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Berries: A Country Garden Cookbook Hardcover – March 1, 1994


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  • Series: A country garden cookbook
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Pub San Francisco (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002553449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002553445
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully designed and exquisitely photographed, this unique series showcases sensational recipes that exhibit the wonderful versatility of fruits and vegetables, fresh from the garden or greengrocer's basket.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 6, 2009
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An Amazon friend reviewed this; after having read that review, I became enchanted and simply had to acquire this volume. Now that I have it, I am quite pleased to have made that purchase.

The volume begins with a paean to the joys of picking and eating berries. This is followed by a glossary and hints about practical issues (such as washing, storing, and freezing) as well as an enumeration of different types of berries (from blackberry to lingonberry to strawberry).

Then, the recipes begin--and some of these really sound delicious! In the section headed "Openers," there is a little delight, "Chilled strawberry soup with pound cake croutons." Ingredients: strawberries, banana, orange juice, sour cream, raspberry liqueur, ice cubes, pound cake, and fresh mint for garnish. With the help of a blender, one can complete this treat in rather short order. Or one of my favorites--"strawberry jam." My mother used her own recipe when I was a kid.

Berries can be used with entrees, too. For instance, "Barbecued salmon with strawberry, mint, and cucumber salsa." One part of the recipe is creating a strawberry, mint, and cucumber salsa (in addition, an onion and some red wine vinegar); the other part is a barbecue sauce to serve with grilled salmon. And take a look at the recipe for "Seared pork loin with caramelized onions and blackberries."

And so on. The recipes are delightful just to read, and the photos look scrumptious.

So, want to try some different recipes, featuring fruits? You'll enjoy this little volume.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Farnsworth on August 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an EXCELLENT cookbook. It is beautifully photographed and contains amazing recipes. My Mother cooked from it all the time when I was a little girl and recently I decided I needed my own copy. Be sure to try the Salmon with Strawberry-Mint Salsa. A family favorite!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Berries: A Country Garden Cookbook" is a book of beauty about berries and lovely recipes with spring-like results. Open it and out spills photographs of berries and garden settings for simple, cool meals and treats with berries.

I love books like this. It reminds me of that thrill that bubbles in the heart when the first blip of green lines the edges of naked, cold tree limbs, when shoots pop their way out of just unhardened soil, when life is renewed again in nature. It's an exciting moment. "Berries" is like that--full of beauty and grace and poetry in pictures.

Kathryn Kleinman captures berries and berry products in two types of photographs: the sharp focus to depict the lush color of the fruit, the prickle of the stems, the fuzziness of the leaves. The other type is grainy, hinting at the antique quality of canning, vinegars, dessert glassware, special jelly jars and serving spoons. One of the most unusual of these is a still life with a wooden bowl of mushrooms, a basket of blackberries, a scattering of huckleberries, some plums, red onions and a pod of garlic. The senses are seared by the odd combination and teased into considering a dish with these ingredients.

Another shows a dull blue and gray basket of blueberries, a bottle of port, a spray of lavender, sitting next to a handful of mushrooms, upturned and mysterious. They combine to make "Pork Tenderloin with Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Cranberries, Blueberries, and Port." Text and recipes are by Sharon Kramis.

I love books like this. They make me think I could live another life--one of beauty and grace. Let's try the "Marionberry Peach Crunch," a lovely combination of tart berries and sweet peaches. If marionberries are unavailable, try blueberries. The dish is delightful and easy to make.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Taylor on February 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Narrow in scope, this cookbook is just one is a series published by Collins publishers. The pictures are welcoming and colorful. When you look at the images, you are encouraged to try the recipes. Ms. Kramis touches base with desserts, main courses, salads and appetizers among other things.

Her secret is the little things, using zest and incorporating citrus juices with the berries. The author is from the northwest, where she has access to many types of fresh fruit when it is in season. For those of us that don't have this option, in some cases, using frozen fruit will suffice.

I enjoyed looking at the various pages. I have tried a few recipes and am going to write down my favorites. I have many cookbooks and a limited amount of shelf space. At 95 pages, with at least a third of them pictures, I am going to donate this to the local library used bookstore so someone else can look at it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tzefirah on November 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I own this and all the Country Garden series of cookbooks. They are all visually gorgeous, and all written by professional chefs. Each book surrounds a featured ingredient which is seasonal. I must admit that many of the recipes could be considered "chi-chi," but for cookbook collectors, this series is really wonderful. I'm sorry they stopped adding to these books, and very sorry that they are going out of print.
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