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The Apple Lover's Cookbook celebrates the beauty of apples in all their delicious variety, taking you from the orchard to the kitchen with recipes both sweet (like Apple-Stuffed Biscuit Buns and Blue Ribbon Deep-Dish Apple Pie) and savory (like Cider-Brined Turkey and Apple Squash Gratin). It offers a full-color guide to fifty-nine apple varieties, with descriptions of the The Apple Lover's Cookbook celebrates the beauty of apples in all their delicious variety, taking you from the orchard to the kitchen with recipes both sweet (like Apple-Stuffed Biscuit Buns and Blue Ribbon Deep-Dish Apple Pie) and savory (like Cider-Brined Turkey and Apple Squash Gratin). It offers a full-color guide to fifty-nine apple varieties, with descriptions of their flavor, history, and, most important, how to use them in the kitchen. Amy Traverso also takes you around the country to meet farmers, cider makers, and apple enthusiasts. The one hundred recipes run the spectrum from cozy crisps and cobblers to adventurous fare like Cider-Braised Brisket or Apple-Gingersnap Ice Cream. In addition, Amy organizes apple varieties into cooking categories so that it's easy to choose the right fruit for any recipe. You'll know to use tart Northern Spy in your pies and Fuji in delicate cakes. The Apple Lover's Cookbook is the ultimate apple companion.


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The Apple Lover's Cookbook celebrates the beauty of apples in all their delicious variety, taking you from the orchard to the kitchen with recipes both sweet (like Apple-Stuffed Biscuit Buns and Blue Ribbon Deep-Dish Apple Pie) and savory (like Cider-Brined Turkey and Apple Squash Gratin). It offers a full-color guide to fifty-nine apple varieties, with descriptions of the The Apple Lover's Cookbook celebrates the beauty of apples in all their delicious variety, taking you from the orchard to the kitchen with recipes both sweet (like Apple-Stuffed Biscuit Buns and Blue Ribbon Deep-Dish Apple Pie) and savory (like Cider-Brined Turkey and Apple Squash Gratin). It offers a full-color guide to fifty-nine apple varieties, with descriptions of their flavor, history, and, most important, how to use them in the kitchen. Amy Traverso also takes you around the country to meet farmers, cider makers, and apple enthusiasts. The one hundred recipes run the spectrum from cozy crisps and cobblers to adventurous fare like Cider-Braised Brisket or Apple-Gingersnap Ice Cream. In addition, Amy organizes apple varieties into cooking categories so that it's easy to choose the right fruit for any recipe. You'll know to use tart Northern Spy in your pies and Fuji in delicate cakes. The Apple Lover's Cookbook is the ultimate apple companion.

30 review for The Apple Lover's Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Daniel De kok

    I loved this book for several reasons. First, I have a cardinal rule to skip a cookbook if the featured cover photo isn't of the food (think Food Network chefs). Second, the historical and scientific information was terrific, and learning not only about apples native to my region of the country (SE Pennsylvania) but where to find them was valuable to me. I'm a librarian, and if I was going to stock one reference book on apples, this would be it. Third, the recipes included in The Apple Lover's C I loved this book for several reasons. First, I have a cardinal rule to skip a cookbook if the featured cover photo isn't of the food (think Food Network chefs). Second, the historical and scientific information was terrific, and learning not only about apples native to my region of the country (SE Pennsylvania) but where to find them was valuable to me. I'm a librarian, and if I was going to stock one reference book on apples, this would be it. Third, the recipes included in The Apple Lover's Cookbook are as varied as the apples! My family loved the vinaigrette salad with blue cheese and walnuts (I used feta because that's what was in the house, and it worked, too), and the German Apple Cake, among others. If you live in "apple country" in your neck of the woods, you owe it to yourself to get this cookbook.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karen Cagan

    It’s September and apples are plentiful. This is the best cookbook that deals solely with apples. The recipes are amazing! Amy suggests which apples work with each recipe. She even includes a handy chart showing the different categories that apples fall in. My favorite recipes are Swedish Apple Pie and Apple Brownies.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

