An Apple Harvest
Recipes and Orchard Lore
Publication Date: August 17, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Crisp, juicy, sweet-tart apples. The world’s most storied fruit is also among the most amazingly versatile cooking of ingredients. Writer and NPR contributor Frank Browning delves into the apple’s ancient history and his own upbringing on a Kentucky apple orchard; food writer Sharon Silva draws upon her childhood on a Sonoma family farm. Together, they pay homage to the ancient fruit of temptation in this charming illustrated companion to apple and cider cookery.
An Apple Harvest is an inviting compendium of more than 60 apple-centric recipes with origins that crisscross the globe from Alsace and Applachia, Scandinavia and Sicily, and beyond. Beginning with delightful first courses such as Duck Breast and Fuji Apples on Watercress or velvety Roasted Winter Squash Soup with Cider, the savory feast continues with main dishes like Baltic Roast Goose with Sour Apples, Atlantic Salmon Fillets in Cider-Mustard Sauce, or down-home Saturday Night Supper of Fried Apples, Sausage, and Biscuits. For serving on the side there are classics like Real Applesauce or the curiously named Burning Love (you’ll have to ask the Danes about that one!). And what collection would be complete without dessert? Bourbon Apple Pie, Apple and Currant Galettes, and Apple Sorbet with Ginger are among the many tempting offerings.
Browning and Silva pepper the collection with spirited musings about whether to peel apples for pies, how to choose apples and store them correctly, and the finer points of cooking with hard cider and cider vinegar. In a photographic field guide, they share 26 of their favorite apple varieties, describing each one’s eating and cooking characteristics, storage qualities, peak season, and growing regions.
Engaging storytelling and evocative photography make An Apple Harvest a celebration of the venerated apple, while inspired recipes showcase the breadth of edible possibilities. Stock your kitchen with cider and in-season apples and discover for yourself the many wonderful savory and sweet dishes that Braeburns, Cortlands, Macouns, Suncrisps, and their brethren can bring to the table.
Frank Browning reports from Paris on cultural issues for National Public Radio and writes for numerous magazines on science, history, and society. He is the author of five books, including Apples: Story of the Fruit of Temptation, which won the 1999 IACP Julia Child Award for best food writing. His articles and essays have appeared in the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Gourmet, and Playboy, among others.
Sharon Silva, coauthor of The San Francisco Cliff House, is an editor and writer specializing in cookbooks and culinary history. She lives in San Francisco, where her backyard harbors a Meyer lemon tree and a Mission fig, but no apple tree.
“[Browning and Silva] brought their childhood memories and love of the crop to An Apple Harvest, which is both eloquent and authoritative.”
—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