"Anderson includes all muffins great and small in this book — beloved classics like blueberry, tempting newbies like Falafel Muffin Tops, and those muffins that border on dessert territory (looking at you, Swirled Mocha). I especially love her spread of savory muffins here — lots of choices for those of us who prefer savory breakfasts, plus many of them double as easy side dishes for dinners and potlucks."
"After sharing muffin-making fundamentals, including how to measure ingredients and mix batters, food writer and James Beard Hall of Fame inductee Anderson (From a Southern Oven) presents 70 recipes that skew more savory than sweet. A firm believer that muffins should not be cupcakes, the author fills hers with substantial and sometimes unusual ingredients such as country ham, hard-cooked eggs, rye flour, and freeze-dried corn powder. Readers who’d like muffins on their table every day will appreciate that Anderson’s recipes (e.g., butternut-pine nut muffins, honeyed whole-wheat English muffins, falafel muffin tops) are lighter and more nutrient-dense than average. They’re also, as Anderson points out, excellent entry points for young cooks learning to bake.
VERDICT: Need a break from bakery and coffee shop–style muffins? Anderson’s collection offers new variations on a traditional treat."
“Baking fads come and go, but muffins are forever! I love the recipes in this book—fun, clever, and so easy to make. It's time to rediscover an American classic.”
—Barbara Fairchild, former Editor-in-Chief, Bon Appetit
“Jean Anderson, seasoned professional, is the go-to person for muffins. With her new book’s helpful hints, many options and informative bakers tips, your first attempt with muffins is bound to be a success. So there is no excuse not to have warm muffins in your daily bread basket.”
—Jan Hazard, blogger, Food Editor of kitchengadgetgals.com, and former Food Editor of Ladies Home Journal