From Publishers Weekly
editor Longbotham never met a berry she didn't like. Strawberries are "summer's brightest jewel"; raspberries have "flesh like soft velvet"; blueberries are "a dazzling bright blue." Her introduction, which will feel familiar to readers of her Luscious Lemon Desserts
, shares botanical facts and practical advice. While some of it is specific (how to keep blueberry batter from turning blue or green), much of it is general and aimed at novices (for instance, standard instructions on measuring flour by spooning it into the cup). Skip the prefaces to the recipes—nearly everything is "great," "fabulous" or Longbotham's "favorite"—and there remains the classic gamut of pies, cakes, puddings and topped desserts. (Unlike many writers, Longbotham distinguishes knowledgeably among cobblers, crisps, betties, buckles and grunts.) While most recipes involve baking from scratch (although they are not daunting), the instructions for Square Strawberry Puff Pastry Tart suggests readers use all-butter packaged puff pastry such as Dufour's—sound advice but outside sophisticated markets you may have to order online. Carrier's lovely photographs and a preponderance of pink and purple pages add to the summer weekend gift-book feel. (July)
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About the Author
Lori Longbotham is a former food editor for Gourmet . She currently contributes articles to a variety of magazines, including Health , Organic Style , Good Housekeeping , and Fine Cooking . She makes her home in the New York City area.
A California native, James Carrier specializes in food, lifestyle, and interior photography. His many clients include Country Home , Elle D cor , Better Homes & Gardens , and Pottery Barn .