“Since my kids were tiny, I’ve begun many mornings with a little ritual that involves poking my head into their bedrooms and whispering, ‘Rise and shine…,’ just loud enough to wake them from their sleep.”
With this lovely scene in mind, author Katie Morford introduces her new cookbook, Rise & Shine: Better Breakfasts for Better Mornings.
From smoothies, egg dishes, and grains to waffles and toasts, Rise & Shine is designed to make breakfast a priority. This new cookbook will make you want to slow down and start off your morning in the best way possible: full of good, uncomplicated, wholesome food. The Daily Meal snagged a few moments with the author to learn more about her inspirations behind the book; check it out below:
The Daily Meal: What is your philosophy of cooking?
Katie Morford: Keep it simple, use good ingredients, pack your plate with fruits and vegetables (local and seasonal when you can), and cook what you love to eat. Find balance by cooking food that is delicious, nourishing, and (ideally) shared around a table with people whose company you enjoy.
How did it inspire the recipes you chose to include in this book?
These are the dishes that I love to cook and eat with my family. I’m not a fussy or fancy cook and neither are these recipes. They’re loaded with wholesome ingredients, lots of produce, and they’re fairly simple. I'm realistic about what busy people are willing and able to tackle for breakfast because I happen to be one of them.
What are your favorite recipes in the book and why?
That's sort of an impossible question since I’m quite attached to all of these recipes. If made to choose, I’d start with the Barely Banana Protein Pancakes. The batter takes no time to make in a blender and the finished pancakes are tender and naturally sweet, with just a hint of banana flavor. From a nutrition standpoint, they’re head and shoulders above typical white flour pancakes.
I’m also sort of obsessed with the Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos. They're crave-worthy, which I attribute to the mash-up of chorizo, cheese, black beans, and zucchini, and I love that you can make and freeze a mess of them ahead of time.
The Honey Stewed Summer Fruit is a recipe I make all season long that involves gently cooking stone fruits with a little honey. Spooned warm over Greek yogurt, it's ridiculously good.
I’m also crazy about the Almost Instant Breakfast Drink, something I came up with when my daughter, Rosie, claimed she had no time to eat in the morning. She loved it so much, she started making it herself, pouring it into a to-go cup to take to the bus stop. It puts the likes of Carnation Instant Breakfast Drink to shame. I also have to give a shout out to Big Joe’s Huevos Rancheros. They’re in the Weekend Favorites chapter of the book and are not to be missed.
How do you hope readers will use this book, and what do you hope they take away?
My hope is that Rise & Shine gives readers a doable alternative to skipping breakfast or pouring it from a cardboard box. I imagine them using the recipes how I do, which is to find a couple of options each week to add to their repertoire. I tried to tackle the challenge of breakfast by offering something for everyone: dishes that take less than five minutes to make, ones that you can batch cook ahead of time, dishes easy enough for kids to make on their own, recipes you can start the night before and finish in the morning, and things that you can wrap up to eat on the way to school or at your desk. I hope by using this book, readers will see the benefit of nourishing themselves in the morning since it sets the tone for the entire day. It seems a shame to skip or short change yourself on a meal when you can easily make something so good and good for you.
Anything else you would like to share?
In the process of writing this book, I can’t tell you how many people told me that breakfast is their favorite meal of the day. I hope Rise & Shine offers a way for some of those folks to relish that favorite meal every morning, not just on leisurely weekend mornings.
From Rise and Shine by Katie Sullivan Morford, © 2016 by Katie Sullivan Morford. Photographs © 2016 by Erin Scott. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO.www.roostbooks.com. Click here to purchase your own copy.