The New England Orchard Cookbook Review
|Title:||The New England Orchard Cookbook: Harvesting Dishes & Desserts from the Region's Bounty|
|Published:||October 1, 2016, Globe Pequot Press|
|No. of Pages:||256|
|Cover Price:||$24.99 Hardcover|
Love fresh fruit? The New England Orchard Cookbook: Harvesting Dishes & Desserts from the Region's Bounty has dozens of mouthwatering recipes from orchards all over New England to use up the fresh fruit that is plentiful. The recipes aren’t just for fruit desserts; rather there are soups, salads, main dishes, breads, beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), brunch dishes, and desserts.
Having an abundance of zucchini in my kitchen, the first recipe I made was the Zucchini Apple Bread. Not only did it turn out picture-perfect, but everyone who tasted it had seconds. We love puffy pancakes, so the German Apple Pancake and also the Oven Cakes with Apples and Bacon will be added to our family brunch repertoire; they were both delicious. And the Apple, Bacon and Gorgonzola Puff Pastry Pizza was unique and addicting. Since pork and apples are a match made in heaven, there are several fabulous pork recipes: Pork and Apple Mini Burgers, Brined Pork Chops with Spicy Pear Chutney, and Pork Tenderloin with Savory apples to name a few. The book contains an excellent recipe for Crockpot Apple Cider Beef Stew which is great on a cold evening, and a quick, easy Apple Chicken Stir-Fry. Several other chicken and apple dishes are in the queue, as well as an Apple Broccoli Salad. The dessert offerings are mouthwatering, and it will take a while to get them all made – a bushel of apples is going to be easy to go through.
If you’ve ever wondered how cider is made, there is an interesting article on that, and good information on storing and using apples. Although there are a few recipes for cherries, pears, peaches, and plums, most of the recipes are for apples, a positive for apple lovers, but not so good for those who have an abundance of other fruits.
The book has excellent pictures, not only of the dishes, but also of the orchards where the recipes originated, as well as a short, well-written vignette of each orchard. These attributes make the book interesting to read as well as fun to cook from.
All told, The New England Orchard Cookbook: Harvesting Dishes & Desserts from the Region's Bounty is a good cookbook to own; it’s so beautiful, it can double as a coffee-table book, and is a perfect go-to when there is too much fruit that needs to be used up.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this cookbook.
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