Sweeter Off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season by Yossy Arefi
Organized by season, this book offers recipes for using fruit – and the herbs and vegetables that go well with them – to make delicious sweet dishes. Within each season, multiple recipes are provided for each of the author’s favorite ingredients. Spring features herbs, rhubarb, strawberries, and cherries; summer highlights apricots, berries, melons, stone fruits, raspberries, and figs; fall includes grapes, persimmons, pomegranates, apples, pears, quince, squash, and pumpkins; and winter wraps up the year with cranberries, citrus, and dates. The book concludes with a list of essential recipes and components that are perpetually useful, such as pie crust, crème fraîche, and puff pastry. As we have planted two apple trees already and will be planting peach, pear, and plum trees in the near future, I am super excited by these recipes. Many of them appear to be fairly complicated (baking usually is, at least from my newb perspective) but the instructions read clearly and seem quite straightforward. I’m so excited to have our own fruit growing right in our own yard. I have visions of bushels of fruit dancing in my head, and now some lovely images of pear pie with crème fraîche caramel to go with them!
Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books