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Seasonal Fruit Desserts: From Orchard, Farm, and Market Hardcover – April 6, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767916298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767916295
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Madison (Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone) reinvigorates the possibilities of dessert by putting fruit center stage in this mouth-watering collection of recipes: apple crisp with cinnamon cream; berry and peach cobbler; nectarine and plum upside-down cake; and cherry tart with crushed amaretti. But it also ventures off the beaten path. The wild rice pudding with maple syrup and wine-soaked cherries is a marvelous twist on traditional dessert puddings, as is the sweet potato–coconut pudding. The various sauces and creams (sabayon, frangipane, raspberry coulis with muscat wine) are easy to make. Some of the most elegant recipes in the book are simple plates; they combine fruits with nuts and sauces (for example, figs with mascarpone and pine nuts); or pair fruits with cheeses (Teleme with dried fruit compote). Lovely sidebars and inserts offer a wonderful amount of information on fruit, fruit varieties, and cooking and baking with fruit to further enhance this book. Madison has a lovely writing style—clear, entertaining, and knowledgeable—and with her commentary it's as if she's in your kitchen discussing every recipe. (Jan.)
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“This is a lovely ode to fruit desserts. Deborah Madison gives us inspired, elegant combinations of flavors—fruits with cheese, in tarts and cakes, and with lovely, captivating ideas for using herbs, spices, and flowers to enhance their flavors. It’s a gem from a subtle, artful writer about a life enlivened by food and shared meals.” —Lindsey Shere, author of Chez Panisse Desserts
 
“I’m definitely a ‘fruit for dessert’ person and I’ve just gone crazy with this new book. The recipes are simple and beautifully explained in Deborah’s patient, knowledgeable voice. This is a book for both those just learning to cook as well as cooks with lots of experience.” —John Ash, James Beard Award-winning author and IACP Cooking School Teacher of the Year
 
“Here is the perfect dessert book for the savory cook; a collection of recipes valuing improvisation over precision and taste over intricate constructions. In Seasonal Fruit Desserts, Deborah Madison offers recipes that shout about the beauty and romance of a sweet apricot or crisp tart apple, while also connecting us to the stories of growers and the evolution of regional fruit varieties.” —Peter Hoffman, chef/owner of Savoy and Back Forty in New York City
 
“Deborah Madison is all about trust . . . the places she takes us beyond the recipe are what make her work so vital. Here, she is in all her glory telling us how to sort through the confounding variety of fruits for the best flavors and how to understand what we’re buying from the ground up. And she makes no bones about what she believes—taste and sustainability above all, local if at all possible, and in season always. Bravo!” —Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of The Splendid Table® from American Public Media
 
“From recipes for fresh fruits and berries accented with spices and syrups, to warm baked cobblers and preserves—along with her expert tips for sourcing the best of the market—Seasonal Fruit Desserts is a terrific collection of seasonally inspired recipes that I’ll be reaching for year round.” —David Lebovitz, author of The Sweet Life in Paris and Ready for Dessert
 
“Finally, fruit gets equal time in the masterful mind and hands of Deborah Madison! Her delicious celebration of biodiversity is filled with fresh new tastes of heirloom treasures.” —Poppy Tooker, Emeritus Chair, Slow Food USA Ark of Taste and author of Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook
 
“Deborah Madison’s enthusiasm and authority has seduced a loyal readership and she has done it again with this book—the only book fruit desserts a passionate cook will ever need.” —Peggy Knickerbocker, author of Simple Soirées

More About the Author

Deborah Madison is the author of nine cookbooks and countless articles on food, cooking, and farming. Currently she blogs for Gourmet and Culinate.

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I love everything that Deborah Madison has published.
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So far I've made cookies from the book (everyone loved them), and can't wait for more fruit to become available at the farmer's markets to try many more recipes.
Lynn Craig
I plan on going to market to buy delicious fruit (and heading out to local farms and picking my own!).
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Craig on May 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love the focus of this cookbook. Deborah Madison has packed the book with terrific recipes using fresh fruits, as well as lots of information nuggets about why it makes a difference to buy locally. The mouthwatering photography tempts me to try every recipe in the book. So far I've made cookies from the book (everyone loved them), and can't wait for more fruit to become available at the farmer's markets to try many more recipes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Microbes on July 25, 2013
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I had checked out this book from the library to see if I liked it, and I did, so I ordered it. My only criticism is that for my taste, she doesn't use quite enough sugar, and I don't like things intensely sweet. That is easily remedied, so I know I'm going to like having this.
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26 of 39 people found the following review helpful By datura2002 VINE VOICE on April 15, 2010
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As summer approaches, the farmer's market season begins in earnest. I plan on going to market to buy delicious fruit (and heading out to local farms and picking my own!). Although I'll eat a lot of it straight, I also want to bake some into desserts, and this is one of the first cookbooks I'm going to use.

This is the first baking/desserts-only cookbook from Deborah Madison, IACP and James Beard award-winning cookbook writer of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and The Greens Cookbook. Her recipes are reliable, but accessible for a home cook who doesn't want a lot of fuss.

Madison loves fruit, particular fresh regionally-distinctive produce, and her expertise on growing seasons and different fruit varieties across the United States shines here.

I'm particularly looking forward to summer, when I'll be able to make the Wild Blueberry Tart in a Brown Sugar Crust, and the Strawberries in Red Wine Syrup.
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This book is as beautiful as the first one I ordered. Fruit is my favorite dessert
and I look forward to making all of them. The book itself is outstanding. It is a
pleasure to cook from her books. They are as pretty to look as well as cook from.
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By classicist on September 3, 2013
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Deborah Madison has out together a lovely volume of mostly simple, entirely delightful, and in fact inspirational recipes and suggestions.
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I love everything that Deborah Madison has published. This book has many recipes that I am eager to try, based on seasonal fruits.
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By karen on May 21, 2013
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More truly fresh and wonderful, not too complicated, recipes from Deborah Madison----it's a great addition to my extensive library of cookbooks!
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