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Tom is the author of Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen, named Best American Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation, Tom's Big Dinners, and I Love Crab Cakes! He bested Masaharu Morimoto in an episode of Iron Chef America and was named 2008 Bon Appetit Restaurateur of the Year. Read his exclusive guest review of Janie Hibler's The Berry Bible:
Washington State is berry country. Every summer for a brief but glorious window of time, my Seattle restaurant kitchens overflow with berry abundance--first the sweet local strawberries, then blueberries, red and golden raspberries, boysenberries, blackberries, and finally, the wild huckleberries we buy from foragers, treasured in the restaurants for syrups, jams, and sauces. Berries are the sweet source of many purple-stained memories, like picking wild blackberries with my daughter, Loretta, when she was a kid, and slamming out hundreds of summer berry crisps after hours in the Palace Kitchen one year for the Bite of Seattle.
That’s why I’m delighted by this AmazonEncore edition of Janie Hibler’s Northwest classic, The Berry Bible. A bible it is indeed--every berry under the sun is included here, from cloudberries and currants to cape gooseberries and salmonberries. Read up on the history, habitat, and health benefits of each berry before diving into the recipes where berries are used in every course, from soups and entrées to drinks and desserts... even barbecue sauce.
Janie has studded the book with berry-relevant stories, anecdotes, and folklore. You can pick up some fabulous facts along the way. Did you know it takes 80 pounds of raspberries to make one 375 ml bottle of Framboise?
My wife Jackie and I like to put up a batch or two of my Mom’s easy freezer strawberry jam (right on the back of the pectin box!), but I think Janie’s excellent chapter on berry jams, jellies, pickles, and preserves will extend our repertoire this summer.
Now I’m going to head out to the deck with a Strawberry Mojito in one hand and my Berry Bible in the other to solve the big question--which dessert recipe to try first? I’m leaning towards Peak of the Season Blueberry Pie, but The Perfect Strawberry Shortcake sounds mighty fine. --Tom Douglas
Recipe Excerpts from The Berry Bible
Love this printing, it has full color photos, not drawing. The newer printing has drawings. Love some of the recipes.Published 15 days ago by Mary
Forgive the pun, but I am very interested in berries because of their healthy reputation. I have never had anyone explain how to buy berries and the differences they offer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by j eaves
If you love all types of beries, then this is the book for youl Many creative ideas and you will enjoy them all. So open your bookand let's get stqrted.Published 2 months ago by mak
Best written book I have read.. Easy to understand and answers about every question you can have .Such a good clear directions to all fruitsPublished 2 months ago by Carolyn
I was looking for new and interesting ideas for berries, but there was nothing new in the book. Very disappointed.Published 2 months ago by Maria
An excellent cookbook and treasure trove of information.The only reason I gave it four stars is because it does not contain color photos of berries useful for identification; Other... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lorine Strang
But not what I was looking for.
This book began by listing berries indigenous to North America. That's when I felt I was lost, but I kept right on reading. Read more
If you care about your health you should own this book. I eat a ton of berries to get my antioxidants in. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cast
I just bought this book, my husband & I picked fresh raspberries and I needed a couple more recipes and I have found a couple. Can't wait to try.Published 4 months ago by Teresa Shobe