Book Review: Eggs by Michel Roux


Michel Roux

Photography by Martin Brigdale

John Wiley & Sons, 2005

A few weeks ago I told you about my son’s foray into the raising of chickens. Of course, you know what the next step in the process is – yes, getting ready for all those eggs. Christopher and Genevieve found the best book to help them prepare. Eggs by Michel Roux takes eggs to the gourmet level. It’s a simple yet elegant book. Here is an excerpt from the first paragraph telling readers why he wrote this book.

“I  respect the egg for its genius in all forms of cooking. In my view, it is an undervalued food, invariably overshadowed by expensive, luxury ingredients. So, I have decided that it is time for me to write a book about this most fragile and defenseless of all foods, to bestow the egg with the honor it deserves.”

He does indeed ‘bestow the egg with honor’. 120 recipes along with pictured instructions on how to do the basics in each of the thirteen chapters. Most of the basics were familiar to me but how he took each eggpixprocess and made it special was amazing. Here are a few examples:

  • In the first chapter on boiled eggs, he includes a recipe for Mollet Eggs in Tomato Nests with Crunchy Cucumber. (Mollet eggs are in-between soft boiled and hard boiled.)
  • Poached Egg on Onion Tartlet
  • Scrambled Eggs with Crab and Asparagus Tips
  • Chicken and Mushroom Crepes

Eggs can be served at breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and appetizers. His book covers the full range of egg cookery including, in addition to those I’ve mentioned, omelets, souffles, crepes & batters, egg-rich pastries and pasta, custards, creams and mousses, ice creams, meringues & sponges, sauces and dressings.

Last January I read in that month’s Bon Appetit magazine an article titled, “Anything With an Egg on Top”. The article explained that eggs on top is now an “In Thing”. They had recipes for pizza, salad and pasta with eggs on top. (A portion of the article is here.) For years I’ve been making my husband a Sunday morning treat of pancakes with eggs on top. Now, I told him, he is finally “in”.

Eggs are an excellent and economical source for protein. You can’t go wrong with Michel Roux’s Eggs. What kinds of dishes do you make with eggs? Anything with eggs on top?

Growing chickens using sustainable methods is growing in popularity both here in Sonoma County, California and around the world.  If you’d like to read about my son’s experience, go to his website, Sustainable Chicken. If you’d like to read my ‘I Love Chickens’ post, go here.

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7 Responses to Book Review: Eggs by Michel Roux

  1. Beth F says:

    Sounds like a handy book for those with a surplus of eggs! Thanks for sharing this one.

  2. Cerrin says:

    Books like tat are great when you change from electric stove to a gas stove. It will help you when cooking boiled eggs. I had this problem when I moved into my first apartment. Took me forever to figure out how to get hard boiled eggs cooked properly on a gas stove.

    Now I want eggs for breakfast…and pancakes. Geesh and here I am at work already.

  3. stacybuckeye says:

    You’ve made me hungry, but I think my eggs are old! I love the cover.

  4. Jay says:

    Eggs are very important in my chain of food. Here is an idea have eggs on oatmeal so you don’t lose any of the important part of the egg. This was a mouth teasing post.

  5. Kathy says:

    We usually only eat eggs in the morning and my hubby is the breakfast chef. This looks like a book he would love.

  6. Phyl says:

    I love eggs! This book looks wonderful. My problem is that they make me sick to my stomach, darnit. I can pretty much only eat scrambled eggs; for some reason they don’t make me sick. I have no idea why.

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