Whether you cook and/or bake regularly or not, I cannot encourage you enough to check out The Apple Cookbook by Olwen Woodier (3rd edition) not only for the array of savory and sweet recipes (there are more than one hundred in the book) but also for the background information about the fruit.
Woodier presents the history of apples (did you know they've been around for 750,000 years?) in the introduction to the work, citing familiar and newer varieties and offering basic guidelines for preparing and cooking apples from how to poach or bake them to how to slice, chop, and store them.
Then come chapters of scrumptious recipes, from breakfast and brunch options to main dish meals. Need an early-morning pick-me-up? Try cheddar crepes filled with warm cooked apples Looking for a quick lunch side dish? What about the updated Waldorf salad, unexpectedly seasoned with fresh mint? Sure, you've heard of apple strudel before, but have you ever tried to make one? Here's your chance!
The final chapter of the book is actually an index of apple varieties, including pictures, background information, descriptions, and the best uses for each (e.g., eat Gala apples out of hand and bake with Rome Beauties).
Beautiful pictures grace the pages of this cookbook, some of them visualizations of the recipes when completed, and others just peaceful scenes in apple orchards, so lifelike and expertly photographed that you can almost smell the warm sun-baked smell of the fruit.
If you're looking to add a versatile cookbook to your shelves, look no further than this exquisite offering.
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Author: Olwen Woodier
Title: The Apple Cookbook
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.