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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; First Edition edition (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006053849X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060538491
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most Americans recognize figs only from the thick, sweet, gummy filling of mass-produced cookies. But anyone who has relished the honeyed interior of a perfectly ripe fresh fig understands why the ancients so prized this fruit. Nowadays green and black fresh figs appear seasonally in supermarkets. Simmons recognizes that the prime time for fresh figs is brief, so her book includes recipes for both fresh and dried varieties in her compilation of fig recipes. Appetizer ideas include the ubiquitous figs with prosciutto, but then go beyond that to such savories as crostini with fig jam and goat cheese, and bacon-wrapped figs first poached in wine. In main dishes, figs serve as a sweet note in spicy curries or as star of a very contemporary salsa. Few desserts surpass the elegant spectacle of a fresh fig tart, the glazed split fruits sparkling like jewels within a sea of pastry cream. And for those nostalgic for the commercial stuffed cookie, Simmons explains how to make superlative Fig Newtons at home. Color illustrations contribute both beauty and utility. Mark Knoblauch
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About the Author

Marie Simmons, former food editor of Cuisine, is a regular contributor to Woman's Day, Bon Appétit, and Good Food. She is the author of several cookbooks, including The Good Egg, The Amazing World of Rice, and Fresh & Fast: Inspired Cooking for Every Season and Every Day.


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Award winning cookbook author, Marie Simmons, is a cooking school teacher, passionate cook and the author of over 20 cookbooks including Fresh & Fast Vegetarian: Recipes That Make a Meal, Fig Heaven, The Amazing World of Rice, Things Cooks Love (Sur La Table) and The James Beard Award winner, The Good Egg. Her latest cookbook, Taste of Honey, will be published June 2013.
www.mariesimmons.com

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Recipes are easy to follow and very good!
Jessica Ferguson
From super sweet to super savory this book has something for every palate.
Patricia Tolbert
If you have a fig tree, this book is a must-have for your kitchen!
Rebecca

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. A Magill VINE VOICE on September 21, 2006
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After buying a house with a large fig tree in the winter, my wife and I were astounded to see the size of the crop that appeared come the summer. So what do you do after you've begged all of your friends to come over and take bags of figs home, made fig-strawberry jam, eaten figs with cheese until you can't any more, and still have piles on the tree and higher piles on the ground? You run out and buy the Fig Heaven cookbook of course! With 70 excellent recipes, you will surely find many an excellent idea, from fig pinenut pasta to fig,green tomato, purple onion salad. Of course, you will still have enough figs so that your friends can take home all they want, but you will also fill your summer table with delectable dishes!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Ferguson VINE VOICE on July 6, 2004
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An absolutely incredible book on figs - from the mythical and biblical history to the botany and cultivation to the recipes, Fig Heaven is the definitive fig cookbook. For those of us without access to fresh figs on a regular (if ever) basis, Simmons supplies recipes that utilize a number of dried figs that are available year round in most larger grocery and specialty stores. Recipes are easy to follow and very good! From simple salads, desserts and even preserves to my favorite dinner (chicken, couscous, and dried fig salad with toasted almonds)Simmons covers a range of tastes and styles.
A fabulous gift book, especially if you can give it along with a young fig tree! Perfect for a new home owner or newlywed!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on August 5, 2009
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I attended a class taught by the author of this book that included 6 different fig recipes. All were delicious, and Marie Simmons clearly knows her stuff. We were served tasting portions of 6 different recipes, and I ate every bite (which is rare for me, because I am fairly picky about food). I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves figs (or even those who, like me, find them too sweet and oddly textured when fresh). The savory, cooked fig recipes were amazing. We had pork tenderloin with a fig marsala sauce, and I could have eaten that all day. If you have a fig tree, this book is a must-have for your kitchen!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Brooks on May 29, 2007
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What a wonderful book to add to my cookbook collection. Frest figs are not plentiful where I live but I love them! Now, thanks to this great book, I now have many inventive and delicious ways to prepare this fruit, dried or fresh-all year round! Kudos to Marie Sommons!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Tolbert on October 13, 2009
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Marie Simmons has a hit on her hands. Anyone who likes figs should own this book. Anyone who loves figs needs this book. Anyone who says they hate or don't like figs hasn't really given them a fair chance. My spouse was an anti fig person until I made the Fresh Fig Tart. Now she knows that figs can be so heavenly.

We have a fig tree and I wasn't too sure what I would do with all of those figs, especially if I was the only one eating them. From super sweet to super savory this book has something for every palate. Easy, straight forward recipes. I highly recommend this book.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Beckendorf on September 19, 2009
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This focused book provides clear, easy-to-follow recipes that really show off the wonderful flavor of figs. There's a variety of recipes - appetizers, salads, savory entrees, sweet desserts. Everything we've tried so far has been great! There is also an interesting introduction about the history, botany and cultivation of figs and a list of the many varieties. If, like me you love figs, I strongly recommend this book. We recently purchased a second copy for a friend who has a fig tree and never knew how to use all the fruit. Now she does!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I Do the Speed Limit TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 23, 2013
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I'll bet this author does not own a fig tree.....

If you are just buying some figs at the grocery store once in a while, this book will be adequate for you. But then, you could do an internet search and come up with at least the same amount of recipes--probably more actually...Then, when you consider the author includes loads of recipes for dried figs (really a different fruit entirely), then this book's value decreases even more.

If you have a fig tree or two, or three, like we do, you will probably be disappointed with the 70 recipes in this book, especially if you have been collecting fresh fig recipes for while and are looking for something refreshing, new and exciting. These are fairly average recipes, and 70 recipes is really not that many. I was hoping for inspiration and helpful tips and facts; I did not find any of that in this cook book.

The pictures are pretty, though. I'm sorry I spent money on this book. I should have borrowed it from the library first, then I would have known. But I got carried away and excited by all the baby figs on our trees. Anticipation did me in...

And, the price of a new book is quite steep for a small book with only 70 recipes. You might want to take a look at the used books, as they are going quite cheaply. You might also want to consider why there are so many used copies available for such a low price.....

And, yes, I'm seeing all these other reviews and a lot of five-star ratings. I am an experienced cook, with three fig trees, so I just can't get excited by this book. And, yes, I will go out on a limb and give this book an average, three-star rating!
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