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Fresh eggs offer great nutrition and unbeatable flavor. Whether you’re collecting eggs from a backyard coop or buying them from local farms, Jennifer Trainer Thompson has 101 delicious recipes to help you make the most of them. With unique twists on breakfast classics like French toast, eggs Florentine, and huevos rancheros, as well as tips for using your eggs in smoothies Fresh eggs offer great nutrition and unbeatable flavor. Whether you’re collecting eggs from a backyard coop or buying them from local farms, Jennifer Trainer Thompson has 101 delicious recipes to help you make the most of them. With unique twists on breakfast classics like French toast, eggs Florentine, and huevos rancheros, as well as tips for using your eggs in smoothies, mayonnaise, and carbonara sauce, you’ll be enjoying the healthy and delicious joys of fresh eggs in an amazingly versatile range of dishes. 


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Fresh eggs offer great nutrition and unbeatable flavor. Whether you’re collecting eggs from a backyard coop or buying them from local farms, Jennifer Trainer Thompson has 101 delicious recipes to help you make the most of them. With unique twists on breakfast classics like French toast, eggs Florentine, and huevos rancheros, as well as tips for using your eggs in smoothies Fresh eggs offer great nutrition and unbeatable flavor. Whether you’re collecting eggs from a backyard coop or buying them from local farms, Jennifer Trainer Thompson has 101 delicious recipes to help you make the most of them. With unique twists on breakfast classics like French toast, eggs Florentine, and huevos rancheros, as well as tips for using your eggs in smoothies, mayonnaise, and carbonara sauce, you’ll be enjoying the healthy and delicious joys of fresh eggs in an amazingly versatile range of dishes. 

30 review for The Fresh Egg Cookbook: From Chicken to Kitchen, Recipes for Using Eggs from Farmers' Markets, Local Farms, and Your Own Backyard

  1. 4 out of 5

    gina

    Sooo...when the three modest laying hens began having enough eggs where we were like "what do we do with all these eggs!" I needed a cookbook to back me up. Granted, the chickens weren't in egg laying overdrive. No, we just were egged out and not eating as much. They began to pile up. If you google around you'll find tons of recipes that pride themselves on using few or no eggs at all. None of that for me please. This book churns out recipes that easily require 4-8 eggs!! 8 eggs! Heck to the yea Sooo...when the three modest laying hens began having enough eggs where we were like "what do we do with all these eggs!" I needed a cookbook to back me up. Granted, the chickens weren't in egg laying overdrive. No, we just were egged out and not eating as much. They began to pile up. If you google around you'll find tons of recipes that pride themselves on using few or no eggs at all. None of that for me please. This book churns out recipes that easily require 4-8 eggs!! 8 eggs! Heck to the yeah! They also look doable (not too hard for us novice bakers/cooks). I highly recommend it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aubrey Anne

    I've been looking for a book that is a hybrid of keeping chickens,as well as recipes for their meat and eggs. This book isn't that, but it's as close as it seems I'm going to get in 2015. There are a plethora of egg recipes that are exciting, versitile, and diverse. Thompson also shares many stories from her family's chicken raising adventures which i greatly enjoyed reading. I've been looking for a book that is a hybrid of keeping chickens,as well as recipes for their meat and eggs. This book isn't that, but it's as close as it seems I'm going to get in 2015. There are a plethora of egg recipes that are exciting, versitile, and diverse. Thompson also shares many stories from her family's chicken raising adventures which i greatly enjoyed reading.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Simple, interesting recipes and really good starter info for keeping chickens.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    Good anecdotes about the author’s experiences with chickens and many egg recipes as well. Some of the recipes are very simple, perhaps for someone who has never cooked.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Book Review for The Fresh Egg Cookbook by Jennifer Trainer Thompson It isn’t 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. She talks about the triumphs and failures that come along with rais Book Review for The Fresh Egg Cookbook by Jennifer Trainer Thompson It isn’t 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. She talks about the triumphs and failures that come along with raising chickens as well as loving any animal. The recipes in this book are simple, clear, and absolutely delicious. I made a host of different recipes, but two recipes were my absolute favorite. My favorite recipe by far was the Mango Smoothie. The smoothie was refreshing, easy to make and it was filling enough to have for breakfast! The other recipe that I found very useful was the recipe for hard boiled eggs. I love hard boiled eggs, and when I first started raising urban chickens I was excited about the prospect of having tons of hard boiled eggs! However, every time I attempted to make hard boiled eggs I would end up with eggs that were pitted and impossible to peel. I learned from Thompson that my eggs were too fresh. She recommends in her book that you allow fresh eggs to sit several weeks before hard boiling them. I tried this technique, and it works! The shells peel off easily and there are no pit marks on my eggs anymore. I would recommend this book to people who love to cook as well as people who have no clue how to cook. Thompson’s recipes are simple, healthy, and delicious!

