htbI usually steer clear of cookbooks, mostly as there are so many and they all start looking the same to me after a while. However, I recently came across How to Boil an Egg by Rose Carrarini and was totally charmed by the book, its recipes and excellent illustrations. And yes, I liked the cheeky title too.

About How to Boil an Egg by Rose Carrarini: How to Boil an Egg is the new collection of recipes from the trend-setting Rose Bakery in Paris. Following Rose Carrarini’s critically acclaimed Breakfast, Lunch, Tea (Phaidon Press, 2006), this new cookbook features over 80 original recipes where the egg is the star — from simple omelets to savory treats, pastries, desserts and more. How to Boil an Egg features nearly 40 specially-commissioned, full-page, original hand-drawn paintings of the finished dishes by award-winning botanical artist Fiona Strickland. The unique style and attention to detail that Rose Bakery prides itself on is captured in Strickland’s illustrations — which can take days to complete — making the book as much a treat for the eye as for the taste buds.”

Like most good books, cookbooks and otherwise, I learn something in How to Boil an Egg: it turns out you can do more with an egg than boiling or scrambling.

How to Boil an Egg by Rose Carrarini is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.