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Apples for Jam: A Colorful Cookbook

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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 London.
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published 2006)
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Dec 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!}
Barb Lawrence
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Mar 05, 2010 rated it liked it
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!
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Spirited Stardust
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
As beautiful as it is visually there really were almost no recipes that I wanted to cook, aside from one involving yoghurt and orange.
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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....
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Sep 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 and in a nightgown from the 20's) The novelty of grouping foods by color is ...more
Mar 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Tracy O
Apr 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jun 10, 2008 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jun 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Apr 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A food lover's prose. Gentile, lovely, calm book..."recipes for life". A breath of fresh air that helped me correct course with my relationship with food, eating, body.

A quote from the book,
"Feeding a family is about stitching all the bits together on a steady thread -- between the tuck shop, your knowledge of nutrition, your own family's tastes, your capacity and how much you can give -- and still leaving some space for spontaneity and the will of nature. And all this should still have the
Nov 07, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
I photocopied a few recipes out of this book, but wasn't particularly delighted with it. It's divided into sections by colour, which is kind of nice to browse but is a frustratingly obscure way to organise a cookbook. Perhaps if it was more of a memoir about food it would have suited, but as it consists mostly of recipes, I was just irritated by it - it would be most frustrating trying to find a recipe in a hurry.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautifully done, more of a life/kitchen journal than a cookbook, which I loved! I also liked that all the recipes were organized by color foods in the red section, gold foods in the gold section. My right brain wiring appreciated it!
The recipes were home cooking for the adventurous, bright and cozy.
Basically, I read it every night before bed, and....sweet dreams!
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love the themes in this book - colours and food. The spaghetti bolognese is my favourite dish to cook. It's a slow, melting wonder.
Diane Warrington
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful cookbook that combines recipes with reminiscences. It is also divided into colours. So red, yellow pink etc and all the food and recipes the fall into those categories. Lovely.
The Book Hub
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, cookery
A simple homey cookbook full of easy family friendly ideas.
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