The London Review of Breakfasts

"No more excuses. No more apologies. No more of these obvious, desperate breakfasts." (Skyler White)

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Our book: The Breakfast Bible

Our book's cover
We love going out for breakfast but we also love staying in for breakfast. We love it when, while still lazing in bed, we decide what we want and then realise we have the ingredients we need. We love the comforting crackle of a grill full of bacon and the promising hiss of a tea-bound kettle. We love it when it all comes together just so and we sit down to a plate on which the food is hot, the yolk is runny and the toast is buttered, and there is a hot drink, and a cold drink, and our guests are delighted and our day is already worthwhile. That's not to say we don't love the solitude of a breakfast before work, the way in which we strive to make the morning's toast, porridge or cereal just a bit better than yesterday's. We love that too.

Simply put, we love breakfast – all of the breakfasts, all of the time.

So we are pleased, excited and a little nervous to announce the publication of our book, The Breakfast Bible. Published by Bloomsbury, it will hit the shelves on the week of 11 February 2013. There really couldn't be a better week in which to release a book about breakfast than one containing both Pancake Day and the inexplicably forgotten Collop Monday, on which it is traditional to gorge your face with loads of bacon and eggs.

The Breakfast Bible is in part a compendium of recipes for the classic and time-honoured dishes of breakfasting tradition around the world. Alongside an exploration of the magic nine ingredients of a full English breakfast, it contains methods for everything from eggs Florentine to the perfect Bloody Mary, as well as the best pop and rock songs to boil an egg to ('Listen to your Heart' by Roxette is one perfectly-timed song) and a note on Sigmund Freud's 'breakfast dream', which we think gives a new insight into his true beliefs about what drives us all. And much more.

The book was largely researched and written by a team of five – Emily Berry Richard Godwin, Henry Jeffreys, Peter Meanwell and me. But in the spirit of collaboration from which this website was born, there are contributions from breakfasters across the world.

To be honest, Bloomsbury have created an object so beautiful that it almost doesn't matter what we wrote.

Find it in your nearest bookshop or online, for example here at the Foyle's website, here at Bloomsbury or here at Amazon.

Seb Emina, Editor-at-large
3 February 2013

Events

The release of the book has led to me being asked to appear at the Bloomsbury Institute in conversation with Kaori O'Connor, whose book The English Breakfast is released in March. That's on 14 March 2013 and tickets are here. I'll also be at the Laugharne Weekender in Wales on 6 April and at the London Literature Festival on 1 June.

5 Comments:

Anonymous John said...

Dear Seb, congratulations on publication of the book. Is there anywhere you would prefer people to buy it from? I plan to get several for me and lots of people I know..

1:53 PM, February 08, 2013  
Anonymous Seb said...

Thanks John, I really appreciate it - and no preference for where you buy it, just wherever's easiest for you. Hope you enjoy it.

Seb

3:39 PM, February 09, 2013  
Blogger Annie Webb said...

Hi Seb, Would love to make contact with you as I am researching an article on Collop Monday through to Easter for our local magazine here in Stamford, Lincolnshire. I have read your Waterstones Blog contribution and would just love to quote you and mention your book in my article. Would it be possible to contact you direct. Sarah Lyon

8:44 PM, March 07, 2013  
Anonymous Seb said...

Hi Sarah, happy to help – please just drop me a line using the 'email the editor' link in the sidebar.

9:31 PM, March 07, 2013  
Blogger Rachel McGrath said...

Why have I only just heard of this?! WANT!

8:24 PM, April 16, 2013  

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