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Apples For Jam: Recipes For Life

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,176 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
This is food for families, for young people, for old people, for children, for the child in all . . . for life.- "Apples for Jam""Apples for Jam" is a keepsake cookbook filled with savory recipes woven together by a rainbow of colors, memories, and lavish full-color photography.

Tessa Kiros has circled the globe working in restaurants in Australia, Greece, Mexico, and Londo
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Paperback, 417 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Murdoch (first published 2006)
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Susan
Jan 04, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: visual artsy types, homey happy family types, cooking for children
A confession: I am a good gift giver. I think about the other person, what they are like, what they love, what makes them happy, and I look for things that will be just right for them. But I gave this book to my husband as one of his Christmas gifts. While he is a splendid cook and does most of the house cooking, I bought it for the lovely pictures and the way it made me feel like home when my children were all younger. I don't care if the recipes are in weird color coordinated order since I rar ...more
Hirondelle
Dec 20, 2010 Hirondelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
It was not love at first sight with this book: it was my first book by this author, and frankly I was expecting something else. Not sure what else, but I was a bit surprised and even suspicious of it. The recipes seemed a bit simple, the photography and design well it had its own aesthetic that I was not sure that I liked, the text seemed a bit random (and in the spirit of total frankness a bit gushy. I am more into a hard science mode for cookbooks). I just was not sure.

But I am converted and w
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Autumn
Very pretty esp. if you are buying it at Anthropologie but the recipes are a tad uninspired. Excellent for dreaming of how awesome you would be if you were raising adorable children in Tuscany.
Carlie
Jun 23, 2010 Carlie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So disappointing! I really wanted this book forever. I'd heard positive buzz for literally YEARS about it, read reviews, seen snippets places and mourned the humongous waiting list at the library. And then my sweet brother-in-law bought it for me for Christmas. Blast it all. I wanted it to be so good! And really I love the idea, a cozy homey book that is part personal memoir and part cookbook full of pretty photography and snuggly dishes. If only that's what it was. Instead I felt like the photo ...more
Amy
Oct 16, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I really wanted to love this cookbook, however I wasn't really impressed by it. First the layout isn't a typical cookbook layout. It is organized by color instead of by courses, ie. appetizers, soups/salads, meats, desserts etc.

Also I wasn't reallly impressed with the photography. I believe they are really beautiful pictures but I really want food porn.

This is more for the cook who likes to daydream about cooking comfort foods and bring back a nostalgia.

I did try a few of the recipes and I rea
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Rose
Jul 28, 2012 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. The photos are wonderful as are the stories. Perfect book to day dream by. The author is a creative cook and is extremely well traveled. The recipes are organized by color and the book is wonderful to just read, much less cook out of. What I liked most about the book is how clearly the writer shines through her stories. Warm, creative and interesting.
Amanda
Jun 08, 2010 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I am smitten with Tessa. I'm not sure what I'd like more: to be her OR be content making all the lovely meals for my family that she does with creativity and splendor for hers. And, being an absolute color junkie, I devoured this cookbook as its chapters are defined by color. Love, love, LOVE this cookbook.

{The cover alone makes it worthy of a spot in your kitchen!}
Barbara
May 13, 2009 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
This book is magical. Not so much for the content (though the recipes I've made so far have been good), but for the way it's organized (by color), the anecdotes of family, and the photographs. It makes me feel good just to look at it! I tend to prefer cookbooks that have snippets of the author's life, memories, moments....
Chocolate & Croissants
Look at this beautiful cookbook cover. Apples for Jam is a colorful cookbook. I must say it is adorable. Everything about this book is adorable and charming from the title of the book Apples for Jam to the way the recipes are categorized, by colors to the photos.

