Synopses & Reviews
Fruitful is a trip to the local orchard, overflowing with ripe, seasonal produceand its not just desserts! From sweet to savory, including fresh juices, every chapter is devoted to the produce of the moment: rhubarb, strawberries, apples, plums, apricots, peaches, quinces, pears, and more. This delectable cookbook showcases the bounty from New Yorks favorite orchard, illustrated with gorgeous full-color photography throughoutbut all of the fruit can be found wherever you live.
Pies and cobblers are only the beginning of four seasons of recipes celebrating fruit: Strawberry-Black Pepper Granita, Spicy Roast Chicken with Rhubarb Chutney, Scallop and Blueberry Ceviche, Grilled Peach, Shrimp, and Prosciutto Skewers, and Rustic Apricot and Raspberry Crostada offer a taste of the juicy dishes inside. And twenty-five recipes will come from fruit-loving chefs who count themselves among Red Jackets devoted customers: a few of the contributors include Dan Barber, Jonathan Waxman, Karen DeMasco, and Melissa Clark.
Whether its a bushel of peaches or a bundle of rhubarb, youll find plenty to dish up here.
Red Jackets fruit, popular with New York City chefs, comes to your table with inventive dishes incorporating the ripest ingredients.”
"Theres a new way to follow the biblical exhortation to be fruitful and multiply” without adding to the population explosion. Go through Brian Nicholson and Sarah Hucks beautifully illustrated Fruitful: Four Seasons of Fresh Fruit Recipes, select from the 140 recipes and, as you add them to your repertoire, the number of delectable, peak-picked fruit dishes will multiply as will the compliments you get. Nicholson grew up on his familys fruit farm in upstate New York tending and cultivating flavor, and he has imbued this cookbook with that same loving care. In seasonal sections, each fruit gets its full due, with practical growing tips, advice for preserving and sensational seasonal recipes."
This is a great addition to any kitchen bookshelf.”
All hands and dirt and heart and soula description of Red Jacket founder, Joe Nicholson, in Brian Nicholson's introduction, but it could just as easily be the motto of Red Jacket Orchards itself. Never has the job of growing both community as well as product appeared more meaningful than in the pages of this wonderful book, whose recipes take you through the seasons with grace and aplomb, leaving you wiserand more joyfulfor the journey."
Dan Barber, chef and co-owner, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns
"Fruitful is the book we need now! This heartfelt work about growing, tending and finally putting this glorious fruit on the table inspires me to my roots. You just know that this is fruit as it's supposed to be: rich with flavor, promise, and goodness, the result of generations fine-tuning their most important art."
Deborah Madison, author Vegetable Literacy
About the Author
A third-generation farmer, Brian Nicholson returned to the family business at Red Jacket Orchards full-time in 2000, after graduating from Cornell University and working in New York City. Brian is a board member of the Premier Apple Cooperative and formerly served as President of the New York Apple Association. He and Red Jacket participate in farmers markets and CSAs across New York state, with products found throughout the US. Brian lives in Canandaigua, New York, with his wife and three children.
Sarah Huck spent five happy summers hawking fruit for Red Jacket Orchards and other farmers at the New York City Greenmarket. She is the author of Campfire Cookery: Adventuresome Recipes and Other Curiosities for the Great Outdoors. Sarah's work has appeared on Cookstr.com, Epicurious.com, Saveur.com, and Consumer Report publications. She holds a Master's degree in Food Studies from NYU and a Culinary degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute. Sarah lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she and her husband own Kös Kaffe, a micro coffee roaster and cafe.