    This book is so cool! It includes a wealth of fascinating material on the history and genetics of apples, along with detailed info and categorization of quite a few common and less common apple varieties. It really inspired me to hunt out some of the more unusual varieties :) The recipes are also quite good! I have made several, including the oatmeal topped apple crisp, the cider brined turkey w/gravy, the pate, and the braised cabbage/sausage/cider dish. There are many more I plan on making as This book is so cool! It includes a wealth of fascinating material on the history and genetics of apples, along with detailed info and categorization of quite a few common and less common apple varieties. It really inspired me to hunt out some of the more unusual varieties :) The recipes are also quite good! I have made several, including the oatmeal topped apple crisp, the cider brined turkey w/gravy, the pate, and the braised cabbage/sausage/cider dish. There are many more I plan on making as well!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shellie (Layers of Thought)

    If you're a cook that loves apples and/or have an apple tree (in other words - what to do with all those apples?) this is a book that you should have. It also has resources on where to find apples (for those not blessed with a tree), different kinds of apples, as well as her favorite applejack and hard cider suppliers. Fun stuff! If you're a cook that loves apples and/or have an apple tree (in other words - what to do with all those apples?) this is a book that you should have. It also has resources on where to find apples (for those not blessed with a tree), different kinds of apples, as well as her favorite applejack and hard cider suppliers. Fun stuff!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Jane

    I am going to try every apple they mention at the front of the book. It has become my one of my goals in life! This book is very informative, concise and inspiring. I love how they set up the recipe, with a blurb about the recipe, followed by the tips, notes & equipment. I love when they tell me what I need before I become too attached to the recipe.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Yaaresse

    The first half of the book contains a brief history of apple growing and info on several dozen varieties. I bought the e-book version for this information alone since I have a lousy memory for varietal names and can never remember which apples are best for which use. (Note to author: How about an app with that info to make it even easier?) The second half of the book is recipes, both savory and sweet. Usually I don't rate a cookbook until I've made several recipes from it. I have not yet done th The first half of the book contains a brief history of apple growing and info on several dozen varieties. I bought the e-book version for this information alone since I have a lousy memory for varietal names and can never remember which apples are best for which use. (Note to author: How about an app with that info to make it even easier?) The second half of the book is recipes, both savory and sweet. Usually I don't rate a cookbook until I've made several recipes from it. I have not yet done that, so my rating is for the first half of the book. I have read through the recipes, which are well-formatted and logical. There are a few well-chosen and informative photos. What might have pushed this to an additional star for me is if the index was linked back to the recipes (or if the TOC listed each recipes with links.) An index with only page numbers is pretty useless in an e-book. The "search" function is completely useless in e-books. I do have several of the recipes marked. Just need to find the occasion to make them and a source for some of the more interesting apple varieties. Local groceries here all tend to have the same three or four mass-marketed boring and bland types. (I am not mail-ordering apples, not with shipping costs what they are.) If I find the recipes disappointing, I'll come back and change my rating.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Part cookbook, part history lesson, this is an interesting, engaging overview. Did you know apples originated in Kazakhstan? I didn’t either... I liked the variety of sweet and savory recipes, and I wish the apple identification were available in a pocket guide to tuck into my purse to take along to the farmer’s market. I don’t know that I will buy a copy of this, but I can see myself checking it out again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Very timely, this book helped me discover the identity of an apple my younger sister and I recently discovered growing wild in the Upper Peninsula, Bramley's Seedling or the Bramley apple. The photographs for the recipes are tantalizing and I will be making some of them. This was a very well done compendium/cookbook on apples. Very timely, this book helped me discover the identity of an apple my younger sister and I recently discovered growing wild in the Upper Peninsula, Bramley's Seedling or the Bramley apple. The photographs for the recipes are tantalizing and I will be making some of them. This was a very well done compendium/cookbook on apples.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    Who knew apples and their origins could be so interesting. I really enjoyed reading about apples and want to try many of the included recipes. They all sound delicious. I already made the Apple Brownies and they were delicious.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Sowinski

    Cool apple based book, I like that it spend the space and time on the different varieties. Would check out again when apples are in season.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sammm

