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One of the "Top Cookbooks of 2013"
—The Boston Globe

"Wintersweet celebrates all that desserts have to offer in our coldest season."
—USA Today

"Tammy Donroe Inman, food writer and alumna of America's Test Kitchen, offers Wintersweet, in which she concentrates on desserts for all the cold-weather months, not just the Christmas season. The book serves as a reminder that, while almost every kind of produce is now available all year—often from thousands of miles away—the creative cook can produce outstanding fruit, nut and dairy desserts, even in winter, from locally grown ingredients that are really fresh, not just unfrozen. The desserts in Wintersweet are indeed ideal for a wintry evening."
—The Wall Street Journal

"These unintimidating recipes, organized by main ingredient (e.g., apples, pears, persimmons, citrus, tubers, nuts, cheese), will inspire bakers to see winter as a time of abundance, not scarcity...This weighty and beautifully photographed cookbook captures the season’s best qualities."
Library Journal starred review

“The seasonally minded cook will delight in the ingenuity of this tome dedicated to the dark days of winter.”
—Publishers Weekly

"You won't think of wintertime baking as boring ever again."
—The Oregonian

Inman gives new meaning to shelter from the storm. This enticing cookbook grew out of her desire to spend cold winter days next to a hot stove. The result is a collection of recipes for real people using readily available ingredients in their home kitchens. Sometimes basic and familiar, like Apple Cider Doughnuts — sometimes slightly exotic, like Chocolate Pomegranite Pavlova — sometimes elegant, like Salted Dark Chocolate Tart with Pistachios, Wintersweet will provide many happy afternoons in the kitchen.
—Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight

This book is the gem of the pack...wonderful, craveable, sweet, hearty, and most of all executable recipes that make me almost pull for a dinner party in a snowstorm... The book is lavish. Lovely layout, happy finger-feel pages that invite you to settle into the world of Wintersweet, page by page, fabulous toothsome recipe by recipe. Buy this book for yourself. And on a cold, wintry, don’t-go-out-night, have a dinner party with a menu crowned by one of these recipes, and invite in all the neighbors. They’ll come cold and hungry.”
—Edible Boston

“I knew instantly upon picking up this book that I would love it. After all, this is a time of year when my oven seems to be constantly warm and butter is nearly always on my shopping list, and here comes a book offering me dozens of fabulous new ways to keep up my baking momentum. But it's also in the way this book feels in my hands, the curling serifs in the font, and the simple beauty of each and every photograph — it's one of those cookbooks: one that's as much a pleasure to page through while tucked on the couch as it is to cook from. …Inman also has a magical way of matching familiar, beloved flavors with familiar, beloved desserts in ways that nonetheless feel completely new and surprising — and also, somehow, inevitable. To wit, dishes like Maple Walnut Babka, Pear Cranberry Clafouti, and Rum Raisin Cheesecake Bars. Honestly, all the recipes in this book sound incredible. I feel like I need to just close my eyes and pick a page so that I stop changing my mind about which to make first.”
—thekitchn.com

“The cover recipe is gorgeous and a fresh take on a classic – a Chocolate Pomegranate Pavolva – and the Warm Baked Persimmons with Honeyed Mascarpone, Salted Dark Chocolate Tart with Pistachios, Gingerbread Cake with Brandied Pears and Quark Coffee Cake recipes all entice.”
Chosen as one of the Best Baking Books for 2013- Bakepedia - The Baker's Resource ®

About the Author

Tammy Donroe has spent years sourcing the best local ingredients, from apples to zucchini. Her philosophy is simple: the fresher, the better for health, for flavor, for the soul. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, she worked at Cook’s Illustrated magazine and its television spin-off America’s Test Kitchen and Boston Magazine. She writes at her humorous, delicious food blog, Food on the Food. She lives just outside of Boston with her husband and two sons.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762445378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762445370
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As I write this, the pear crostada is cooking. It smells divine. I usually don't make desserts that require I make a crust but this was so easy. I made the parsnip cupcakes a few days ago. And they tasted similar to carrot cake. Bravo. I love Tammy's blog (foodonthefood) so I wanted to try her cookbook. It surpassed my expectations. Plus the photos are beautiful!

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I bought copies for my mother and sister - they both raved. My mother made the lemon bars and my uncle (who formally prided himself on his own lemon bars) said these were the best he'd ever had.

Today is a snow day so with the kids home all day, it seemed time to bake. Wintersweet is our new "go to" cookbook. My son (age 10) picked the quark coffee cake (we sub'd sour cream) and he helped make it. My only issue is the second to last line which says "cool before serving" - what? With all that delicious smelling cinnamon? We couldn't wait and ate it hot.

I had some left over pears so I also made the pear sorbet. It was my first time - I shied away because of the wine which I thought the kids wouldn't like - but the alcohol cooks out and it tastes amazing! So thanks again Tammy.
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This is a fun book to read, which can't always be said of a cookbook, and the photographs are stunning. In this unpretentious, informative book, Ms. Inman’s desire to share the joy of baking shines through on every page. Her writing style and recipes are down to earth yet thought-provoking, easy to follow, and the results (of the half dozen I’ve made already) are delicious. I highly recommend this book to everyone but especially anyone who is embracing the farm-to-table movement.
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I have made one recipe so far and I am making another one tomorrow. I made the "CAST IRON APPLE CAKE WITH MAPLE BROWN BUTTER" and it was heavenly! I think I could eat it everyday. The recipes are easy and you usually have all the ingredients you need unless it might be a seasonal fruit to pick up but it is illustrated nicely and I really like the recipes so far. My next recipe is for the Peanut Butter Blondies. I will upgrade my review later on.
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Wintersweet is a great cookbook with delicious recipes that are easy to follow. Not only are the photos gorgeous, the finished product looks as good as the photos! Tammy Donroe Inman writes with a style that is enjoyable to read, making following the recipes a pleasure, both to read and to make. My only regret is that I didn't order a copy a year ago!
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Tammy's blog is consistently hilarious -- she swears like a sailor -- and her recipes have never let us down. We were excited to see Wintersweet hit the shelves, and it did not disappoint. We're actually using it as solace for the looming New England winter (yeah, it's only August, but as Tammy herself might say, it's been a sh*tty year).

Anyway, the recipes. The beet and ginger ice creams represent fascinating changes of pace, the Mexican chocolate cake (with ground almonds in place of flour) is perfect for my gluten-allergic sister, the chocolate chip cheesecake bars scream Christmas, and the book is worth the sales price alone for introducing quince to our palates.

The cooking tips are well presented and cleverly written. The photos pop. And the book fills a niche for a season, region, and class of ingredients that have gotten short shrift. Highly recommended!
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This book is quite different from any I have ever seen. The author did a great job in presenting sweet, comfort desserts for the winter and any other season.

Thanks to Tammy Donroe Inman - keep the books on coming.
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The book has lovely recipes, but I'm always disappointed when there are not photos to accompany them. Based on the cover photo, I expected the book to be full of photographs.
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I didn't see anything really "new" here, just the flavors changed to reflect what was trendy a few years back. Seemed to be almost all pastry and chocolate, very little with fruit. Your mileage may vary.
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