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Gale Gand's Brunch!
100 Fantastic Recipes for the Weekend's Best Meal
By Gale Gand, with Christie Matheson; photos by Ben Fink
ISBN: 03047406969
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Publication date: April 2009
Format: Hardcover
List price: $27.50 
Type: Brunch
Sample recipe: Asparagus with Poached Eggs and Parmesan
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive coffee-table Biblical stature
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
# of recipes: <50 <100 <200 <300 ≥300
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: 7-Eleven airfare required online pantry supermarket
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose bare-bones full-figured educational
Time conscious: unconscious outright lies white lies realistic honorable
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant balanced generous
Photos/drawings: none distracting decorative instructive glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine considerate work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging tolerable clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy dubious years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: non-existent hard-to-find spotty sufficient every page
Table of contents: AWOL frustrating passable useful excellent
Index quality: none tragic adequate good a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writer: beginner food writer writing cook personality auteur
Cook: unknown self-taught chef teacher celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfactory exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward best friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: We are predisposed toward brunch – and assume everyone else is, too. That being the case, what's not to like? Wonderful book; wonderful recipes. Comfort food and traditional dishes, but most have a little tweak that makes them more interesting or up-to-date. The offered variations for many of the recipes make the book doubly to quintuply interesting and useful.

Chapters cover drinks (with and without alcohol); eggs; pancakes, waffles, French toast, etc.; scones, muffins, turnovers, and tarts; a section that might be brunch appetizers or finger food; communal and off-the-beaten-track dishes, such as Tomato Galette, poached salmon, cheddar grits, and scrapple; salads and soups; fruits and condiments; and a section of holiday and special-occasion menu suggestions.

In general, the recipes are very manageable. Still this is a book from a prominent pastry chef and little cheffy things creep in here and there. The woman makes chai from scratch. She makes her own Nutella. Either she or her editor is going to have to realize for the next book that real people never have black truffles (only one recipe here makes that assumption).

We're thinking of sleeping in tomorrow just to have an excuse to make brunch….


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