5 Beautiful, Informative Fruit Cookbooks

5 Beautiful, Informative Fruit Cookbooks

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Dana Velden
Oct 19, 2011

When it comes to cookbooks, it seems like vegetables get all the love. Unless you count tomatoes and avocados as fruit (which technically you should), you'd be hard pressed to find more than a handful of good, fruit-focused cookbooks. In my collection, there are only five fruit cookery guides that I refer to over and over again. That may be a small number, but each one packs an amazing array of information, recipes, tips and techniques.

Fruit can be a somewhat mysterious thing to work with. Some varieties it ripen on the tree (or bush or vine) and some only after picking. Some of it should be refrigerated, some not. Often delicate, fruit is best consumed in its season when its flavors are at their freshest and its texture is at its best. So having a good guide to fruit, and a collection of recipes that reflects interesting and innovative ways to cook with it, is important addition to your cookbook library.

I appreciate these first two volumes not only for their information on selecting and storing fruit, but for their recipes using fruit in savory dishes as well.

Chez Panisse Fruit by Alice Waters ($16.21, from Amazon)
See our review, here.
Tender Vol II: A Cook's Guide to the Fruit Garden by Nigel Slater (approximately $30.38, from Amazon) This is the British Edition.
See our review, here.

Jams and marmalades are a classic way to preserve fruit. Rachel Saunders' guide is one of the best I've encountered: meticulous, innovative and inspiring.

Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders ($23.20, from Amazon)
See our review, here.

Of course, dessert is the classic way to eat fruit and these two books are an excellent guide to both familiar and new takes on a sweet, fruity way to end your meal.

Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber ($14.96, from Amazon)
Seasonal Fruit Desserts by Deborah Madison ($21.45, from Amazon)
See our review, here.

What is Your favorite fruit cookbook?

Related: How to Select the Best Produce: Fruit

(Image: Deborah Madison/a>)

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