All-Time Best Brunch & All-Time Best Dinners for Two

The editors of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine have meals covered for any time of the day in two of their latest releases: All-Time Best Brunch and All-Time Best Dinners for Two.

All-Time Best Brunch delivers a well-tested recipe collection that features inventive takes on brunch classics (Huevos Rancheros delivers a whole meal from one sheet pan), helpful make-ahead options (you can freeze the Quick coffee cake unbaked for up to a month), and easy approaches to finicky favorites (Eggs Benedict offers a hollandaise that holds without breaking and a streamlined egg poaching technique). A smart chapter organization makes it easy to assemble a menu to create your perfect brunch, whether casual or fancy, large or small. 

I utilized two of the recipes in the book to make a scrumptious French toast – the basic French toast recipe was married with the pecan rum but adapted into a peach pecan French toast made with my own homemade peach jam. 

For a look inside All-Time Best Brunch see our  which features the following recipes: 



All-Time Best Dinners for Two will help you cook dinner when there’s just two to feed. For decades, the rule of thumb for recipes has been “serves 4 to 6,” or even more. But small households, newlyweds, empty nesters, college students, and other two-person families still want to cook great dinners without days of leftovers. The 75 appealing recipes in this book aren’t just scaled down – they’re re-engineered from the ground up using creative techniques. These recipes take out all the guesswork so you’re guaranteed perfect results every time. From Cheesy lasagna, which is cook in a loaf pan, to Juicy pub-style burgers, where you grind the perfect amount of meat yourselves for optimal flavor, this collection truly represents the best dinners for two.

For a look inside All-Time Best Dinners for Two see our   which features the following recipes: 


Special thanks to the publisher, America’s Test Kitchen, for providing the materials for our previews above as well as offering three sets of the books in our contest below.  

The publisher is offering three sets of these books to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in Brunch would you try first?

Which recipe in Dinners for Two would you try first?

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  • FireRunner2379  on  September 13, 2018

    From Brunch I would like to try Apple Fritters and from Dinners For Two I like the sound of Campanelle with roasted garlic, shrimp, and feta.

  • ksmith47406  on  September 13, 2018

    Thai-style beef salad in Dinners for Two sounds delicious. And Eggs Benedict from Brunch.

  • riley  on  September 13, 2018

    Dinner – Fennel, Olive and Goat Cheese Tarts
    Brunch – Huevos Rancheros

  • JRumi  on  September 13, 2018

    Dinner – Beef Stroganoff, and Brunch would be Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

  • NaomiH  on  September 13, 2018

    Fluffy cornmeal pancakes for Brunch

  • NaomiH  on  September 13, 2018

    Pasta with beans, chard, and rosemary for dinner

  • sarahawker  on  September 13, 2018

    In Best Brunch I would try Muffin in doughnuts
    In Best Dinners I would try Pork tacos with mango salsa

  • rchesser  on  September 13, 2018

    The Beef Stroganoff.

  • lauriesk  on  September 13, 2018

    From Brunch I would make Savory bread pudding with turkey sausage and kale

  • ravensfan  on  September 13, 2018

    Eggs Benedict

  • hillsboroks  on  September 13, 2018

    Baked eggs Florentine and honey roasted game hens.

  • demomcook  on  September 13, 2018

    From brunch, the 24 hour omelette.

    From dinner for two, Moroccan chicken with green olives.

  • kmn4  on  September 14, 2018

    Rose blossom mimosas

  • dbielick  on  September 14, 2018

    From brunch – Ham and cheese waffles. From dinner – Chicken pot pie

  • kmn4  on  September 14, 2018

    Pasta with beans, chard, and rosemary

  • AndieG52  on  September 14, 2018

    Brunch – Ultimate Cinnamon Buns and Dinner – Chicken Pot Pie

  • JMelnick  on  September 14, 2018

    Skillet eggplant Parmesan, although I may not share!

  • honken  on  September 14, 2018


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  • sgump  on  September 14, 2018

    Brunch = rum raisin French toast casserole
    Dinners for Two = lemon-herb cod with crispy garlic potatoes

  • elsid22  on  September 14, 2018

    Irish Brown Soda bread for brunch and classic pork ragu for dinner

  • mpdeb98  on  September 14, 2018

    Migas and Thai Chicken with Basil

  • gracieanne  on  September 14, 2018

    I would like to make the cornmeal pancakes

  • Kouture007  on  September 15, 2018

    I would make beef stroganoff.

  • ebs  on  September 15, 2018

    for brunch – 24-Hour omelet

  • ebs  on  September 15, 2018

    for dinner – Mediterranean style fish stew

  • PennyG  on  September 16, 2018

    Chai and Thai-Style Beef Salad.

  • LSanders  on  September 16, 2018

    Eggs benedict and Thai-style beef salad

  • CMCooks  on  September 16, 2018

    The 24-hour omelet!

  • jim.windle  on  September 16, 2018

    Bellinis & herb-rubbed pork tenderloin with fennel and artichokes

  • intrepid9923  on  September 16, 2018

    I would make Asparagus and goat cheese frittata!

