22 September 2012

Weekend Cooking: Boozy Brunch by Peter Joseph

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Here's my question: Is there really anyone who doesn't love brunch? Especially when it's part of a lazy day and involves a drink. Seriously, what's better than a casual meal with family or friends, at home or a restaurant, in the middle of the morning?

I caught my first glimpse of Peter Joseph's Boozy Brunch at BookExpo America (BEA) last June, and one look was all it took. I knew it was a book for me.

First off, I adore Salma Knalil's photography. The photos are taken from fun angles and showcase a terrific collection of glassware. If you could see the photo of the Chocolate Chip and Bacon Pancakes (yeah, you read that right) with the maple syrup dripping down the sides, you'd be in the kitchen right this second. I mean it.

I also love the design of Boozy Brunch, especially the color palette. Earthy colors dominate the coffee and tea drinks, and fiery colors are used for the Bloody Mary variations. Cool blues for tropicals, and golden for Champagne.

It's clear that Peter Joseph is someone you want to know. In a slip of book, he's packed a wealth of knowledge about daytime drinks and indulgent meals all meant to be enjoyed in the most laid-back settings. Yeah, he tells you how to make the flaming garnish for a Ritz Cocktail, but instead of thinking it's pretentious, you really just can't wait to try this out for your best friend . . . on the deck so you don't burn down the house while you both collapse in laughter.

And how's this for pure brilliance: The Bloody Mary Buffet. This is a "make-your-own Bloody Mary spread" so all your friends and family can create individual versions of the perfect, classic daytime drink. It sounds like so much fun that I'm hoping for at least one more warm Sunday so I can invite the neighbors over for a fall deck party.

And no worries about what to serve because Joseph hasn't forgotten that brunch involves food as well as drink. What would I make for that deck party? The Full English Breakfast Quiche, with its pork sausage and mustardy crust and Egg and Cheese Strata, which has got to be the easiest brunch dish ever. I kind of made the Roast Beef Hash last weekend, but I had leftover lamb and a slightly different veggie combo than the recipe Joseph provides, but really this a dish that begs for a "come as you are" invitation: sweet potatoes, warm spices, chopped roast meat all topped with a fried egg.

Peter Joseph's Boozy Brunch is the weekend companion you've been dreaming of. Whether your tastes run toward a Champagne cocktail, a Bartender's Breakfast, or a Salty Dog, you'll find the right match for your kind of Sunday morning.

The perfect drink for that hash I made? I picked the Bloody Marie. What can I say, I saw Pernod, and I came running.

Bloody Marie
1 drink
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash Pernod absinthe
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a racks glass or tumbler with a cube of ice.

Buy Boozy Brunch at an Indie, at Powell's, at Book Depository, or at bookstore near you. These links lead to affiliate programs.
Published by Rowman & Littlefield /Taylor Trade Publishing, 2012
ISBN-13: 9781589796782
Rating: A
Source: Review (see review policy)
Copyright © cbl for Beth Fish Reads, all rights reserved (see review policy)


caite 9/22/12, 6:39 AM  

hmmmm...that hash sounds delicious.
But I must have a choice other than the Bloody Mary...I can not stand tomato juice or anything like it.

jama 9/22/12, 6:42 AM  

Brunches feel so decadent. English Breakfast Quiche! Yum. Thanks for the sparkling review :). *clinks glass*

Pierce 9/22/12, 6:56 AM  

We have a few cocktail books such as this. Love them. The ones with stories and lots of great photos are far more enjoyable to peruse than the recipe only sort.
I have not had a Bloody Marie but love the Caesars and Marys....Hail all the Bloody drinks!

bermudaonion 9/22/12, 7:23 AM  

Oh, the sacrifices you and Mr. BFR make for your blog! The cookbook sounds wonderful!

