Culture

For the love of breakfast

With my head filled with interesting findings about our changing approach to eating and snacking from a few recent, fascinating projects, I was thrilled to come across The Breakfast Bible. The brainchild of Seb Emina and Malcolm Eggs, from the brilliant London Review of Breakfasts, it explores international breakfasting in all its weird and wonderful incarnations.

Having grown up in Sweden, a country where it’s perfectly normal to eat rye bread sandwiches with ham and cheese (and a slice of red pepper, yum), before moving on to embrace the Gallic love of café crèmes and croissants during various stints in France, and finally acquainting myself with the full English in all its glory (love the mushrooms and sausages, hate the beans) I feel it is probably time for me to expand my repertoire and the Breakfast Bible seems to be the perfect vehicle. Perhaps through a ‘Julie & Julia’-style challenge to myself to cook through each of the recipes one Sunday at a time? Portuguese Pastéis de nata would be a surefire hit with the family; Punjabi channa masala and poori may be a bit more challenging for a 3-year old hooked on Rice Krispies, but who knows – it’s worth the gamble.

Whatever the verdict from the judges at home, an odyssey through the worldwide classics covered in The Breakfast Bible will give us a taste of the world and its diversity – surely a worthwhile accompaniment to the Sunday papers?

Anna Noren is typically fuelled by a breakfast of Greek yoghurt, muesli, fruit and honey