Time-tested recipes for delectable breakfasts from around the world, especially Scandinavia
Breakfast may be, as some say, the most important meal—but not unless it’s the best tasting. With the help of James Beard Cookbook Hall of Famer Beatrice Ojakangas, that is precisely what breakfast will be. With recipes drawn from her storied career and honed in her home kitchen, Breakfast with Beatrice prepares the cook—seasoned veteran or novice—to make breakfast the perfect start to every day.
Sweet or savory, classic or surprising, fancy or short order, these are breakfasts for every occasion, with simple ingredients, straightforward instructions, and the occasional anecdote (Veterinarian’s Breakfast, anyone?). Whip up a smoothie on the go. Chill a parfait overnight for a readymade morning treat. Dress up good, old-fashioned porridge for a hot and hearty start to the day. Make a meal of the smorrebrod, a breakfast sandwich favored in Denmark, with anything from cheese and fruit to smoked fish and meat piled on a slice of crusty bread. Whether you favor a grain-rich loaf or a handy quick bread, or a sweet treat like Cardamom Coffee Braid or an elaborate Danish pastry, these recipes will satisfy your morning palate. For more leisurely breakfasts (or for dinner when it’s kids’ choice), there are pancakes and mouth-watering cream waffles to warm the heart. From quiches and casseroles to waffles with berries, Breakfast with Beatrice is a treasury of recipes worth waking up for.
Beatrice Ojakangas began her culinary career as a food editor for Sunset Magazine and went on to write for Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Redbook, Cooking Light, Country Living, Southern Living, and Ladies’ Home Journal. A columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Duluth News Tribune and star of the Food Network series The Baker’s Dozen, she is the author of thirty cookbooks, including Scandinavian Cooking, Great Old-Fashioned American Recipes, Scandinavian Feasts, and the award-winning Great Scandinavian Baking Book, all published by the University of Minnesota Press. In 2005 she was selected for the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame and in 2016 she published a memoir, Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food, published by the University of Minnesota Press and winner of a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award.
"Ojakangas’s simple style and timeless recipes elevate this recipe-focused volume. Recommended for seasoned cooks and bakers looking to expand their breakfast repertoire."—Library Journal
"Breakfast with Beatrice is the definitive greatest-hits, carb-heavy compilation from an American culinary hall of famer."—The Washington Post