Bliss on Toast: 75 Simple Recipes

Bloomsbury. Nov. 2022. 192p. ISBN 9781639730711. $26. COOKING
Choosing the right bread when making toast is critical. Culinary writer, novelist, restaurateur, and Great British Bake Off judge Leith (Prue: My Favourite Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking and Eating) believes that what goes on top of that piece of toasted bread is equally important. In her sharply focused yet sublimely delicious exploration into what tastes good on toast, Leith delivers 75 recipes, each designed to serve two people, which range from classics such as bruschetta and beans on toast, to the more cosmopolitan treat, filet mignon with café de Paris butter on brioche. A separate chapter features vegetarian and vegan offerings, while those with a sweet tooth will appreciate a section dedicated to desserts. The head notes to each recipe are delivered in Leith’s cheery and charming voice, tips regarding ingredient substitutions are included, and a bevy of excellent color photographs provide a preview of what to expect. While Leith fully embraces culinary short-cuts such as using store-bought ingredients, she also offers a succinct collection of recipes for those who wish to make components such as hollandaise sauce from scratch.
VERDICT Low-carb diet devotees aside, most readers will find a wide range of yummy things to munch on in Leith’s bliss-inducing carbo-centric cookbook.
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