Synopses & Reviews
Increasingly available at farmers markets, local farms, gourmet shops, and backyard chicken coops, fresh eggs offer nutritional benefits and delicious flavor. In The Fresh Egg Cookbook, author and chicken keeper Jennifer Trainer Thompson serves up 101 creative recipes for enjoying and celebrating the versatility of eggs.
From the perfect soft-boiled egg to French toast, omelets, eggs Florentine, and huevos rancheros, readers will find a wealth of favorite breakfast offerings with new twists. Farm-fresh eggs also bring out the best in classic preparations such as Caesar salad, spaghetti carbonara, eggnog, and homemade mayonnaise. In recipes ranging from smoothies to casseroles, deviled eggs, and stews, Thompson offers inventive variations for spicing up eggs and combining them with fresh seasonal produce for every meal of the day. She also shares amusing anecdotes about her own chickens and family life with a backyard flock.
“This is a lovely and eminently practical book to have handy on your kitchen shelf - chockful of sensible and delicious ways to put fresh eggs to good use. But beware: once you've tasted a fresh egg, there's no going back. If you've ever even considered keeping your own chickens, The Fresh Egg Cookbook just might be the catalyst for the buying the coop!” Danny Meyer, Co-Author of The Union Square Cafe Cookbook
“Made with a true egg, even the friendliest fried-egg-over-easy is once again sublime. And now that people are starting to experience the difference between the real thing and the pallid supermarket version, it’s a good time to revisit all those wonderful egg dishes (and some new ones) that may have been forgotten but are worth reviving. Personally, I can’t wait to make Jennifer Thompson’s popovers!” Deborah Madison, Author of Local Flavors, Cooking and Eating from American's Farmers' Markets, and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.
"A good fresh tribute to good fresh eggs." Roy Blount Jr.
“Sculptural, earthy, and oh-so versatile, fresh eggs have captured the imagination of Jennifer Trainer Thompson, who has written a timely and entertaining egg-centric cookbook. She offers practical information about raising chickens (easy!), and her mouthwatering recipes range from the simple (classic egg salad sandwich) to the sublime (soufflé glacé au citron).” Vicky Lowry, executive editor, ELLE DECOR
"A delightful introduction to the pleasures of backyard chickens. The Fresh Egg Cookbook is filled with helpful information for those who want to start their own flock and great-looking recipes for those who already have." Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe
It isnt often that I consider a cookbook a “good read”, however when I picked up The Fresh Egg Cookbook by Jennifer Trainer Thompson I was immediately enthralled. This is a cookbook that is captivating! Thompson has a beautiful way with words and her book is filled with stories about her backyard chicken experiences as well as amazing recipes, and helpful hints.
Fresh-from-the-chicken eggs are nutritious and delicious, and the possibilities for preparing them are endless. Jennifer Trainer Thompson, a seasoned chicken-keeper, shares the recipes that she and her family rely on when fresh eggs are piling up. Also included are Jennifer's stories, observations, and lessons learned from ten years of raising funny, quirky, beautiful backyard chickens.
About the Author
Jennifer Trainer Thompson is the author of several books including Jump Up and Kiss Me
, and a trilogy of books on ingredients native to New England: cranberries, blueberries, and maple syrup. Nominated for three James Beard awards and dubbed "The Queen of Hot" by the Associated Press, she's recognized as a leader in the spicy foods movement for her cookbooks and hot sauce posters. She is the chef/creator of Jump Up and Kiss Me, an all-natural line of spicy foods. Thompson has been a journalist for 20 years, and writes about the topics that interest her -- food, science, and lifestyle -- for The New York Times, Omni, Discover
, and Travel and Leisure
magazines. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and children.
Table of Contents
Which Came First? Classics
Chicks Who Rip: Breakfast
Hot Wheels: Lunch & Dinner
Fresh Quiet Eggs: Egg-cess
Something to Crow About: Vegetarian Dishes
Did You Remember the Chickens? Desserts