When I was offered a copy of a new cookbook called "Take a Box of Eggs" it was pretty hard to refuse seeing as I have both a bit of a cookbook addiction and my own chickens which often leave me wondering what to do with a glut of eggs, and as much as I love them, there's only so many boiled eggs I can eat in a week.
Take a Box of Eggs is the latest cookbook in the bestselling Dairy Cookbook series. I don't know about you, but the Dairy Cookbook (and the Dairy Diary) were prominent in most people's houses when growing up so it's definitely a name I was already familiar with. The book was launched during British Egg Week and as you would expect, is a book full to the brim of egg-based, easy and irresistible recipes.
The book starts with a basics section, covering the different ways you can cook eggs - boiling, poaching, frying, whisking, baking etc. This may sound a little like teaching granny to suck eggs (ha!) however there are lots of people who don't know how to cook an egg believe it or not so I think it's a great thing to cover. The book is then split into further sections - toasts & snacks, vegetarian, fish, meat, bakes and desserts.
The recipes in the book cover many of the classic egg-based dishes you would expect to see, things like croque-monsieur, creme caramel, lemon meringue pie and a variety of frittatas and omelettes making this a great cookbook for someone just starting out. There is however also a good variety of more imaginative recipes which might be good for the more experienced cook.
Some of the recipes that catch my eye include the Glamorgan sausages with tomato salad, Japanese omelette, Eggs Andalusia and the Cinnamon pancakes with rich orange butter is something I am considering whipping up for Christmas morning as they sound delicious!
Each recipe has a full page, colour image to accompany it and includes a full nutritional breakdown. The recipes are easy to follow with clear instructions and get this, each recipe also has its own QR code which you can scan using your Smartphone for an ingredients shopping list. One of my favourite things about the book is it's ringbinding. I LOVE a ring-bound cookbook, it makes it so much easier to use in the kitchen and I cannot think for the life of me why more publishers don't make ring-bound editions of cookbooks!
All in all I think this is a fab cookbook which would be a great addition to anyone's kitchen - especially if you love an egg like I do!
Take a Box of Eggs is available now from http://www.dairydiary.co.uk/ and also at Amazon, priced at £7.49.