Beth 9/22/12, 7:56 AM  

I'm not a big cocktail drinker in general, but I love a good bloody mary, so why not a bloody marie? I never knew that pernod made absinthe. My husband drinks ricard on a near daily basis, though. :)

JoAnn 9/22/12, 8:17 AM  

Yes, everyone loves brunch... especially one that features chocolate chip and bacon pancakes! I definitely need to take a closer look at this book.

Peggy Ann 9/22/12, 9:04 AM  

The title made me giggle! I love brunch but we don't really drink cocktails. An occasional glass of wine or an Irish Coffee is about it.

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook 9/22/12, 9:45 AM  

Does sound delicious. I've never had Pernod, I'd like to try it. I'd love a nice Boozy Brunch :)

Les 9/22/12, 10:32 AM  

This is definitely going on my Must Buy list! It looks will make an excellent hostess gift, as well as one for my personal library.

softdrink 9/22/12, 10:33 AM  

I'm with Caite...I can't stand tomato juice. Champagne, on the other hand....

Fay 9/22/12, 11:19 AM  

Cracking up at the book's title. Sounds like the path to a good time before you even look at it.

Chinoiseries 9/22/12, 11:25 AM  

Oh boy, what a decadent book this must be :) Brunches are really underrated though, we should all spend more time chatting and hanging out with our friends and family while eating delicious foods and sipping delectable drinks at brunch!

rhapsodyinbooks 9/22/12, 11:54 AM  

I love Kathy's comment! LOL

Beth S. 9/22/12, 12:27 PM  

Just from that last picture you posted I can tell the photographs in this book are exactly as you described. Sounds like a really cool book!

Carole 9/22/12, 3:41 PM  

Hi there - I have linked in a cocktail post to match your post! But fortunately it is early in the morning here so I am not tempted to make a cocktail! Have a great week.

Linda 9/22/12, 8:21 PM  

I love the Bloody Mary buffet idea. I wish I was your neighbor!

Melanie 9/22/12, 9:01 PM  

The Full English Breakfast Quiche sounds wonderful! I love the variety in the book.

Gnoe (@graasland) 9/23/12, 10:38 AM  

I really like vodka & pernod and I'm a tomato juice addict, but Bloody Maries... Not my thing. It's such a waste of the juice! And the alcoholic beverages ;) So I rather drink them apart than together!

On this autumn day you just reminded me of the bottle of Ricard in the cupboard that I bought in France... So have a nice afternoon! :)

Nan 9/23/12, 12:40 PM  

Have you seen the movie on Netflix Instant called Absinthe? I've just seen a couple minutes but it looks interesting.

(Diane) bookchickdi 9/23/12, 4:05 PM  

I adore brunch! I love to make a fun Sunday brunch for my family just as much as I love to go out to a restaurant for it. I've seen this book and now know I must pick it up.

Christine 9/23/12, 4:48 PM  

Sounds good to me! I love brunch and love bloody mary's too. I rarely have them, but when I do.. I really enjoy them. I like that this book has both food and cocktail recipes. Going to look for it. I think it would make a nice gift, too.

Julie P. 9/23/12, 5:49 PM  

I love brunch foods so this one would be right up my alley.

grammajudyb 9/23/12, 6:41 PM  

OOOH I have always wanted a recipe for a bloody mary.....thanks.I was away for the weekend, so no food posts, except that we did eat some awesome, home-cooked meals. When I get the recipes I'll share on my blog.

Cecelia 9/23/12, 8:29 PM  

Booze is the best thing about brunch, right!? Or... maybe it's the food. Either way it should include both. Thanks for sharing this one - looks fun!

Joy Weese Moll 9/23/12, 9:47 PM  

What a fun idea for a book! I've never had a breakfast cocktail except for mimosa, so this opens up a whole new world.

Daryl 9/24/12, 9:00 AM  

well, finally i can join in with an actual cooking post .. yup ... you read it here and now come see for yourself .. cooking happened

love a good bloody ... havent had one in a while, the last perfect bloody was at White Dog Inn in Mathews, VA

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