Kick start your day with a good breakfast

Breakfast Tribute–Marion Cunningham

on November 3, 2013

This is my 80th post, so I thought I’d look back to the 1980s for inspiration. Isn’t it lucky that one of the most acclaimed breakfast cookbooks ever, Marion Cunningham’s The Breakfast Book, was originally published by Knopf in 1987.

the breakfast bookAbout the most promising meal of the day, Ms. Cunningham writes, “Breakfast has remained pure among all the food trends with their stylish dishes and chic ingredients. The honest simplicity of breakfast is so captivating.” Amen!

How I wish I’d known Marion Cunningham…and could have in my pre-teen days when I was living in Mill Valley up in Marin County and she was living outside of Oakland in Walnut Creek (where Aunt Dot and Uncle Jack Rowe lived with my great-grandmother Jenny Whittingham). She could’ve popped by in the Jaguar she bought with her first royalty check from The Breakfast Book. Mom, too, would’ve loved her. They agreed that it’s necessary to gather as a family around the table, but also in another essential truth: while the home you create for your family is a sacred duty, the private and public life you create for yourself is a gift.

Photo: Brant Ward/The Chronicle

Marion Cunningham and Edna Lewis                          Photo: Brant Ward/The Chronicle   








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