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The Apple Lover's Cookbook Hardcover – September 26, 2011
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"The handsome "Apple Lover's Cookbook" [covers] 59 kinds of apples...the challah baked with diced apples...falls into the category of "Why didn't I think of that?""-The New York Times
The handsome Apple Lover 's Cookbook has a section covering 59 kinds of apples with a description and color portrait of each. ...The heart of the book gives savory and sweet recipes, including an adaptation of Michael Field 's chicken liver p t with apple. And the challah baked with diced apples and raisins falls into the category of 'Why didn t I think of that?' --Florence Fabricant
After almost five years of researching, developing and testing recipes food writer Amy Traverso knows her apples. ...The result is The Apple Lover's Cookbook, a 300-page near-encyclopedia about the fruit that surely holds a special place in the American psyche. --Ros Krasny"
From savory to sweet, these recipes span gamut and show just how versatile the apple is. With The Apple Lover's Cookbook, Traverso has written an indispensible book that does what all cookbooks should: shed light and inspire. --Esther Sung"
...an extensive primer on apple varieties, from Ambrosia to Zabergau Reinette. ...For each, Traverso gives its category ('tender-sweet', 'firm-tart' etc.), best use, origin, availability, season, appearance, taste and texture. As if reading that didn't already make you an expert, the book has notes on how to tell if the fruit is fresh and how to peel one like a pro. Can't do it in one fell swoop like Grandma? Traverso has a section on the best tools of the trade, too. --Julia Bainbridge"
The handsome Apple Lover s Cookbook has a section covering 59 kinds of apples with a description and color portrait of each. ...The heart of the book gives savory and sweet recipes, including an adaptation of Michael Field s chicken liver pate with apple. And the challah baked with diced apples and raisins falls into the category of 'Why didn t I think of that?' --Florence Fabricant"
How many apple varieties can you name off the top of your head? Six? Ten? Traverso lays out a guide to 59 apples... If she were to stop there, fine. But she also weaves in stories of apple farmers who ve garnered a following by what and how they re growing, and a meeting with a researcher at Cornell University s famed apple breeding program who might make you think differently about genetically engineered apples. She offers storage tips, crust-making tips, apple sizes and equivalent measurements, a source guide to apple products and cider tasting notes. --Janet Rausa Fuller"
Traverso provides a compelling history of the apple throughout civilization and a short overview on apple genetics before launching into a detailed primer of 56 different varieties. ...In sum total, this is a solid compendium that is as satisfying and reliable as its namesake fruit. "
When I said I wish there were a book like this for every single fruit and vegetable, I meant it. The Apple Lover's Cookbook is one resource you ll keep coming back to for years both for its appealing, timeless recipes and for its invaluable, exclusive apple information. --Pam Anderson"
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Yes..... there are a lot of good orchard/gardening/growing books on apples out there (and I suggest one consult these for planting and care of their trees) and some of them even list how a particular apple "tastes" but I generally prefer to cook, dehydrate, or bake with apples more than eating out of hand.
I found that looking up the type of recipes I make the most and cross referencing the apple varieties used for those recipes was the most helpful in deciding which other apple trees I want to expand my orchard with.
I do own a good selection of other apple and fruit cookbooks and find this one be a favorite.
Another aspect of the book that is useful relates to cyclopedic style presentation of types of apples. It starts with a table that contains most varieties of apples and how best to use them. With expanding access to more than the usual types of apples the list is helpful.
A number of the recipes also stood out. While apple recipes are common, it's always interesting to find new ones such as a savory tart with a different, satisfying take on crust flavors. My favorite recipe, however, was the Swedish Apple Pie. You don't even need a crust to make this great dessert. If, however, you're looking for an exhaustive cookbook on apple dishes, this book doesn't qualify. It's actually a well-rounded presentation. The content shines, the recipes are satisfying, and at the very least this book is worth a trip to library. For those who have access to lots of apples or simply enjoying increasing their understanding of favorite foods, read on! For fans of the television shows "Foodology" or "Food Science" you will find this book a satisfying book.
The book also makes for a great read, and I spent a few hours with it the first day I got it, between the history of apples (they come from Kazakhstan!), stories about various heirloom apple growers, "biographies" of 59 different apples, and of course the recipes themselves. I am looking forward to working my way through it in the coming months!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this cookbook--I have learned so much about apples--it's a great read!Published 2 months ago by Sharon
This is a great cookbook, with lots of good recipes and history. I have enjoyed reading it just for its history of apples (their growth, how they spread, and when they were... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JTC
This is a GREAT cookbook written by an even greater lady. You should definitely purchase it if you are looking for great apple recipes!Published 4 months ago by Tracy
Especially like the section on descriptions and uses for the apple varieties.Published 4 months ago by Randall J Harner
It was a gift for a friend, he was pleased to receive it.Published 13 months ago by Tracy M. Dewall