  6. 5 out of 5

    EdibleNotesReviews

    Which came first – the chicken, the egg or the cookbook? We wish this book had come first, certainly before the ever-more available fresh eggs at farmers’ markets or from the backyard coop. Egg recipes are often overlooked in more cookbooks than not, sublimed to mere ingredient status except in the occasional brunch cookbook. The Fresh Egg Cookbook from Jennifer Trainer Thompson (of Jump Up and Kiss Me Hot Sauce fame) handles the oeuvre without missing a beat. The mastery of egg cookery is one of Which came first – the chicken, the egg or the cookbook? We wish this book had come first, certainly before the ever-more available fresh eggs at farmers’ markets or from the backyard coop. Egg recipes are often overlooked in more cookbooks than not, sublimed to mere ingredient status except in the occasional brunch cookbook. The Fresh Egg Cookbook from Jennifer Trainer Thompson (of Jump Up and Kiss Me Hot Sauce fame) handles the oeuvre without missing a beat. The mastery of egg cookery is one of a chef’s essential skills (the folds of a chef’s toque classically represent the wearer’s proficiency in 100 ways to cook an egg) and when properly done, the egg shines far beyond just being a part of a recipe. Thompson catches the essence of how it’s done from the scrambled to the dessert with clean recipes, great photography, interesting egg-asides and enough (even though there are only 101 recipes) to keep even the most ardent egg-eater busy for a year. Edible Notes received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher and reeived no additional compensation. Copyright 2012 Edible Notes

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kate Maxwell

    The Fresh Egg Cookbook is a fabulous book that blends stories, tips on raising chickens, how-to's for the proper way to work with eggs, as well as many wonderful and simple recipes that use eggs. I have not yet had a chance to make any of the recipes, but a quick glance of them show this experienced cook that the recipes are very easy to follow and are full of flavour. Thompson shares her experience with raising chickens with her family and all of the 'good, bad and ugly' stories that go along wi The Fresh Egg Cookbook is a fabulous book that blends stories, tips on raising chickens, how-to's for the proper way to work with eggs, as well as many wonderful and simple recipes that use eggs. I have not yet had a chance to make any of the recipes, but a quick glance of them show this experienced cook that the recipes are very easy to follow and are full of flavour. Thompson shares her experience with raising chickens with her family and all of the 'good, bad and ugly' stories that go along with having chickens as a part of the family. I learned many new things about chickens and eggs from this book. Along with all of the stories and tips, there are also several pictures of the chickens that roam around the yard. One other interesting aspect of the cookbook, besides it being centered on eggs, is that not only is it divided up into various meals of the day, but each recipe has a little history with is, either how the recipe came into her hands, or the background of the dish, makes this book a joy to read. This book was provided as a galley by the publisher for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    With four hens in the backyard giving us 3-4 eggs a day, this book is essential in utilizing our amazing and plentiful bounty. Update: this was a library book, and it is so good that I will purchase a copy. The recipes are super and inventive (I'm cooking indian styled eggs for dinner tonight and cannot wait!) and I loved reading more about my favorite new hobby, raising hens. I'd say this is a must- have for folks with chooks. With four hens in the backyard giving us 3-4 eggs a day, this book is essential in utilizing our amazing and plentiful bounty. Update: this was a library book, and it is so good that I will purchase a copy. The recipes are super and inventive (I'm cooking indian styled eggs for dinner tonight and cannot wait!) and I loved reading more about my favorite new hobby, raising hens. I'd say this is a must- have for folks with chooks.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    The incredible edible egg! This is a totally charming book that has great recipes, beautiful photos, and wonderful stories about the author's relationship to her chickens. Very fun -- although I was hoping for tips on how to peel fresh hardboiled eggs. The answer seems to remain "keep them until they're not that fresh anymore." The incredible edible egg! This is a totally charming book that has great recipes, beautiful photos, and wonderful stories about the author's relationship to her chickens. Very fun -- although I was hoping for tips on how to peel fresh hardboiled eggs. The answer seems to remain "keep them until they're not that fresh anymore."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    I love this book! I read it cover to cover and expect to try many of the recipes. I also especially enjoyed the charming illustrations and fun anecdotal elements. She loves her chickens like I love mine!

  11. 5 out of 5

    May-Ling

    this cookbook with a story was a delight to read, imparting some wisdom about raising chickens, alongside a wide assortment of egg recipes. i like how there's a chapter on recipes for using lots of eggs - those come in handy sometimes! this cookbook with a story was a delight to read, imparting some wisdom about raising chickens, alongside a wide assortment of egg recipes. i like how there's a chapter on recipes for using lots of eggs - those come in handy sometimes!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    Great cookbook with interesting fun quotes and stories about chickens and eggs. Thanks to my local library.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kyannbarton

    Pretty good, pretty good.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

    A useful spread of recipes for using eggs without getting tired of them. I copied down a lot of recipes from here for future use when the duck eggs start to pile up.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Rueger

    Some good recipes in this book to use up you fresh eggs if you are becoming overwhelmed. Gorgeous pics as well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Atkins

    I love this book. Eggsellent recipes and an adorable yet very insightful guidebook on raising chickens. I hope she writes another one!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ietrio

    Nice try. There is a strong theme. But there are way too many words for too few recipes that aren't any special. Nice try. There is a strong theme. But there are way too many words for too few recipes that aren't any special.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Driskill

    If you have chickens or think you might like to this is a must have book. It has great tips for getting started and a great selection of recipes for eggs.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Nice cookbook especially for those with hens like me!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Annie Cochran

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adam

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Nyhof

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chastity

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tina

  27. 4 out of 5

    Miss Melissa Deakin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ru

  30. 5 out of 5

    Phillip Tompkins

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