Where to Eat Brunch This Weekend: The Blue Room

By Scott Kearnan  |  April 4, 2014

Cookbooks: for many of us who eat out more often than in, they're mainly used as paperweights, shelf decorations and propping up uneven kitchen tables. (Guilty as charged.) For chefs, they're gospel. And starting this Sunday, April 6, The Blue Room will offer praise to seminal titles with its new Cookbook Brunch ($27 buffet pricing), a monthly series that honors a different tasty tome by incorporating book-derived menu items alongside the existing brunch spread; a new book will be introduced on the first Sunday of each month. This Sunday's kick-off (11 AM-2:30 PM) takes inspiration from the hugely influential Italian cookbook "The Silver Spoon," and will include plates like Uova in Cocotte ai Porri ("eggs en cocette with leek"); Broccoletti Piccanti allo Yogurt, a warm broccoli rabe with yogurt, garlic, parsley, and chilies; and  Arrosto con il Rosmarino, pork shoulder with rosemary and braised with onions and garlic. Future editions of the series will turn to Jean Anderson and Elaine Hanna's "The Doubleday Cookbook" in May, James Beard's "The Fireside Cookbook" in June, Irma Rombauer's "The Joy of Cooking" in July, and in honor of the former Cantabrigian's birthday month, Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." (1 Kendall Square; 617-494-9034)