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Fruits of the Midwest - A Cookbook and Guide from Harvest to Table Paperback – July 20, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Flagship Technologies, Inc. (July 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615286240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615286242
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,994,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally Hainen on January 2, 2010
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I have spent New Years Day happily reading this wonderful book cover to cover. It was a true delight to imagine a summer day with the vivid colors and heady scents of the freshest fruit while pure white snow was just outside my window. I love this book!
Debbie has practical, clear tips for selecting, handling and storing fruit. There is such a variety of recipes with simple and direct instructions. With the addition of fresh apples, frozen or canned fruit, most of the ingredients are already in my pantry. I am able to have summer tastes on my table tonight!
The book is thoughtfully laid out with special hints and tips on the same page where needed. Debbie tells you the differences in varieties of the same fruit, and then writes what works best for her. She tells you what her family prefers as well as valid reasons why others may prefer a different texture or sweetness or way of preserving the fruit. Convenient tabs mark the beginning of each new section. She has valuable lists of substitutions and equivalents.
The photo of Debbie's grandmother on the cover of her book could be my own grandmother or great grandmother and evokes warm, sweet memories for me. It is a "feel-good" book. There is something in here for everyone!
Tonight's dessert will be Debbie's "Hurry-up Apple Dumplings".
Thank you, Debbie, for sharing your wisdom and wealth of information. This will be a treasured and well-used cook book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Russell on November 30, 2009
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Finally! -- a comprehensive, readable reference book about choosing, buying, preparing and storing fresh fruits!

It's great for anyone intimidated by the thought of preserving fruit either by freezing, canning or drying. And given today's overwhelming choices of fruit varieties and sources, it is perfect for anyone who doesn't know where to start. It is also excellent for those of us who watched our mothers and grandmothers preserve fruit without the aid of recipes. Their secrets are revealed here.

The author's approach is straightforward and down to earth. She generously shares information that was once common to all home cooks, but has been lost. There is no mystery here, just common sense methods, with easy-to-follow directions. She is reassuring and encouraging throughout. The sections on jams, jellies and freezing pies and pie fillings alone are worth the price of the book.

In every section there are tried and true (and uncomplicated) recipes for pies, cobblers, cakes, breads and salads. The recipes use ingredients that are common to all kitchens. There are recipes for standards like Apple Sauce, Peach Pie, and Strawberry Shortcake, and some special recipes like Blackberry Dumplings, Cherry Coconut Bars, and Blueberry Buckle. There's also a glossary, a troubleshooting tips section, and recipes for pie crusts, frostings and powdered sugar glaze. Under the "more" section you'll find information on rhubarb and pumpkins, and recipes for Blackberry or Raspberry Syrup, Cherry Shakes, and Fresh Peach Ice Cream. (Hungry yet?)

This book is for anyone who has ever seen a beautiful harvest of strawberries, blueberries, or peaches at a farmers market, and salivated for some homemade jam, or a fresh fruit pie, or for a freezer full of fruit to use throughout the year. That's pretty much everyone! Fruits of the Midwest will be an invaluable addition to your cookbook library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Anna on December 9, 2009
Luscious recipes!! But this is MUCH MORE than a recipe book. Excellent for anyone, but especially for young or inexperienced cooks.
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