Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Just Think Outside The Box


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In keeping with all the latest buzz surrounding a 2005 book penned by David Hoffman, as Fruit Loopy as it might sound, breakfast cereal -- isn't just for breakfast anymore.

Hoffman, who also wrote bestseller, The Easy-Bake Oven Gourmet, seems to have done it again with his latest book titled The Breakfast Cereal Gourmet Cookbook, currently leaving the bookstore shelves -- like hotcakes. Hoffman's latest offering tells you that you can very easily experience the taste of Cap’n Crunch Crab Cakes, Lucky Charms Utah Lamb, Mocha-Cocoa Puffs Towers, and many more unique and tasty recipes, all created using your favorite morning cereal. The book also includes a brief history of cereal, interspersed with vintage photography, original advertising artwork, fascinating trivia, and contributions from several top chefs such as Rick Bayless, Gale Gand, and Sherry Yard.

Most people have heard of Rice Krispies Treats, but do you know who came up with them and why? Probably not, and this is where the entertainment factor kicks in. Not to worry though, as this book actually opens with a brief history of cereal and its varied uses throughout the last 100 years or so. Throughout the text, are pictures of the cereal boxes of yesteryear along with some "surprisingly" interesting facts on the subject of America's favorite breakfast food.

And given that only milk and soda outrank cereal in terms of what Americans buy at the grocery store, The Breakfast Cereal Gourmet is sure to leave the shelves as fast as the cereal it's celebrating.

By the way, I'll also admit that this book might even have quite a few of the most hardboiled foodies thinking "outside the box." I tried the Cap'n Crunch Crab Cakes over the weekend...and I don't mind telling you, they weren't bad at all. Mmmm...

So it seems what was once the most important meal of the day, can be eaten these days -- at any time.

Which begs the next question: Have you had your fiber yet today?

Good Wednesday, all. Peace.

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