Synopses & Reviews
Peaches. Plums. Nectarines. Apricots. They're summer's sweethearts. Eating them fresh off the tree, still warm from the sun, is one of the high points of the year.
Now, award-winning cookbook author Olwen Woodier offers stone fruit lovers 150 enticing ways to savor these sweet and tangy flavors of summer.
You'll find wonderful recipes for baking these fruits in crisps, cobblers, pies, and tarts. And peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots pair up beautifully with ice cream and sherbet, or can be whipped up into frosty shakes and smoothies. But there are many other ways to bring the taste of summer to your table.
For example, the flavors burst when the fruits are grilled, sautéed, or roasted. Plums are perfect with pork tenderloin. Nectarines are a natural with roasted chicken. Apricots are a perfect complement to turkey breast. There are also recipes for grilled salmon with nectarine and avocado and halibut with peaches.
When you have a taste for something with an extra zing, Woodier suggests the tarter varieties of plums--damsons, greengages, beach plums, and some varieties of Italian plums. Because the flavor of these plums is more assertive, they can withstand stronger seasonings such as cloves and cardamom, cinnamon and ginger. Or for a real culinary treat, poach these plums in a fruity red wine.
Summer fruits work beautifully in sauces and salsas. A nectarine chili sauce or a plum garlic sauce makes a terrific dip or a tasty sauce to brush on grilled meat. And when you're looking for something more exciting to dip tortilla chips into, try peach-plum salsa.
Enhancing this luscious cookbook are fascinating sidebars. Woodier tells stories from the history and folklore of stone fruits: for example, did you know that apricots were first cultivated 3000 years ago near the Great Wall of China? You'll find information about rare varieties such as donut peaches, the smallest and sweetest peaches of all, as well as new specialty hybrid fruits such as apriums, an apricot-plum hybrid with the downy yellow skin and yellow-orange flesh of an apricot and the tangy flavor of a plum.
Packed with food-lore, nutritional information, and 150 imaginative, innovative, and succulent recipes, Peaches and Other Juicy Fruits is a cookbook you won't let out of your hands all year long.
Savor the tastes of stone fruits with dozens of recipes that capture the exceptional flavors of peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines. Olwen Woodier features these luscious fruits in everything from traditional muffins, pies, and tarts to savory stuffings and tangy salsas. Poach your favorite plums in a fruity red wine, whip up some nectarine chili sauce, and discover the joys of halibut with peaches. With practical advice on everything from picking to peeling, you'll be inspired to celebrate summer's harvest in new and delicious ways.
150 delectable, easy-to-prepare sweet and savoury recipes.
How do you like your juicy fruits? Baked in cobbler and crisps? As a refreshing sorbet or topping for your ice cream? Whipped into frothy, frosty shakes? Chopped in a tangy salsa, chutney, or relish?
You'll find dozens of recipes that capture the exceptional flavors of peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines in traditional pies, muffins, and tarts as well as simple savory dishes that highlight these luscious fruits. Celebrate the harvest and experience the tastes of summer all year long with more than 150 recipes for everything from peach pies to Rosemary-Marinated Roast Chicken with Fruit Stuffing.
Peaches and Other Juicy Fruits includes an exhaustive fruit-variety guide as well as nutritional information and practical advice on everything from picking to peeling.
About the Author
Olwen Woodier is the author of six cookbooks, including Peaches and Other Juicy Fruits. A food writer for 35 years, her articles have appeared in the New York Times Living section, Gourmet, Woman’s Day, and Family Circle. Woodier offers cooking classes at her farm in Leesburg, Virginia.
Table of Contents
About the Fruits (1)
Breakfasts and Breads (19)
Salads, Sandwiches, and Soups (55)
Sides, Sauces, and Salsas (71)
Shakes, Smoothies, and Beverages (119)