- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Broadway; 1 edition (June 15, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767902033
- ISBN-13: 978-0767902038
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,839,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Is for Apple: More Than 200 Recipes for Eating, Munching and Cooking with America's Favorite Fruit Paperback – June 15, 1999
It's hard to believe that bananas are the most popular fruit in the United States, followed by apples, but there you have it. Such small but telling details can be found in Greg Patent and Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's A Is for Apple. That, and every apple recipe you might ever want to try.
If there were only Red and Golden Delicious apples to choose from, there wouldn't be much point. In relating the stories of these two apples, the authors tell a condemning story of modern American fruit production, where marketing has won out over the market. Both the Red and the Golden truly were delicious at one time in their odd histories, but years of selecting for color and shape over flavor has robbed these two apples of their legacy. Fortunately, small-scale farming has found a niche and farmers' markets have grown in every community, so apples in season with names you have never heard of and flavors you have never encountered are available. They may cost a little extra, but they are real.
Though there is enormous pleasure to be had in just eating a ripe apple in season, there's a lot of cooking to be done out there, too. The authors have divided the recipe chapters of A Is for Apple into "Pies and Tarts"; "Desserts"; "Cakes and Cookies"; "Breads"; "Soups and Salads"; "Seafood and Game"; "Poultry"; "Beef, Pork, and Lamb"; and "Side Dishes." There are chapters on basics, growing, and oddball information, too.
There is an apple pie recipe in this book, and then its deep-dish cousin, and then the same with rhubarb, and so on. But there's a recipe for apple-venison sausage, too. And apple rice pudding, and spicy apple dumplings, and oatmeal-apple-nut bars, and cider gingerbread with cider cream, and Latvian pumpernickel and fruit soup; then there's trout with cider, chanterelles, and cream; and duck breasts with cider, orange, and Calvados sauce. You get the idea: the whole big apple kit and caboodle. --Schuyler Ingle
From the Inside Flap
A tart-sweet, sun-crisped apple plucked from a hundred-year-old tree and eaten out of hand. A mug of hot curried apple soup enjoyed as an autumn lunch. Cider-braised duck legs with onions and cabbage. Warm deep-dish apple pie topped with a melting scoop of apple-cinnamon ice cream.
Everyone has tasted Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples, but how about Esopus Spitzenbergs or Sweet Sixteens? With more apple varieties available than ever before, how do you choose the right apple for eating, cooking, and baking? In A Is for Apple you'll discover the many pleasures of America's favorite fruit. Filled with helpful hints on how to grow, select, and cook a wide variety of apples, this bountiful collection presents more than 200 recipes for everything from soups, salads, and salsas to crisps, cobblers, and cheesecakes.