    Review WIP. Parts of the reviews are from the status updates I've typed while I was marking my reading progress. To be absolute honest, if this book reached 500+ ratings and still maintains above 4-star, I might change mine to a 4 to represent a 4.5-star; however, that might not even happen because by then I might feel like changing the statement to "if this book reached 1k+ ratings [...]" lol. Make no mistake I DO love this book very much, but I'd elaborate why I feel it doesn't necessarily deser Review WIP. Parts of the reviews are from the status updates I've typed while I was marking my reading progress. To be absolute honest, if this book reached 500+ ratings and still maintains above 4-star, I might change mine to a 4 to represent a 4.5-star; however, that might not even happen because by then I might feel like changing the statement to "if this book reached 1k+ ratings [...]" lol. Make no mistake I DO love this book very much, but I'd elaborate why I feel it doesn't necessarily deserve a full 5-star shortly. This is NOT just a cookbook like many have pointed out in their reviews; this is, I would say, a successful attempt of the ultimate guide of apples, their history and treatments, and an epic compile of information and resources. If you are still unsure about giving this book a go, the book's official website (https://appleloverscookbook.com) has generously listed out the table of contents of the book (here) and the list of apple recipes included (here). Ch. 1 "Introduction" I'm loving this book from the start! I presume people would usually skip the so-called "introduction", but since it was indeed labeled as "chapter one", I read it, and it was totally worthwhile. It's very educational and you get to learn the history of apples and... well, stuff you may never stop to wonder, like "you actually can't just bury the seed of the apple and expect to successfully grow an apple tree" lol. Want to know how to achieve it then? Read the book! Bahaha. =P Ch. 2 "Apple Varieties: A Primer " A breakdown of different kinds of apples! Oh I LOVE the entire chapter and how it's done! This is something I'll def. revisit simply because there's no way to soak in the knowledge in a short time! So many different kinds of apple! lol This chapter seriously opened my eyes; I would not have known theirs so many varieties, I would probably not have recognized some of them as apples either! Appearances-wise, Arkansas Black and Black Oxford have such deep color that I honestly thought I'd only see it on plums (and by plums I meant the kinds in this image), while Ashmead's Kernel, Blue Pearmain, Hudson's Golden Gem, Pomme Gris, Roxbury Russet, and Zabergau Reinette, to me, have the most unexpected hues... And let's not forget the golden ones: Golden Delicious, Golden Russet, GoldRush, and Grimes Golden... I almost thought I was viewing potatoes! (Speaking of which, can someone write a book about potatoes formatting it just like this book, pretty pretty PLEASE? lmao :3) Meat-wise, Hidden Rose and Pink Pearl gave the utmost pleasant shock! They've lived up to their names, I've simply never imagined apples with any other flesh color!! Ch. 3 "Cooking Tips and Pantry Notes" Besides the initial glimpse of prepping an apple (with what I assumed to be an Apple Corer in the first picture), there's no other images of the rest of the tools, which I think in this case it is somewhat understandable as it may be seen as product placements; nonetheless, the descriptions of what they do and the personal recommendations along with the sites provided made up for it. The Apple Corer and Apple Slicer really stood out to me as handy tools. --- Starting from chapter 4 it sort of went downhill to me, as ch.4-10 are the recipes; I skimmed through the recipes part as I have no need of them at the moment, but I found the supposedly first flaw of this book... it's not that the recipes are bad or anything, it is the lack of images that bothers me; sometimes, even without photos of the preparation steps would bug me, let alone not having to know what the end product looks like! I'll be listing out the numbers of recipes and numbers of photos for you to get a clearer picture of what I'm talking about. Ch. 4 "Soups and Starters" 6 recipes + a single photo. Ch. 5 "Vegetable Entrees, Sides, and Salads" 15 recipes + 4 photos in total. Ch. 6 "Poultry, Meat, and Fish Entrees" 13 recipes + 4 photos in total. (The official website counted it as 11 recipes, as 2 of them are dressing or part of another recipe) In reality sort of going backwards though =/ because it's 2 photos for 2 dish, so there's actually 11 unknown looking dish from this chapter. Ch. 7 "Pancakes, Donuts, Biscuits, and Breads" 14 recipes + 6 photos in total; 2 of them are showing the same dish. Ch. 8 "Pies, Crisps, Cobblers, Buckles, and Betties" 17 recipes + 6 photos in total; 2 of them are showing the same dish. Ch. 9 "Dumplings, Bakes, Cakes, and Puddings" 21 recipes + 5 photos in total; 2 of them are showing the same dish. Ch. 10 "Condiments and Cocktails" 9 recipes + a single photo. WIP

