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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully unique recipes that are about more than plums, July 11, 2011
This review is from: Plum Gorgeous: Recipes and Memories from the Orchard (Hardcover)
Plum Gorgeous is a great book about recipes using fresh fruit and is organized by season. Each chapter has a few basic recipes, for example the lemon curd recipe in the spring chapter, and then a way to use that for an actual dish. In the case of the lemon curd, it was delicious sounding blueberry lemon compote.

The spring sections starts with citrus fruits. I loved the sound the recipes like honey lavender lemonade. I guess I should clarify that, I like the sound of something besides straight lemonade but I could forgo the lavender. There are even basic recipes with a twist like orange pistachio sables (butter cookies). There was also a Moroccan orange salad that looked awesome in the picture.

The is another section that sort of falls between both spring and summer and is all about recipes with berries. Recipes such as strawberry, nasturtium and cucumber salad had my mouth watering. A little more complex than some of the earlier recipes in this book, they didn't sound too difficult. Other unique recipes in this section include the raspberry rhubarb rose petal jam and the blueberry lemon thyme risotto. I am going to have to try the risotto since it seems I'm on a risotto kick recently.

The third section is summer fruits and contains mostly recipes dealing with plums. Things like plum soup, plum pork chops and plum and lavender jam can all be found in this section. There were also other fruit recipes including duck with cherry salsa and a few recipes for peaches, apricots and mangoes. While some of the recipes are just variations (apricot mango chutney) on others I've seen, I don't think there is anything wrong with that.

The last section is all about fall fruits. There were recipes with figs, apples and pears. I think the grilled lamb-chops with pomegranate and the persimmon chocolate chip cookies were my two favorites from this section. Oh, the final recipe for white chocolate passion fruit truffles sounded awesome but probably not something I'll try as my other half is allergic to passion fruit. They still sounds interesting though.

I liked the recipes in this book; they were interesting and had unique blurbs about the background of the recipe. I was at times annoyed with some of the photographs that filled this book. While I felt the ones of the food added to the book, some of the atmospheric ones were not at beneficial to me. I do want to try a few of the recipes but certain items may not be easy to find everywhere (like the persimmon or elderberry water). This was an enjoyable cookbook to flip through and I'm looking forward to trying some of the recipes. 4 Stars.

I received an ebook copy of this book via Netgalley from the publisher.
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