  • MiMi60  on  September 16, 2018

    Migas from All-Time Best Brunch
    White chicken chili (page 41)
    from All-Time Best Dinners for Two

  • RSW  on  September 16, 2018

    Savory bread pudding with turkey sausage and kale
    Parmesan and basil-stuffed chicken with roasted carrots

  • Kinhawaii  on  September 16, 2018

    Ultimate cinnamon buns & skillet eggplant parmesan sound delicious!

  • mpennington  on  September 16, 2018

    I would make Chaoi from Brunch. It's one of my favorite teas. And definitely Yankee Pot roast from Dinners for two.

  • threefourpfeif  on  September 16, 2018

    Ultimate cinnamon buns look fantastic

  • sequoia55  on  September 17, 2018

    cornmeal pancakes

  • thewoobdog  on  September 17, 2018

    The Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts with Pomegranate and Balsamic, OMG.

  • jmay42066  on  September 17, 2018

    Thai-style beef salad in Dinners for Two and rum raisin French toast casserole from Brunch

  • matag  on  September 17, 2018

    Egg roulade with spinach and Gruyère

  • matag  on  September 17, 2018

    Braised halibut with leeks and mustard

  • Siegal  on  September 18, 2018

    I want to make the Irish brown soda bread

  • EmilyR  on  September 19, 2018

    Brunch : French toast casserole. Dinners for 2 : Moroccan chicken with green olives

  • circ2000  on  September 19, 2018

    For brunch, definitely the Eggs Benedict (one of my favs) and from the Dinners for 2… Thai-Style Beef Salad…

  • davisesq212  on  September 19, 2018

    quick and easy Parmesan risotto? i want to try that first!!!!

  • Dannausc  on  September 21, 2018

    Migas and white chicken chili

  • t.t  on  September 21, 2018

    Moroccan chicken with green olives

  • t.t  on  September 21, 2018

    Morning buns

  • fbrunetti  on  September 22, 2018

    French-style white bean stew

  • artthecat  on  September 22, 2018

    Brunch – Dutch baby, Dinner – Pad Thai

  • debbiehb  on  September 24, 2018

    Pan-roasted chicken breasts with garlic and sherry sauce

  • banba1  on  September 24, 2018

    asparagus and goat cheese for brunch and moroccan chicken for dinner. Now I'm hungry.

  • infotrop  on  September 25, 2018

    for brunch: Ultimate cinnamon buns…and later for dinner: Crispy salmon cakes with sweet and tangy tartar sauce

  • amylou61  on  September 25, 2018

    I'd try the Muffin tin frittatas and the Beef Stroganoff

  • Rosesrpink50  on  September 26, 2018

    Beef stir-fry with bell peppers and black pepper sauce.

  • kkarin  on  September 27, 2018

    Almond-crusted French toast for brunch and Eggplant Parmesan for my dinner.

  • Brancica  on  September 27, 2018

    Ultimate cinnamon buns

  • eatysmith  on  September 27, 2018

    Beef stroganoff!

  • lisambb  on  September 27, 2018

    I will always try cinnamon rolls first.

  • Laura1  on  September 29, 2018

    cornmeal pancakes

  • monasli  on  September 30, 2018

    Moroccan chicken with olives and fluffy ricotta pancakes.

  • MamaEnki  on  October 2, 2018

    brunch- muffin in donuts, Dinner- Thai Style Beef Salad

  • ket06e  on  October 3, 2018

    brunch – blueberry yeasted waffles, dinner – baked manicotti

  • tennyogirl  on  October 3, 2018

    Brunch – Migas, Dinner – Asian braised tofu with butternut squash and eggplant

  • choppergirl  on  October 7, 2018

    Ginger-peach Bellinis and Thai-style beef salad

  • cadfael  on  October 10, 2018

    Pad Thai

  • skyejaden  on  October 14, 2018

    rose blossom mimosa and Chicken and chorizo paella

  • NancyLynn  on  October 15, 2018

    I'd like to master a Bloody Mary

  • KarenDel  on  October 17, 2018

    I would make Baked eggs Florentine from All-Time Best Brunch

  • KarenDel  on  October 17, 2018

    I'd make Asian braised tofu with butternut squash and eggplant from All-Time Best Dinners for Two

  • herosky  on  October 17, 2018

    In the Brunch cookbook, rose blossom mimosas caught my eye. In the Dinners cookbook, the Thai-style fish and creamy coconut rice packets sounds amazing.

  • auntietina  on  October 23, 2018

    Brunch: Family-sized omelet with tomato, bacon, and garlic (wish I would have seen this before my niece's brunch bridal shower recently!!!)

    Dinners For Two: Crispy sesame pork chops with wilted napa cabbage salad

  • AnneOther  on  October 25, 2018

    My first-pick recipe from Dinners for Two is "skillet eggplant Parmesan," and from Brunch it's the "yeasted waffles."

  • lgroom  on  October 27, 2018

    Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Thai-style sald

  • Jenamarie  on  October 27, 2018

    Scrambled eggs with zucchini, feta, and mint
    Roasted broccoli with olives, garlic, oregano, and lemon

  • Mardeen11  on  October 28, 2018

    I love migas! And from the dinner book – chicken pot pie is a fave.

  • orchidlady01  on  October 30, 2018

    Chicken saltimbocca from All-Time Best Dinners for Two and Decadent hot chocolate from All-Time Best Brunch

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