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Roth

    Overall, I like this book--and I don't actually consider it to be primarily as a cookbook as the name suggests. The Apple Lover's Cookbook is part history, part entertaining read, and part cookbook. The author covers an introduction to the history of the apple and the incredible genetic diversity. The next time you eat or cut open an offer, consider that each seed is a completely unique item. Each seed would produce completely different apples if grown to that stage--and the resulting fruit may Overall, I like this book--and I don't actually consider it to be primarily as a cookbook as the name suggests. The Apple Lover's Cookbook is part history, part entertaining read, and part cookbook. The author covers an introduction to the history of the apple and the incredible genetic diversity. The next time you eat or cut open an offer, consider that each seed is a completely unique item. Each seed would produce completely different apples if grown to that stage--and the resulting fruit may have little or no resemblance to the parent tree. This is an example of the wide-ranging genetics of the apple. Another aspect of the book that is useful relates to cyclopedic style presentation of types of apples. It starts with a table that contains most varieties of apples and how best to use them. With expanding access to more than the usual types of apples the list is helpful. A number of the recipes also stood out. While apple recipes are common, it's always interesting to find new ones such as a savory tart with a different, satisfying take on crust flavors. My favorite recipe, however, was the Swedish Apple Pie. You don't even need a crust to make this great dessert. If, however, you're looking for an exhaustive cookbook on apple dishes, this book doesn't qualify. It's actually a well-rounded presentation. The content shines, the recipes are satisfying, and at the very least this book is worth a trip to library. For those who have access to lots of apples or simply enjoying increasing their understanding of favorite foods, read on! For fans of the television shows "Foodology" or "Food Science" you will find this book a satisfying book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Gillespie

    The book is, of course, a cookbook, and does have a lot of really great recipes, both for things you’d expect like pies and crisps and buckles and whatnot, but also for things you wouldn’t expect, like Bacon-Wrapped Goat-Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Curried Apple Hash (I’m SO trying that, and SOON). But it’s not just a cookbook. In fact, the real value to the book, in my opinion, is in the extensive reference section at the beginning of the volume. The first section of the book includes pictures and The book is, of course, a cookbook, and does have a lot of really great recipes, both for things you’d expect like pies and crisps and buckles and whatnot, but also for things you wouldn’t expect, like Bacon-Wrapped Goat-Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Curried Apple Hash (I’m SO trying that, and SOON). But it’s not just a cookbook. In fact, the real value to the book, in my opinion, is in the extensive reference section at the beginning of the volume. The first section of the book includes pictures and descriptions of an exhaustive list of different varieties of apples. I learned so much about apples from reading it. Moreover, and this is really great, I marked the varieties of apples I have seen in grocery stores and markets where we live, so now I know exactly what each one of them is best used for. Just today I found a deal on two different types of locally grown apples, and because I had read the book I knew which of the two varieties I would like better and what sort of recipes would be best to use them in. {Read my full review here}

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    This is a grand book for apple lovers - not attempting to copy the title , I truly mean it. With apple season upon us & with a new kitchen, I am ready. One unique aspect to this cookbook is the author uses different types of apples - ex. tender-tart & firm-sweet. She then list the name of the apples that can be used for a particular recipe. For example, Grandma's Apple Crisp recipe calls for 5 large tender-tart & 5 large firm-sweet. The author then lists 3 kind of tender-tarts: McIntosh, Cortlan This is a grand book for apple lovers - not attempting to copy the title , I truly mean it. With apple season upon us & with a new kitchen, I am ready. One unique aspect to this cookbook is the author uses different types of apples - ex. tender-tart & firm-sweet. She then list the name of the apples that can be used for a particular recipe. For example, Grandma's Apple Crisp recipe calls for 5 large tender-tart & 5 large firm-sweet. The author then lists 3 kind of tender-tarts: McIntosh, Cortland, Empire, and then she lists 3 kinds of firm-sweet: Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Jazz. The author also categorizes firm-tart & tender-sweet. She gives a rather full description of the apples she mentions. Again, for example: best use, origin, availability, season, appearance, taste, and texture. It has all an apple lover would want to know. So far the recipes appear to be straight forward not complicated as some recipes are known to be. A delightful cookbook as well as an educating one. Well recomended !

