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Apples of uncommon character : 123 heirlooms, modern classics, & little-known wonders
Jacobsen, Rowan, author.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
Physical Description:
311 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Summer apples -- Dessert apples -- Bakers and saucers -- Keepers -- Cider fruit -- Oddballs -- Recipes -- Glossary.
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In his classic A Geography of Oysters , Rowan Jacobsen forever changed the way America talks about its best bivalve. Now he does the same for our favorite fruit, showing us that there is indeed life beyond Red Delicious-and even Honeycrisp. While supermarkets limit their offerings to a few waxy options, apple trees with lives spanning human generations are producing characterful varieties-and now they are in the midst of a rediscovery. From heirlooms to new designer breeds, a delicious diversity of apples is out there for the eating.

Apples have strong personalities, ranging from crabby to wholesome. The Black Oxford apple is actually purple, and looks like a plum. The Knobbed Russet looks like the love child of a toad and a potato. (But don't be fooled by its looks.) The D'Arcy Spice leaves a hint of allspice on the tongue. Cut Hidden Rose open and its inner secret is revealed.

With more than 150 art-quality color photographs, Apples of Uncommon Character shows us the fruit in all its glory. Jacobsen collected specimens both common and rare from all over North America, selecting 120 to feature, including the best varieties for eating, baking, and hard-cider making. Each is accompanied by a photograph, history, lore, and a list of characteristics. The book also includes 20 recipes, savory and sweet, resources for buying and growing, and a guide to the best apple festivals. It's a must-have for every foodie.

Author Notes

Rowan Jacobsen is the James Beard Award-winning author of A Geography of Oysters , Fruitless Fall , The Living Shore, and American Terroir. He has written for the New York Times , Harper's , Outside, Mother Jones, Orion, and others, and his work has been anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing and Best Food Writing collections. Whether visiting endangered oystermen in Louisiana or cacao-gathering tribes in the Bolivian Amazon, his subject is how to maintain a sense of place in a world of increasing placelessness. He lives in rural Vermont.

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Booklist Review

At the close of the twentieth century, few varieties of apples seemed available in American supermarkets. Shoppers had choices among Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, McIntosh, and perhaps Granny Smith. The foodie revolution has changed all that, and new varieties from all over the world now crowd produce shelves. Who would have imagined a few years ago that browsers in green markets would have to distinguish Fuji from Gala, Cox's Orange Pippin from Cortland, or Winesap from Wealthy? Jacobsen catalogs both familiar and obscure apples, offering details on the variety's history, its salient characteristics, its seasonality, and its culinary uses. Many regional apple varieties have short seasons or limited production, so not every apple can appear in Jacobsen's inventory, but there are plenty to savor. Full-color photographs help with identification. Twenty-plus recipes show off the fruit to best advantage, and there is a formula for the perfect apple pie.--Knoblauch, Mark Copyright 2014 Booklist

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