I love the idea of organizing the recipes by color. The color categories are red, orange, yellow, pink, green, gold, white, brown, monochrome, stripes and multicolor. The chapter on multicolored food starts off with a fun photo of a merr
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Kyla
Dec 14, 2009 Kyla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this cookbook from cover to cover twice - hoping to see what other people saw in it. I liked the emphasis on kid-friendly meals and blending of cultures and even the idea of grouping foods by color is kinda sorta interesting. But there was just so much meat - seriously, every recipe seems to have meat - and the writing was fuzzily dreamy in the way I can't stand and the design (apart from the cover, which I like) was not half as pretty as it could have been. Got it from the library as a t ...more
Claire
Oct 28, 2012 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cook-books
Another of my Sunday browse books. I love to be able to search by color, particularly with fussy kids. They love to look through and pick out a picture and we can cook together. The recipes never disappoint. I am particularly fond of the ice-cream recipes from here.
Belknits
Beautiful book to look at - eye candy for me - but the recipes aren't holding up so far (I haven't tried that many, to be fair). The granola burnt according to her instructions. Oh well, I'll try some other recipes!
Chanel11
Apr 15, 2011 Chanel11 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As beautiful as it is visually there really were almost no recipes that I wanted to cook, aside from one involving yoghurt and orange.
Ramona
May 25, 2012 Ramona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my friends
Recommended to Ramona by: found it myself
Such a gorgeous book.Even if you didn't like cooking at first she will make you change your mind ! loves it....
Daisy
Mar 10, 2012 Daisy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I think my favorite photograph is the risotto with a fried egg and sage on it.

I just started this tonight and some of the recipes look good, you know, basics. And the photos are pretty but --and this is only a first impression-- it's too, too precious. It's got kids' drawings throughout and the author's childhood memories and the chapters are organized by food- or meal-color: red, orange, yellow, gold, etc. (No blue at least.)
I'll keep at this to be fair and maybe I'll even try a recipe. I'm in
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Catherine
Aug 14, 2011 Catherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
This is the second Tessa Kiros book I own. My first was Falling Cloudberries which I really enjoyed. I just can't bring myself to like this book. It's organised according to food 'colour' which I just can't abide by. I also find the writing to be a bit over the top and gushy. I liked the 'backstory' to recipes in Falling Cloudberries but I just find myself completely disinterested with the stories in this book. In fact I'm pretty disinterested in the recipes in this book too. There are a few sim ...more
Erica
Apr 10, 2010 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I doubt you could find a more gorgeously photographed cookbook. There's no way I'd leave this one splayed open on my counter top with flour flying and butter sizzling away in the pan though. A beautiful mix of food shots, still lifes, drawings and ethereal photographs of children in their natural environment (if by natural environment you think of tree houses and dragging stuffed animals around by the ear...barefoot and in a nightgown from the 20's) The novelty of grouping foods by color is defi ...more
Cheryl
Mar 17, 2008 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another gorgeous book from Tessa Kiros.
And much like other Kiros cookbooks, it has that feeling of a gift that your older sister gave to you when you took ownership of your first home, first kitchen.

"Apples for Jam" doesn't deliver "high food" with complicated steps. This is the cookbook that you can go to when folks are hungry and the pantry seems bare. This is the food that real families eat behind their shuttered windows.

