|I purchased this book on my Kindle|
I read the book Water for Elephants, by Sarah Gruen and it was a very entertaining book! I read it on my flight to Denver and back on my kindle. The book is set in the 1920's during prohibition, and the narrator tells the story of his journey in the traveling circus of the Benzini Brothers. It's also educational as well, as I was able to understand more about the traveling circus of the early 1900s....quite different from the Circus which comes to the arenas today. I recommend for anyone looking for an entertaining book! You can find more about Water for Elephants at http://www.amazon.com/WATER-ELEPHANTS-Sara-Gruen/dp/B004CTHVU2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1303078324&sr=8-2.
One thing about the circus workers back in the day, was that they worked for minimal wages, a place to sleep (rail car) and 3 big meals a day, which were fairly extravagant for the setting.
There is a lot of information about the Circus in America, which travevled by rail, at the following website: http://www.circusinamerica.org/public/timelines?date1=1906&date2=1940. There is also good information about the food for the traveling circus workers http://www.jsonline.com/features/food/49451792.html.
Big breakfasts were a staple of the circus worker's diet back then. In the book, they reference this:
"And how are you this fine day?" says August. He digs into a pile of scrambled eggs.
So, I decided to make the "Perfect Scrambled Eggs" by Tyler Florence: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/soft-scrambled-eggs-with-avocado-recipe/index.html
Tyler Florence's recipe for Perfect Scrambled Eggs takes about 10 minutes to cook over very low heat, but the end result are the best scrambled eggs you've ever eaten! You basically whisk the eggs with a small amount of cream or half & half and then cook with a little butter over the low heat. Tyler's recipe calls for sliced Avocados on the side, although I'm sure the circus performers ate them plain :). I garnished the eggs with chives, and since I had quite a lot of leftover chives, I whipped them with some cream cheese and put on a toasted english muffin.