Delighted by her beautiful breakfasts, B&B Guests at Shawnee Falls Studio, Gallery and Guesthouse requested owner/artist/innkeeper Gwendolyn Evans Caldwell write a cookbook; Bodacious Breakfasts is the result, with recipes and commentary reflecting the author’s life spent in many locales and her flair for creative presentation. “All creativity is similar,” Gwendolyn says, “whether I am painting in my studio or arranging flowers for the antique dining table in front of our 18th century hearth, or rolling out croissants in my kitchen. Thoughtful planning in solitude and inspired attention to detail lead the way to joyous breakfast gatherings and every table setting and recipe reflects a bit of one’s life story.” Few cookbooks devote themselves to just breakfast. But Gwendolyn’s cookbook recognizes the most important meal of the day deserves to be nothing short of bodacious—like the 4-course breakfasts she serves at her B&B.
Breakfast Inside, Outside and All Around the Box
By Edward Magel on Mar 17, 2010
Gwendolyn Evans Caldwell has come to the rescue of any cook like myself, who is stumped when innovative breakfast dishes are called for. This book is chock full of recipes that are sure to satisfy, not daunting to accomplish and still let a home cook show off a bit when entertaining. I'm eager to try the Costa Rican Layered Tortilla Breakfast which could easily be traded out for a Vegetarian Dinner Option that would be very family friendly. And Crab Cakes Benedict sounds like a guilty pleasure reserved for only your VERY best friends. For anyone who enjoys baking, Ms. Caldwell's recipes for Croissants, Apricot Muffins, Pecan Rolls and Scones are full of advice which lightens the degree of difficulty considerably, while not cutting any corners on quality and taste. The cookbook also offers spoonfuls of reflections, advice and a perspective I particularly enjoyed. The author's sense of kitchen thrift reveals itself in her late night mugs of Broccoli or Asparagus Cream Soup made from the days vegetable trimmings. Or in her ever-ready stash of Gwendolyn's Pancake and Waffle Mix. I'm sure it makes tastier, healthier and more economical flapjacks than anything on any store's shelves. Bodacious Breakfasts indeed, with the accent on MORE.