Sunday, February 6, 2011

Review: Plum Gorgeous


  • Author:  Romney Steele
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (July 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449402402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449402402


Product Description from Amazon

Inside Plum Gorgeous, Romney "Nani" Steele follows her successful cookbook-memoir My Nepenthe with 60 seasonally inspired recipes that celebrate the "romance of fruit." Capturing the essence, beauty, and deliciousness of cooking with seasonal fruits, Steele offers simple and seductive recipes that intertwine with the seasons in which each fruit is harvested.

Savory recipes like Coriander Steak with Blackberry Vinaigrette and Kumquat Couscous Salad with Fried Haloumi Cheese are presented alongside sweet treats like Passionfruit Chocolate Truffles and Plum Soup with Basil Ice Cream. Interspersed throughout Plum Gorgeous are beautiful, full-color photographs by Sara Remington and reminiscences from the year that Steele spent living in an orchard in Big Sur, along with fruit lore and select notes on handling and preserving fruit.

In an accessible but imaginative way, Plum Gorgeous beautifully reveals the many layers and flavor profiles of fruit while celebrating the memories inspired by each season's beauty and bounty. 

My Review:
What a beautiful cookbook!  Beautiful photos and recipes! It is subtitled recipes and memories from the orchard.  This beautiful book is divided into four sections: citrus, berries, plums and harvest recipes.  It is filled with delightful recipes, for example, the September Salad filled with melon, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes and figs topped with a sherry based dressing...yummy!!!  Fresh peach can feel the sunshine just hearing the name of the recipe.  Herb Roasted Salmon with a wild huckleberry!  I can feel the freshness of the fruits in each recipe! Not out until July but this book is worth waiting for.

I was provided an electronic galley through Net Galley in order to preview this book.

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