I’m so sad to hear of her passing. The Fannie Farmer Baking Book is my favorite; I’m on my second copy. I was lunching in the Bay Area once when she walked through the restaurant by my table. I was absolutely thrilled.
magical indeed! Look at those perfect crisp edges, where the hump sinks just slightly into the bottom leaving a little gutter all the way around: it’s almost like they are asking for a glaze or icing, but perhaps that is too much for breakfast, maybe if they become dessert ginger muffins they would accept a simple orange glaze.
Tim, I thought of you immediately when I heard about Marion Cunningham’s death. I still remember a post you wrote, awhile back, about how much you love The Breakfast Book and how she’s such a champion for home cooks. They really don’t make them like that anymore, you’re right. xo–S
You are the best. I love this: the crying, the magic spell, the homage, the Jaguar. The Breakfast Book is one that’s long been on a secondary list that I forget about in the glut of new releases. Perhaps now’s the time.
Sadly, I did not hear of her passing until I read this post. I agree with you The Breakfast Book is my favorite cookbook to read with her The Supper Book a close second. I adore her simple, delicious recipes. Her crisp whole wheat buns are one of my all time best recipes.
Thank you for the unhappy news. Long live the home cook.
Thanks for this recipe, and most of all, thank you for your homage to Marion Cunningham. she gave me quiet courage many, many years ago and I began my life-long love of cooking with her help. I’m sure that many people can say the same. I also loved your homage to your grandmother, and now that my son and grandson are visiting, I find myself peeling oranges and fixing peaches for them as a quiet gift of love. Thank you.
OMG. I thought I couldn’t love your blog any more…and then you go and make an Anne of Green Gables reference! As an obsessive reader and a staunch advocate of books, I find it difficult to say this, but I think AoGG may be the *one* instance in which a movie surpassed the book for me. Or maybe not surpassed. Perhaps it was just that I watched the movie more times than I read the book–and I have read and re-read that book more times than I can count! But the movie…and Anne cradling Matthew’s head in the field. <> I think the no-frills Marion may have had a little of the best of Marilla in her.
I always loved Marion because she got what is great about food & cooking (very little to do with foam). And she loved a crispy iceberg wedge with a creamy dressing! I have a lot of cookbooks, featuring plenty of cool & trendy, but it is The Breakfast Book, The Supper Book and Lost Recipes that have pride of place on the shelf over the kitchen sink. RIP, Marion.
Oh, there you go making these awesome muffins and channeling my childhood (and I hope you were talkin’ AoGG’s Mathew Cuthbert! Sigh!) I got this cookbook from the library when you posted the juice recipe a while back (which I made and loved). I had so many recipes bookmarked that went unmade because I had to return the book. Time to buy, I guess!
I have hundreds of cookbooks — in my kitchen, where I have room for only a few, I keep The Breakfast Book close at hand. The day after the news broke that Marion Cunningham had passed away, I made her Bridge Creek Oatmeal Pancakes in tribute for our breakfast. My husband and I love them, made always with steel-cut oats, as she recommends. Here’s to a great home cook, superb food writer, and remarkable woman the likes of whom, as you say Tim, they don’t seem to make anymore! Thank you for your tribute to her, as well.
hello! long time reader. big fan! every time i make a recipe you’ve posted it rocks. first time i’ve been inspired to comment though. made these tonight and they are soooooo good! probably the best muffins i’ve ever had. usually i’m not a proponent of adding things or substituting in baking, but i had some lovely summer peaches sitting on the counter staring at me, and i thought…ginger peach. hello. i can’t stop eating them. help me.
When the original Anne of Green Gables movie was filmed, among other things, my job was to issue film permits. I got to issue a 1-day ($10 per day!) film permit for Kevin Sullivan to shoot the scene where Anne, with Diana’s help, releases the sheep during their summer picnic. I was so excited, Tim, because I’d contributed in a very small way to the movie! The icing on the cake was the location manager invited me to watch the filming. However, I had a mean boss who told me I was needed at work. I never did get to see the filming; I should have played hooky and just gone!
Thank you for your writing. Colleen Dewhurst is just the best, don’t you think? Since you have such impeccable taste, I’m going to check out Marion Cunningham’s The Breakfast Book. My soon-to-be-82-year-old father has his birthday next month and LOVES all things ginger. This will be one of his treats for his birthday lunch!
I made these muffins today. Oh my gosh….they are wonderful! The process is so interesting too…the minced ginger syrup with the lemon sugar zest is incredible. These are a wonderful addition to my summer! Thanks so much….
I adored this post–all of it. My mother in law is visiting and she is obsessed with ginger. My 7 yo has recently learned to make muffins. I think I see these muffins in my immediate future. And I’ve cried over people I’ve never met also.
I’ve made these muffins twice now and I agree – this is simply an excellent and classic recipe! It’s very simple but that just lets the amazing combination of ginger+sugar+butter shine through. The tops become a little bit crunchy and caramelized which is incredible. This is destined to be part of my staple repertoire. Also works well with whole wheat flour.
Thanks for posting! I’m so happy to have discovered this!