D'Lish Deviled Eggs came in the mail some time ago, and it has been sitting there, waiting, waiting, waiting to be reviewed. I think of it often as I truly like deviled eggs. The book (and yes, it is a book, not a case of deviled eggs) is subtitled "a collection of recipes from creative to classic" and that is exactly what it is. Authored by Kathy Casey, the little book has a cover -- back and front -- adorned with pictures of, well, this will not surprise you": deviled eggs. Most notably, they are eggs filled neatly, probably using a pastry gizmo. Since the book comes from Andrew McMeel, of course it is nice to look at.
For a change, I have really looked at the recipes, and yes, the subtitle does it justice. What happens when you think about various other classics and -- think of deviled eggs -- and then combine them into something tasty. What happens when egg means MORE than merely hen's eggs (chickens that is), but also duck and quali, for example. What happens when you consider the possibility of moving past whatever your usual deviled eggs are for brunch - and look at the menus of themed deviled eggs available here.
What happens for me? I smile.
My own usuals involve hot mango chutney or mustard or dill (and, of course, the ubiquitous mayonnaise). But these offer both options -- and inspiration. Like deviled eggs, what we have here is both retro and . . . today-ish.
So, do I recommend this? Yes, I do. And, I recommend it to both those who love to cook and those who, seeing a six burner GE monogram in their kitchen think "hard boiled eggs." The options vary by what is added (e.g., salsa and tapenade) or used to garnish (steak?). And, perhaps most importantly, when you read this you will be inspired to add to your usuals -- from the book itself or from your own imagination.
Not all inspirations are equal, of course. So, below there is a related article which may be the only time in my entire life when the notion of adding bacon and chocolate, well, not only does not seem wonderful but kind of puts me off. It's title: Chocolate Bacon Deviled Eggs. The recipe is NOT from the book reviewed here -- it is included just to make clear that I am not always positive about every conceivable recipe.