Synopses & Reviews
Who says the winter months have to be bleak and barren? Author Tammy Donroe sees this season as an opportunity to stay inside, fire up the oven, and produce decadent desserts from the bounty of wholesome winter ingredients. Wintersweet encourages readers to make use of fresh, local ingredients for warming seasonal desserts. While summer farmers markets are always overflowing with ripe produce, theres plenty to be had from November to March: squashes and pumpkins, parsnips and carrots, apples, pears, citrus of all types, and feel-good ingredients like nuts, cheese, and chocolate.
The fresh and rustic recipes in Wintersweet push the envelope of traditional winter desserts like pumpkin or apple pies with such delicacies as Pear Cranberry Clafouti, Spicy Prune Cake with Penuche Frosting, Tangelo Sorbet, and Goat Cheese Cake with Dried Cherry Compote. Each chapter is devoted to different ingredients, ranging from Persimmons, Pomegranates, and Cranberries to Citrus, Cheese, and Dried Fruits, allowing readers to experiment with new and exciting ingredients for complex and delicious flavors. They taste even better when they can be found near your own backyard; Donroe provides resources for finding the best local farmers markets and agricultural centers near you. Perfect for holiday gatherings or to warm the belly on a cold night, Wintersweet is the perfect dessert companion to make the years coldest season a bit more festive.
One of the "Top Cookbooks of 2013"
The Boston Globe
"Wintersweet celebrates all that desserts have to offer in our coldest season."
"Tammy Donroe Inman, food writer and alumna of America's Test Kitchen, offers Wintersweet, in which she concentrates on desserts for all the cold-weather months, not just the Christmas season. The book serves as a reminder that, while almost every kind of produce is now available all yearoften from thousands of miles awaythe creative cook can produce outstanding fruit, nut and dairy desserts, even in winter, from locally grown ingredients that are really fresh, not just unfrozen. The desserts in Wintersweet are indeed ideal for a wintry evening."
The Wall Street Journal
"These unintimidating recipes, organized by main ingredient (e.g., apples, pears, persimmons, citrus, tubers, nuts, cheese), will inspire bakers to see winter as a time of abundance, not scarcity...This weighty and beautifully photographed cookbook captures the seasons best qualities."
Library Journal starred review
The seasonally minded cook will delight in the ingenuity of this tome dedicated to the dark days of winter.”
"You won't think of wintertime baking as boring ever again."
Inman gives new meaning to shelter from the storm. This enticing cookbook grew out of her desire to spend cold winter days next to a hot stove. The result is a collection of recipes for real people using readily available ingredients in their home kitchens. Sometimes basic and familiar, like Apple Cider Doughnuts sometimes slightly exotic, like Chocolate Pomegranite Pavlova sometimes elegant, like Salted Dark Chocolate Tart with Pistachios, Wintersweet will provide many happy afternoons in the kitchen.
Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
This book is the gem of the pack...wonderful, craveable, sweet, hearty, and most of all executable recipes that make me almost pull for a dinner party in a snowstorm... The book is lavish. Lovely layout, happy finger-feel pages that invite you to settle into the world of Wintersweet, page by page, fabulous toothsome recipe by recipe. Buy this book for yourself. And on a cold, wintry, dont-go-out-night, have a dinner party with a menu crowned by one of these recipes, and invite in all the neighbors. Theyll come cold and hungry.”
I knew instantly upon picking up this book that I would love it. After all, this is a time of year when my oven seems to be constantly warm and butter is nearly always on my shopping list, and here comes a book offering me dozens of fabulous new ways to keep up my baking momentum. But it's also in the way this book feels in my hands, the curling serifs in the font, and the simple beauty of each and every photograph it's one of those cookbooks: one that's as much a pleasure to page through while tucked on the couch as it is to cook from.
Inman also has a magical way of matching familiar, beloved flavors with familiar, beloved desserts in ways that nonetheless feel completely new and surprising and also, somehow, inevitable. To wit, dishes like Maple Walnut Babka, Pear Cranberry Clafouti, and Rum Raisin Cheesecake Bars. Honestly, all the recipes in this book sound incredible. I feel like I need to just close my eyes and pick a page so that I stop changing my mind about which to make first.”
The cover recipe is gorgeous and a fresh take on a classic a Chocolate Pomegranate Pavolva and the Warm Baked Persimmons with Honeyed Mascarpone, Salted Dark Chocolate Tart with Pistachios, Gingerbread Cake with Brandied Pears and Quark Coffee Cake recipes all entice.”
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Winter-appropriate treats chock full of seasonal fruits, vegetables, and nuts, with cheeses, chocolates, and more for the best end-of-year desserts.
About the Author
has spent years sourcing the best local ingredients, from apples to zucchini. Her philosophy is simple: the fresher, the better for health, for flavor, for the soul. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, she worked at Cooks Illustrated
magazine and its television spin-off Americas Test Kitchen
and Boston Magazine.
She writes at her humorous, delicious food blog, Food on the Food. She lives just outside of Boston with her husband and two sons.