Chapters are organized by color of the food. The biggest chapter
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Jeanette
Mar 31, 2010 Jeanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that I have discovered Tess Kiros and her cookbooks I am ready to throw out all my other cookbooks. Amazing.
Wonderful recipes that are good tasting, fairly easy to make and kid friendly. I love that this one is organized by color. It makes it so fun to just flip through and pick out something to make. I love the whimsy feel with the pictures and drawings throughout. I love how she talks about each recipe and the absolute variety. Honestly, reading and creating with this cookbook is a treat.
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Kim
Aug 07, 2015 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cook-books
Nice recipes. Unfortunately the publisher chose a light gray print which was really hard to read!
Liss
I'd give it three-and-a-half stars if I could. The bad thing about this book is its layout. The recipes are arranged by color making it difficult to go looking for something specific (dinner, dessert, breakfast, preserves, etc.) The binding makes it nigh-unto-impossible to open all the way which makes it really impractical in the kitchen. The layout is really a shame because otherwise this could be an "only cookbook you'll ever need" since it has a little of everything and the way the recipes ar ...more
Toni
Jan 11, 2009 Toni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have wanted this book for so long and treated myself to it last weekend. It is one of the most creative cookbooks I have ever looked at. I read it from cover to cover this week and fell in love with it's simplistic recipes with what seems like an abundance of flavor. I love the way the author incorporates her memories and children's artwork throughout and my favorite part is how the recipes are categorized by color. This book is a must have for foodies! - Especially if you love to read cookboo ...more
Morgan
Jun 02, 2009 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
What a fun book. Part cookbook, part photo album, and part diary, this is an entertaining read. With memories from childhood combined with hand me down meals, you feel like part of the Kiros family. With her Greek heritage, homegirl cooks lots of good, simple food with quality ingredients and lots of love. And the best part? It's organized by color. Oh my goodness, what a book. My favorite from it is the Buttermilk and Berry Cake. I think kids would really enjoy this book as well as it's very br ...more
Tracy O
Apr 12, 2008 Tracy O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cook-books
Liz gave me this and it is one of the most beautiful books I'll ever have - the pictures of her family and the memories at the beginning of each section make me very happy. Also, you'll never find a larger compendium of comfort food - everything seems to be pudding-ish and big on the carbohydrates (yeah!). A really nice book for kid-friendly food, but I spend more time just looking at it (the organization by the color of food is unusual (there's even a section on striped food), but that's how ki ...more
Jenny
Apr 20, 2010 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
This is an amazing book! I was stunned by it. The recipes are arranged by color (which is clever), they represent a myriad of cultures and families. I love the pencil and marker illustrations by her children as well as the photos of them in the book. The photos of the food are beautiful. The recipes I have tried are all yummy so far, and the list of recipes I want to try is long. This book is on my wish list. I will be very sad to send it back to the library while I save my pennies to buy my own ...more
Deb
Oct 04, 2011 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Love Tessa Kiros. I have had Apples for Jam sitting on my shelves for ages--I look at it but hadn't cooked from. Luckily she is our new chef for the next six months our online cooking club--I Heart Cooking Clubs so I will be delving into all of her books more often.

I made the Risotto with Fried Egg and it was both simple and really delicious. Here's a link to the recipe and pictures: http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/20...
Kristy
Jul 13, 2013 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First the good things: This is a lovely conceptual cookbook. It's organized by color and features lots of beautiful shots of family life and handmade crafts. The recipes are yummy and unique and diverse.

The downside of this book, however, is that it's *impossibe* to find anything. It's hard to think about what "color" a food is. Also, while the non-food photography is lovely, it doesn't really have anything to do with the bulk of the book!
Relyn
Mar 11, 2016 Relyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone needing a shot of beauty
Shelves: foodies-cooking
This is a gorgeous, gorgeous book. I love it so much. I will likely not use more than two recipes in the book - not a cook - but I sure did enjoy it. The photographs are wonderful and exceptionally beautiful. My favorite feature, though, was the memories she included. I also love how she separated the food by colors. Brilliant. Anyway, read this book if you love cookbooks, photography, or foodie writing. It's all in there.
Amy
I actually bought this cookbook because I thought it was such a brilliant idea how she organized the recipes by color. I love sorting things by color!! It doesn't make for an easy-to-use cookbook though. More importantly, the recipes didn't inspire me much, regardless of color. Reading through it made me feel my life was so boring- suburban-American that I have avoided opening it on all but my most brave days.
Nicole
Jun 07, 2012 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cook-books
I didn't make anything in this book because I hated the layout and didn't have time to sort through hundreds of pages of scattered meals...

I'm old school...I need my cook books to be sorted out like breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not red, blue and stripes!

This book is just too overwhelming and there's no way my kids would eat 3/4 of these dishes.

Wanted to love it...but just got to frustrated to try it...
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“Have I added to their building blocks, shoring them up with strength and their own magnificence? Have I shown them enough color? Did I let them have enough ice cream and leave them alone enough without my anxieties? How can we know which is the right way? We have to go with our inner instincts and the feeling in our bones. But I can contribute to their growing cells, show them some foods that are better than others, walk with them, and encourage their own tastes. I can teach them to love and appreciate food, help them treat their bodies like gold, listen to them wanting more or less. The rest I have to trust.” 3 likes
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