Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Cafe (Mollie Katzen's Classic Cooking)

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reakfast is back! And Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Caf offers tasty, protein-rich, meatless breakfasts to boost your energy level and get you going first thing in the morning-or any time of the day. Mollie Katzen provides simple, mouth-watering, healthful recipes and menus for every day of the week, whether you are preparing a sit-down brunch for ten, breakfast-on-the-go for kids running late, a light bite after a late night, or a luxurious breakfast in bed. Lavishly illustrated throughout with Mollie's luminous paintings, Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Caf is divided into 12 chapters of breakfast fare, including yogurt and cheese, griddled foods, muffins and biscuits, eggs and tofu, whole grain cereals, homemade breakfast bars and coffee cakes, puddings and custards-and much more. In addition to showing you exactly how to make the perfect omelet or the crispiest waffles, Mollie offers irresistible recipes that range from the familiar Winter Fritata with Red Onions, Red Potatoes, and Goat Cheese, to the favorite Gingerbread Pancakes, to the surprising Basmati Almond Muffins, and on to irresistible Crispy Southwest Polenta Hash. And Mollie's energy-packed Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Protein Bars are certain to become a ray of sunshine in any kitchen.


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&nbspI have not always been a huge fan of Mollie Katzen. Not to say that I do not respect her writing, her menus or her presentations, I just did not seek out her work. Nothing personal, mind you. I like Moosewood but, it doesn't necessarily move me. Fast forward a few years and enter Sunlight Café, Ms. Katzen's latest.

&nbspNo small work, some 300+ pages of breakfast fare. Before you walk away with a scowl about just another breakfast book, flip it open to unearth some of Sunlight's perks, persuasions and little purple suns. I explain the later in a sec. Mollie Katzen has used enough foresight to keep us out of the "Eggs Benedict is the matronly ruler of the breakfast table scene" and presented us with 12 succinct recipe chapters. Rather than an amalgam of non-sequitir and a seemingly unrelated hodge podge of breakfast table concoctions, we get "Eggs, tofu [!!!], Scrambles, Quiches & Soufflés". Did I hear soufflés? There is the Sunlight Souffle that I have replicated with much success and enjoyment. Laden with ricotta cheese and fresh fruit, it certainly is a ray of light on a chillier morning. Certainly Eggs Benedict is given its due, however, why quibble over making Hollandaise on a busy morning when a Fried Green Tomato Quiche is just a few steps to success?

&nbspAs for the purple suns, they really are in there. The allure of Sunlight Café, beyond the Crispy Southwest Polenta Hash, Amazing Overnight Waffles or the Chai Oatmeal (don't laugh, its great!), is all the color Ms. Katzen has brushed into nearly every page. I am a sucker for history, regional allure and creative variations. Mollie, you got me hook, line and sinker with your purple suns. You see, the little suns pop up next to quips on the bygone days, procedural paranoia and "you can do this, this and this or just go with that, that and that". And when I mention the color she applies, its relevance is underscored by highlighting storage tips, product availability and the like. Now there are not any photographs to speak of within the pages of the Café, however, the accomplished Ms. Katzen shares her creative illustrations to give even more illumination to the Sunlight Café, as if it needed more. I rather prefer the space reserved for overly stylized photographs heed their space to her story on Julia Child's toast, telling me just exactly what the heck is tempeh and all the energy giving power of figs.

&nbspBreakfast has come a long way in gastronomic America. Better breakfast places are popping up, luckily. Weekend breakfasts are not the stand-alones in their communal powers to bring together the family before 9am Monday through Friday is open season for more than a donut and coffee. Sunlight Café gives 300 pages of reasons to wake up a few minutes early.


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