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Fantastic cookbook which I checked out from the library and like enough that I'm buying a copy for my own kitchen library! There is a ton of great information about a bazillion different apples, and each recipe gives the apples the author likes to use, and substitutions in case you can't find them. The recipes are delicious and not overly complicated. Today I'm making the Stuffed Apple Cinnamon Buns and I can't wait! Fantastic cookbook which I checked out from the library and like enough that I'm buying a copy for my own kitchen library! There is a ton of great information about a bazillion different apples, and each recipe gives the apples the author likes to use, and substitutions in case you can't find them. The recipes are delicious and not overly complicated. Today I'm making the Stuffed Apple Cinnamon Buns and I can't wait!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Well, a few of these recipes were kind of rinky-dink, probably won't make them. But many of the others were simple and look delicious. I especially liked the full-color apple guide with some new varieties to look for--she even included some specific to my region. I wish there would have been more photos, but a very nice cookbook with some good ideas. Well, a few of these recipes were kind of rinky-dink, probably won't make them. But many of the others were simple and look delicious. I especially liked the full-color apple guide with some new varieties to look for--she even included some specific to my region. I wish there would have been more photos, but a very nice cookbook with some good ideas.

  17. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn Noonan

    Hands down the best apple cookbook. My go-to book for all things apple. Having grown up in apple country, this woman knows what she is talking about. Not only do her recipes work, she has a way of categorizing groups of apples( with a reference page) so you have many choices of type of apple to choose from in your cooking depending on the recipe .

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Excellent reference book for apples: which ones will keep, which are better for cooking (and what kind of cooking), what characteristics (firm-soft, tart-sweet, etc) does each have, as well as some history. Oh, and there are recipes--last fall, I made my best applesauce so far, on the book's suggestion to use a variety for best flavor. (In the past, I've stayed with a single type.) Excellent reference book for apples: which ones will keep, which are better for cooking (and what kind of cooking), what characteristics (firm-soft, tart-sweet, etc) does each have, as well as some history. Oh, and there are recipes--last fall, I made my best applesauce so far, on the book's suggestion to use a variety for best flavor. (In the past, I've stayed with a single type.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    The type of cookbook you want to own but will never use. Wish the recipes had been more accessible. Love the picture dictionary of the apples at the beginning. Wish I could cut out all of the pictures and post them on my wall.

  20. 5 out of 5

    S Vanorse

    Borrowed this from the library, and I will be on the look out for a copy for myself. Great history on apples and what is being done to restore and identify heirloom apples. Filled with great sounding recipes a few I will try before returning it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kait

    A lovely cookbook. It has an in depth guide in the beginning to different apple varieties and what are the best uses for each apple. The Apple Dutch Baby and Coffee Cake have been very popular in my house.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Png

    If you can't find the apple you're looking for in this book, it simply does not exist. Everything you need to know about apples and recipes to try from. Personally, haven't tried the recipes yet but did enjoy reading the book. If you can't find the apple you're looking for in this book, it simply does not exist. Everything you need to know about apples and recipes to try from. Personally, haven't tried the recipes yet but did enjoy reading the book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    ReadingWench

    I really like this book. Most of the recipes are simple and easy to fix. The apple, sweet potato and ginger soup was REALLY good. This would be a fantastic gift for the person in your life who loves to cook and who loves apples.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mollie *scoutrmom*

    Nothing I would make. Great stories between the recipes. Photocopied information on selecting apple varieties.

  25. 5 out of 5

    melissa

    This book is fabulous. It gives descriptions of all kinds of apples, has wonderful recipes, & super photos of the food.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Love this book. It includes great information for baking or cooking with apples every day. Many of the recipes are also simple enough to be incorporated into a regular food routine.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Who knew there were 59 kinds of apples?!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janet Clark

    Fantastic information about apple varieties and how best to use them. Simple,healthy, delicious recipes that run the full gamut--from sweet to savory. Great read for apple lovers.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dori

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather L Cahillane

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