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Seasonal Fruit Desserts From Orchard. Ten Speed Press, 2010.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Ten Speed Press (first published 2010)
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Oct 24, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it
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Th famous chef Madison (widely known for her vegetarian dishes and her stint at Greens restaurant) has a lovely book on seasonal fruit. My favorite thing about this cookbook is its utmost respect for quality ingredients. She begins with basics, in how to find and select the best quality fruit, especially local varieties unique to your region. This is the basis of quality fruit desserts, and when you get that element down, even a bowl or platter of perfectly ripe fruit can holds its own as a dess ...more
Jennifer Schooley
Sep 01, 2012 Jennifer Schooley rated it liked it
I want to like this cookbook, and I do like the premise of making recipes with seasonal fruits. Having said that, the organization of the book is ridiculous. Recipes are not divided into seasons or types of fruit, which really defeats the entire purpose of the book. On the plus side, the photos are gorgeous. Recipes are a mixed bag.
Jul 16, 2010 Judy rated it really liked it
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Deborah Madison is the founder of "Greens," a revered vegetarian restaurant in California. Now she has a fruit cookbook!

I have only tried one recipe so far - the blueberry and peach cobbler, which was good, but not amazing. I really like the variety of chapter topics, including: Fresh Fruit, Fresh Fruit in Syrup, Roasted and Sauteed Fruits, Classic You Can Count On, Dried Fruits, Nuts, and Preserves, Puddings and Gelees, Cheese and Dairy Desserts, and more. I also really like her flexibility - s
Liz De Coster
Jun 18, 2010 Liz De Coster rated it really liked it
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Another excellent book from Deborah Madison. What I love about Madison's books is the flexibility mixed into almost every recipe - if you don't have X, substitute Y or Z. Given her focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients, this is helpful to those of us who don't live in California and deal with limited availability for some fruits and veg. I also liked the range of recipes, from simple fruit salads and puddings to relatively complex tarts, even ice creams (for those lucky enough to have access to a ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Corinne rated it liked it
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She obviously is an expert with a wealth of skill and knowledge.

The book is too advanced for me but I will try a few things and maybe come back to the book when I have more experience.

She has a nice intro that includes hints i.e. what to do to keep pie crust from getting soaked from berry juice. A section on different ingredients. I learned alot about sugars from this section.

Random recipe example:
White Peaches in Lemon Verbena and Lavender Syrup
A Yeasted Pear Upside Down Cake (will try this on
Apr 18, 2013 Cherie rated it liked it
A- Really nice book. I was looking for some good fruit cookbooks for my CSA and I browsed this one. (Ultimately I think I'll probably eat most of my fruit plain, which is healthier, and easier, but there are some wonderful recipes.) Nice categories though certain ones (like fruit in syrups) I don't think I'd use that often.
Dec 19, 2015 Kym rated it liked it
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Deborah Madison does it again with a cookbook filled with whole food desserts. These recipes focus on the fresh fruits of the season. They are served simply and wonderfully. This is a great book to turn to for a dessert that elevates fruit but still feels special.
Donna Jo Atwood
Jul 12, 2010 Donna Jo Atwood rated it really liked it
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Yummy recipes using fresh fruit. The author is pushing local food and since she is from California some of her choices are not local here. Still, if you have a sweet tooth for after dinner munching, these are pretty good.
Nov 12, 2010 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist, food
Genius fruit desserts. Simple, novel, successful. Lots of compotes, and a collection of five different cakes with which to serve fresh or stewed fruit. Another one of those books I've coveted and thus kept too long from the library. A keeper for my kitchen!
May 14, 2010 Deb rated it really liked it
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Another great cookbook from Deborah Madison--beautifully photographed and well-written book full of all kinds of fruit and fruit-friendly recipes.
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Jul 11, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
A little pretentious, but very interesting recipes with fantastic photos. Can't wait to try some of the recipes out!
Sep 29, 2010 Lauren added it
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A library copy that I am drooling over. Not cooked from yet but there's a winter squash cake and a souffled breakfast pancake iwth aged cheddar and apples that I have my eye on.
Apr 28, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, food
Lots of great ideas with easy to follow directions and many great pictures.

Lots of these great desserts include alcohol or are accompanied by liqueur.
Jul 23, 2013 Po rated it it was amazing
This book is worth reading for the intros to each fruit alone. Of course I've always been partial to fruit desserts so a book that focuses mostly on the fruit and less on baking is my ideal.
Jul 27, 2014 Beka rated it it was ok
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Most of these were just variations on a theme (fruit in syrup, fruit with cheese, etc.), so not my favorite book.
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Deborah Madison is an American chef, writer and cooking teacher. She has been called an expert on vegetarian cooking and her gourmet repertoire showcases fresh garden produce. Her work also highlights Slow Food, local foods and farmers' markets.
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