We’d like to make a TOAST! Because everything’s BETTER ON TOAST.

Proving that all things are better on toast–even this blog–we offer you this guest post from Jill Donenfeld, author of Better on Toast. Just on sale yesterday, Jill’s cookbook is a fresh and fun approach to one of the planet’s most comforting of foods. Filled with color photographs that reveal all the delectable things you can do with toast, Jill’s cookbook is right on trend. And frankly, so is Jill. Here she is.

From Jill:

Maybe some of you haven’t heard, but on the West coast there’s a bread out there that’s rockin’ all the artificial extras out of pre-sliced loaves and turning their dials to protein, fiber, and organic whole grains to create the seediest, smoothest sounds on the shelves. Topping my charts in the bakery aisle is Dave’s Killer Bread. It’s a bread that rocks my world with its killer taste, texture, and dedication to the most authentic organic ingredients.

I Love Dave’s Killer Bread from all things delicious on Vimeo.

This month, to kick off my cookbook launch and to celebrate the fact that Dave’s warbling wheat is now available in Fairway, I made a video to honor the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Spring Induction ceremony. We’re “toasting” the eight new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and paying homage to them with toast recipes to cover and characterize all their classic hits. Here’s the set list:

1. First on the line up: Bill Withers’ Just the Two of Us Toast on Dave’s Thin Sliced Twenty-One Grains seared with a soulful slice of butter and two sunny-side-up eggs, because after all, they’re “ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.” Just these two ingredients are all you’ll need.
2. Next on stage, Ringo Starr’s All Starr Toast: Skillet-seared on Blues Bread and smeared with Chicken Liver Mousse to go back to his Liverpool roots. Ringo’s classic masterpiece, “Octopus’s Garden” is faithfully recreated with a tender combination of charred octopus and dusted with his very own “Starr” star anise.
3. In Joan Jett’s Cherry Bomb Toast, DKB Powerseed is covered in ground sumac and cloves to start it off real slow in “Crimson and Clover.” We’re dropping our “Cherry Bomb” with freshly popped skillet cherry tomatoes and topping with none other than Blackened Artichoke Hearts.
4. Sit back for a smooth ride on The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Strawberry Jam Toast: Bring back that Blues Bread, go deep in a field of creamy butter, and spread some sweet strawberry jam all over this sweet soulful morning slice.
5. We’re keeping it “high-class” with The Five Royales Royal Toast: Toasting in their royal lineage on Dave’s classic Good Seed Bread, we’re smearing on royal jelly butter honey and crowning their blues dynasty with what else but roasted royal trumpet mushrooms and King Crab. And on that final sleek note, we’re letting a royal velouté sauce take a solo all over this reigning sweet-salty combo.
6. On Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Little Wing Toast we’re hitting all his power tabs on Dave’s Power Seed Bread and going back to his Dallas roots with Smoky Texas-Style BBQ battered chicken wings.
7. And for Lou Reed’s Berliner Egg Cream Sunday Morning Brunch Toast we’re starting this “Perfect Day” on Dave’s Good Seed soaked in egg and milk, and then seared for an Egg Cream French toast. Spread marmalade on that like the creamy inside of a “Berliner” doughnut and slice off a few banana pieces from the Velvet Underground’s iconic cover art to stamp your morning with Lou. Finally, listen through Berlin all the way through (that whole album is a masterpiece) with a chord of dusted powered sugar.
8. And for the final act, “Nice Guys Finish Last” with Green Day American Idiot-Proof Toast: It’s pretty simple. Dave’s Twenty One Grains lays down a slice for “21 Guns,” and let’s hope any idiot can pop a slice into the toaster to crank out some of these toast classics.

So order your backstage pass early to the release of Better on Toast , which hit shelves March 31st, and meanwhile rock out to eight of these great artists’ hits on some of Dave’s Killer Bread!

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Curious about the Dave behind the loaf? Check out his inspiring story here with Julie Thompson of Huffington Post, or here with Lucas Adams at Modern Farmer.

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