the age old question, “which came first…”, that would be HUGE news. Alas, no big reveal today. But, we do have some cookbooks that could help you quench your thirst for egg knowledge.

This post is about giving you a little peek into the vastness of egg resources that are available today. Thank goodness you have me around to help you focus. So, without further ado, here are some selections I have hand picked just for you. Now get cracking.


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Eggs: Fresh, Simple Recipes for Frittatas, Omelets, Scrambles & More The Good Egg: More than 200 Fresh Approaches from Breakfast to Dessert Many Ways For Cooking Eggs Eggs


Egg-ceptional

Totally Eggs The Fresh Egg Cookbook: From Chicken to Kitchen, Recipes for Using Eggs from Farmers' Markets, Local Farms, and Your Own Backyard How to Break an Egg: 1,453 Kitchen Tips, Food Fixes, Emergency Substitutions, and Handy Techniques The Perfect Egg Cookbook: Get boiling, scrambling, poaching, whisking and baking


Fresh Eggs and Other Interesting Things

Big Green Egg Cookbook: Celebrating the World's Best Smoker & Grill Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books) Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens Raising Chickens For Dummies


In case you’re operating under the misconception that our kids are the only ones reveling in the joys of Dr. Seuss, think again. Check out this version, Les Oeufs Verts au Jambon.

Some Egg-cellent Resources and Links
The American Egg Board
FDA Egg Safety Info
How to Raise Chickens
Some Egg Nutrition Info – Mayo Clinic


Cookbook Man’s Cookbook CalendarThis Month’s Best Selling Cookbooks

Sunny Side Up


Can something be both a wonder and wonderful? Consider the egg.

Fresh Egg

Here’s a question for you. How many eggs do you think this country produces each year? Think big. No, bigger. Bigger still…

You’re not even close. So, I’ll tell you.

75 billion, yes billion! That translates to 241 eggs per year for every man, woman and child in the country. That’s just the amount of eggs that are produced in the U.S. alone. China is the worlds largest egg producer and their hens lay about four times more eggs than ours. That’s a ton of eggs. Actually, 62.1 billion metric tons worldwide! I think it’s fair to say everyone LOVES eggs.

Fried Egg

What in the world is going on here? Why the egg obsession? For one thing, I don’t think there is anything the egg can’t do, it’s versatile. Think about it. It’s equally as comfortable as an ingredient as it is being the star of a dish. You can cook it in more ways than we have space to list. And, most importantly, they taste delicious.

Jennifer Trainer Thompson has penned an homage to the humble edible orb. The Fresh Egg Cookbook, takes you from “chicken to kitchen”. Contained in the pages is a treasure trove of information on all things egg related. Jennifer raises her own hens. Not all of us can do that. The information on what to look for and how to buy the best eggs is super helpful. You’ll really appreciate it the next time you find yourself at the local farmers market.

BUY IT! - The Fresh Egg Cookbook: From Chicken to Kitchen, Recipes for Using Eggs from Farmers' Markets, Local Farms, and Your Own Backyard

The recipes? Yes, there are recipes, lots of them. One hundred and one to be exact. These pages are loaded with great food and great photos.

I figured at this point you might be ready for a dish. Here’s one you may not have come across before, Pickled Eggs.

Here’s How To Do It.

Pickled Eggs

Ingredients
12 hard boiled eggs
3 cups malt vinegar
1 cup water
1 small dried chile, split open
20 black peppercorns
2 cinnamon sticks, 4 inch
2 bay leaves

Method
Peel the hard boiled eggs and pack them into a sterilized jar with an airtight lid. Leave an inch at the top for the liquid. Heat the vinegar, water, chile, peppercorns, cinnamon and bay leaves in a saucepan until the liquid begins to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool at room temperature.

Strain the liquid and pour it over the eggs in the jar. Cover them completely by one inch. Seal the jar and store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks before eating.

Makes 12 eggs
Recipe excerpted from The Fresh Egg Cookbook (c) by Jennifer Trainer Thompson, used with permission from Storey Publishing.

The Bottom Line: Everybody loves eggs. And, Jennifer has put together a great collection of eggcellent (sorry) facts, tips and dishes. These recipes can be easily executed by home cooks of all experience levels. It’s hard not to love Jennifer’s genuine enthusiasm for a topic which she knows so well.

It’s a great excuse to break a few shells. Come on, let’s get scrambling!

BUY IT! - The Fresh Egg Cookbook: From Chicken to Kitchen, Recipes for Using Eggs from Farmers' Markets, Local Farms, and Your Own BackyardAuthor: Jennifer Trainer Thompson
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN-10: 1603429786

BUY IT! - The Fresh Egg Cookbook: From Chicken to Kitchen, Recipes for Using Eggs from Farmers' Markets, Local Farms, and Your Own Backyard

 


If you’re looking for some more egg recipes we can certainly help. Check out some of these titles.

Eggs: Fresh, Simple Recipes for Frittatas, Omelets, Scrambles & More The Good Egg: More than 200 Fresh Approaches from Breakfast to Dessert The Farmstead Egg Cookbook 101 Things to Do with Eggs