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Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  124 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Eat fruits and vegetables not because you’re told you should, but because you want them in every sense of the word. Because they are beautiful. And satisfying. And you desire their freshness, flavor, and simplicity. That’s why Ripe is arranged by color, not season.Author and food writer Cheryl Sternman Rule, who is also the voice behind the popular blog 5 Second Rule, and ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Running Press
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My son the vegetarian arrived unexpectedly earlier this week. Thankfully, this book had caught my eye at the Library & was sitting on my coffee table. My trusty team mate & I set to work at once. We have made the following:
1. Radicchio Salad with Tahini Lemon Drizzle: deliciously different!
2. Wine-Braised Artichokes with Feta and Orecchiette: verdict ranges from very good to delicious! We cheated & bought artichoke hearts in a jar to save on prep. time.
3. Fried Sage and Chestnut Bru
Shanna Mallon
Highly recommended. Love this cookbook and wrote more about it at Here's an excerpt:

Ripe is part coffee table accessory (so stunning you’ll see it for sale at Anthropologie), part encyclopedia (but organized by color, not alphabet), part story (short, tight stories that fit into one to three paragraphs at most). It’s about the glory of grown food—not the health of it or the sustainability of it, but the glory, the heart-and-soul glory of loving fruits and vegetables becaus
Grady McCallie
The flavor text is annoying, but the photographs are beautiful, and the recipes I've tried so far (about eight, more or less randomly) are excellent - really tasty. The book is arranged by color of fruits and vegetables, with one recipe per item. The instructions are clear, the combinations of ingredients clever, and the preparation times short. Just ignore the breezy and occasionally incoherent introductions.
The recipes weren't very exciting to me. A lot of the vegetables and fruits featured are not ones that exist in my garden in Wisconsin.

But, I loved her witty writing style. She definitely gets my award for the most entertaining cookbook I've read. The best parts of the book are the little intros she writes for each vegetable. I laughed out loud while reading many of them. She summed up my relationship with green peppers perfectly:

"If a green bell pepper rang my doorbell, I might look through the
Diana Bogan
I found this book browsing through the library stacks. It was the brilliant color photographs that drew me in. I'm not a fan of cooking and I'm pretty hopeless when it comes to knowing how to shop for produce, prep that produce and figure out what to do with those fruits and vegetables. So for me, this book was pretty wonderful. That said, some aspects of the book I loved more than others.

I appreciate the author's willingness to share some personal thoughts and her sense of humor when talking a
Embarrassingly, I found myself chuckling aloud as I read this cookbook. While I didn't find its recipes particularly engaging (too many out-of-season, not-available-in-the-Midwest kind of moments), Rule's prose as she introduced each ingredient is fantastic and funny. I also appreciated the tips on cutting, storing and preparing ingredients when there was a tip to be had.
I am in love with this book! I will probably buy my own copy, I love it so much (which is saying something, coming from a librarian). Fruits and vegetables, organized by color, with some quick fixes and full recipes. But it's really more about the fruit/veggies than the cooking. The photos are gorgeous, the commentary is funny, and I learned lots (you just eat the WHOLE kumquat? Really?)

If you like food, you should read this book. If you appreciate photography, you should read this book. If you
This was a gorgeous and mouth-watering photographed cookbook, which featured a different and color-coordinated approach to fruits and vegetables. I found it helpful because it not only gave tips on how to cook the fruits and veg in simple directions at the beginning of each section, as well as tips on how to prepare them, and also gave a full recipe for each. Some of my favorite recipes included Kumquat Arugula Salad with Currant-Walnut Vinaigrette, Apricot Frangipane Galette, Cardamon Baked Plu ...more
Beautiful photos and I love how the fruits and vegetables are sectioned by colors. Lots of new and tasty ideas. All of them let the chosen fruit or veggie shine, but several of them also contain cream, cheese, butter, and sugar as ingredients. Don't get me wrong, I love all of those things, and eat my fair share of those things, but though it may be a fresh approach, it’s not completely a healthy approach to cooking if that's what you are looking for. There are a small amount of recipes that wou ...more
The photographs were enough to entice me to bring this book home from the library to look at. They were also enough to get my teenage daughter to go through the book and make a list of 26 recipes that she thinks we should try. This is pretty good for a girl who is allergic to mangos and papayas and won't eat anything with nuts in it.

