The recently released cookbook SymmetryBreakfast: 100 Recipes for the Loving Cook by Michael Zee is about the most important meal of the day—how to make it with love, present it with style and eat it with pleasure. It’s a guide to feeding not only your own soul, but the souls of your loved ones, too.Alongside 90 internationally inspired recipes, gorgeous photography shot entirely on an iPhone and lessons in the art of food-styling, this unconventional cookbook explores what breakfast is and what it means to people around the world. SymmetryBreakfast offers ideas for perfectly plated assembly breakfasts to more complex dishes for seasoned cooks—all recipes with great stories behind them.
SymmetryBreakfast started as a phenomenally popular Instagram page incorporating world cuisines, contemporary design and a story of love over the meal of breakfast. The Instagram page has been featured in The Guardian, Washington Post, Telegraph and Sunday Times and endorsed by Jamie Oliver.
Michael Zee studied photography at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth and later went on to teach Art and Design in secondary schools in London’s East End. He then completed his masters in Museums and Galleries in Education at the Institute of Education and has worked at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and most recently in public programming at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Michael’s passion for cooking comes from his parents and his mixed English, Scottish and Chinese heritage. Weekends and school holidays would be spent working in his father’s Chinese and English chippies in Liverpool and teaching himself to bake for his mother’s sweet tooth.
Michael created SymmetryBreakfast for his partner Mark in their Hackney flat in 2013. Mark’s hectic job as a menswear fashion designer means late nights and weekends in the office. Early on in their relationship, breakfast became a sacred moment in the day, and Michael started on his mission to make each meal as celebratory as possible. Over 1,000 breakfasts later, Michael still wakes up early to make breakfast for Mark, looking carefully around the world and at home for inspiration, taking a simple idea and making it beautiful.
SymmetryBreakfast: 100 Recipes for the Loving Cook will be available for purchase starting November 15 via Amazon.
- Photos: From SymmetryBreakfast by Michael Zee, published by powerHouse Books