An Apple Harvest opens with combined reminiscences that give the reader a sense of how large, how grand the world of apples can be, given access to good and varied fruit. The introduction includes a brief history that traces the apple back to ancient origins in what is Kazakhstan today, a section on choosing apples, how to keep apples, a peel/don't peel debate, and a little something on cooking with cider, cider vinegar, and Calvados or applejack. The "Culinary Pomarium" that follows is an illustrated guide to modern apple possibilities. And then there are the recipes.
International in scope, you will find first courses, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. You will find a Waldorf Salad, this one including pomegranate seeds and red grapes. There's a Roasted Winter Squash Soup with Cider, and Steamed Clams Asturian Style, which calls for cider as well. How about Fujis and Kale? Or Fox Mountain Parsnips (with dried apples and hard cider)? The desserts section begins with Apple Dumplings. There's a Tarte Tatin recipe, followed by Kentucky Bourbon Apple Pie. Four more pies follow, one of them savory, with Swiss chard. As far as single-subject cookbooks go, An Apple Harvest sets the standard. --Schuyler Ingle
—Florence Fabricant for the New York Times
“Just in time for fall comes this colorful [book] with childhood apple memories, portraits of apples, and—best of all—innovative recipes, many of them with appetizing color photos.”
“The writing is crisp, tart, and juicy, and the recipes are as snake-tempting as they are unexpected. Furthermore, the writing is pure joy, and the authors are distinct in their voices, yet equally and eloquently in love with the subject.”
—Jeff Weinstein, former food columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of Learning to Eat
From the Trade Paperback edition.