Her list contains a selection of recipes that use ingredients that are taking over my garden like the Tarragon Lime Green Tea or were in this week's CSA share like
This book actually made me want to eat vegetables. Huh.
Foods arranged by color. A lovely assortment of the best fruits and veggies in all colors of the rainbow; makes it easy to find the foods you need to eat more of. Beautiful photographs. Easy - and tasty - recipes.
This book is visually appealing. It's beautiful and I love that it divided food by their colors and covered many lesser known/used fruits and vegetables. It's draw back is that it offers only one recipe for each item (a good recipe, but sadly only one). While I enjoyed looking through it and reading about each fruit/veggie, it's (lack of)usefullness as far as what to do with each one will mean I won't be buying this one.
Thought I'd love this but really didn't. Glad I got it from the library and didn't buy it.

Don't get me wrong - it is beautiful - photography is fantastic and it's colo(u)rfully appropriate for the week before Pride weekend :), but, the recipes were uninspiring so - I'm not sure what one is really supposed to do with this book. Coffee table gazing on well photographed fruit and veggies then made into dishes?
I actually got this by accident from the library when trying to get Nigel Slater's book of the same name but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It's a nice gift book although I don't think I'd own it. I did, however, copy a few recipes out of it including Eggplant Romanesco which is amazing. The photos are lovely and the memoir-sih produce write-ups are nice. Worth a look.
This book is SO beautifully done. Poignant pictures. Witty writing. And all about my favorite topic - food. A friend suggested this book when she heard about my own color-themed cooking project. It's ironic that I started this project long before the book was published. If you liked RIPE, check out my blog for "color-cooking" in live action:
Aug 14, 2015 Kristin marked it as started-and-stalled
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On p. 43. Excellent combination of pictures, facts and recipes the profile one fruit or veggie.
Heather Chase
I only just received this book a few days ago and already I have tried 4 recipes...all were VERY good and delicious! I love how the book is divided into colors to correspond with the fruits and vegetables. I highly recommend and the recipes are easy to follow and make.

Heather Chase
I really love this cookbook. If you want to fall - or refall - in love with fruits and vegetables, please read this! The pictures are sumptuous and the recipes and tips are simple but deeply delicious. The author's writing is adorable and funny, too, which adds to the book's charm. So highly recommended!
Pictures are awesome! She is very witty and has great tips for slicing and dicing the various produce. The only 'meh' part is for each fruit/veggie she gives 3 ideas for cooking and 1 full recipe. I wish the ideas had more instructions or a reference in the back with the recipe.
Alison James
Delicious recipes for (especially in-season) fresh fruit and vegetable recipes. Makes them the star of the dishes. I only wish there were more recipes per fruit/veggie - only one complete recipe and a few that listed general ingredients left me wanting more.
N.L. Riviezzo
Odd setup with 4 suggestions then a recipe for each item. Most recipes are classically French or inspired by such. Would have been a better book if there had been recipes for each suggestions as some sounded tastier than the recipes provided.
4 stars for the gorgeous visual love letter to food. Minus 1 star for taking all these great fruits and veggies and showing me a bunch of unhealthy ways to eat them. Butter, sugar, cheese, cream; those would make anything taste good!
Delphine Durst
Yum, yum, yum!!! Beautiful photos, awesome recipes! If you don't know what to do with your fruits and vegetables, check out this wonderful book! Watermelon slushie is so good, perfect for our hot summer days here in the south :)
I loved this book. There are not very many recipes but photographs and the stories about the food more than make up for the lack.
This book has a beautiful photograph for every fruit, vegetable and recipe represented which are arranged in ROYGBIV order.
probably one of the most beautiful cookbooks I have ever seen, I want to make every single thing in this book.
Bonnie Rand
Pretty pictures but only one recipe per fruit/vegetable. Seeing the reviews, I think of the"Emporer's New Clothes"
Food porn. Makes me want to go to the Farmer's Market tomorrow and put it all in my mouth. Luscious.
This book is gorgeous and has tons of vegan and easily veganizable recipes.
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Cheryl Sternman Rule has been writing professionally for newspapers, magazines, and websites since 2004. She is the voice behind the award-winning food blog 5 Second Rule (, which has been online since 2008 and enjoys an enthusiastic following.

Cheryl has written two cookbooks. Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables was published by Running Press in
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