It’s the scuffed red shoes – the ones on the cover of Tessa Kiros’ “Apples for Jam: A Colorful Cookbook,” the grabs you squarely in the heart and holds on tight. I wore a pair of shoes like these when I was a little girl and so did my daughter.
Now, I admire similar shoes on the feet of my young granddaughters. Whatever the appeal, the red shoes speak to the book’s enchanting format of categorizing recipes for “families, for young people, for old people, for children, for the child in all,” according to color. Kiros’ recipe for Lemon Rice Pudding with Roasted Peaches, for instance, appears in the white (for rice) section and another, for Pomegranate Sorbet, in the pink.
As in Kiros’ other cookbooks, such as “Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes,” “Venezia: Food and Dreams” and “Foods from Many Greek Kitchens,” the book is a triple-hit of mouth-watering recipes, charming stories and jaw-dropping photographs.
Equally brilliant (and colorful) is Romney Steele’s “Plum Gorgeous: Recipes and Memories from the Orchard,” a July release by Andrews McMeel Publishing. This cookbook is captivating not only for its recipes and images, but for the sweet way Steele chronicles memories of her time living in orchards.
As you enjoy the pleasures of an end-of-August market, look for foods you may not have experienced before, such as tart fresh red currants or sweet, creamy “donut” peaches.
For more recipes or information about either cookbook, including how to purchase information, visit the publisher’s website at www.andressmcmeel.com
Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org