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
I thought the recipes that were soups and smoothies took up a lot of the space and I just don't feel like those are things one needs a recipe for.
The habitat and distribution section will give you a really good idea of which species and cultivars you may find in a true `local sources' farmers market.
Indeed, the first 77 page section of this book is a full-fledged "Berry Encyclopedia" that includes information about berries from all around the world.
I have always loved berries. Since my childhood when along with my siblings I would retreat into the woods to get lost in a day-long romp in the wilderness, we would do virtually... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Adrian Lee Oliver
Well researched and comprehensive guide to a wide range of berries beyond blueberry, strawberry and raspberry, including welcome advice on how to pick, store and use. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dee Long
Honestly, if you cannot find what you are looking for in the way of berry recipes, then I'm not sure where you would find it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Avid Mystery Reader
Too technical and detailed about the berries and the botany -- not much as to recipes, and no photos. Boring.Published 7 months ago by BJP
As others have commented, the book is full of great recipes, but beyond that the history and identification of the different species is invaluable information. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Susan Lynn
Love this printing, it has full color photos, not drawing. The newer printing has drawings. Love some of the recipes.Published 10 months 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 12 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 12 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 12 months ago by Carolyn