I love so many things about this book... It includes a chart of baking pan equivalents and a glossary of dessert types (pandowdies, buckles, slumps, etc). The recipes are given seasonally, so it will make a great companion to the gardener or farmers' market shopper. Each recipe has the total baking time and number of servings listed clearly at the top, and offers storage guidelines for each dish as well. I was so excited by the rhubarb recipes that I went out and bought 3 pounds at the farmers' market to try them all! The Rhubarb Buckle with Ginger Crumb was so tasty I made it twice in less than a week. It's equally good as a coffee cake at breakfast or a dessert. The candied ginger in the topping complemented the tartness of the rhubarb wonderfully. Mimi's German Apple Cake is a great last-minute dessert; it only takes about 15 minutes to put together and has a delicious combination of crumbly cake and juicy apples.— From Emily A.
"It is fate, really. Simply team up two Portland, Oregon, fruit experts--an award-winning chef turned farm-to-school food coordinator, and a baker known for her glorious handcrafted goods--and a must-have new little cookbook appears: Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson. . . . . This cookbook, a true collaboration, is a reflection of the passion they share for Oregon's amazing variety of seasonal fruits and the respect they have for the small growers who farm in a sustainable way. . . . The genius of this work lies in Schreiber's playful fruit combinations and Richardson's mastery of doughs and spices to complement them."
“Rustic Fruit Desserts embodies the modern wisdom about how to cook delicious food: make it fresh, local, and seasonal. As someone who’s always loved desserts with fruit and, who, like Julie, has New England roots, I also applaud the book’s mouthwatering taxonomy, which distinguishes between grunts, slumps, buckles, crisps, cobblers, and pandowdies.”
–Sara Moulton, host of Sara’s Weeknight Meals and executive chef of Gourmet
“Finally, all of my favorite kinds of dessert in one place! From warm berry buckles and crumbly crisps to boozy bread pudding, Rustic Fruit Desserts will help you bake your way through the best of the bounty.”
–David Lebovitz, author of The Sweet Life in Paris and The Perfect Scoop