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Apples for Jam: Recipes for Life Hardcover – 1 Apr 2006


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books; First Edition edition (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174045748X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740457484
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 24.7 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tessa Kiros was born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. The family moved to South Africa when she was four, and at the age of 18, Tessa set off to travel and learn all she could about the world's cultures and traditions, and new ways of living and eating. She has cooked at London's The Groucho Club and in Sydney, Athens and Mexico. On a trip to Italy to study the language and food she met her husband Giovanni, and now lives in Tuscany.

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Charming, nostalgic and exceptionally pretty, this is also - more importantly - a useful and practical family cookbook. --Daily Mail

Fantastic collection of recipes, inspired by the simplicity of childhood... There's food for everyone and every occasion and the design is simply stunning. --Woman & Home --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tessa Kiros was born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. She has lived in South Africa, London, Sydney, Athens and Mexico and is now based in Tuscany, Italy. Her cooking is influenced by her childhood experiences and a life of travel and exploration in various parts of the world. Tessa has collected and created her unique recipes over many years and continues to share special memories and moments with her readers along with wonderful and eclectic food. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Pompom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sep 2008
Format: Hardcover
Before writing this review I had a read through some of the others that had been written. I was most interested by the one star reviews, irritation at the inclusion of the authors memories, and the categorisation of the recipes by colour. The organisation of the recipes by colour, I feel, is quite a nice novel touch - certainly pleasing on the eye. As for the inclusion of the authors memories? I thing this is one of the nicest things about the book. Tessa Kiros has an evocative way of writing and I can lose myself in her words (or they draw up my memories). Everything is interspersed with gorgeous photos.

As for the recipes - there is a lovely range. Some fairly simplistic admittedly, but plenty to inspire any cook. Tessa has a way of writing the recipes that I really enjoy - it almost feels as if she's looking over your shoulder talking you through it.

Recipes included:

Chicken escalopes with tomato and capers
Rosehip semolina puddings
Pumpkin pizza
Orange juice and olive oil cake with pine nuts
Mandarin jam
Fried custard squares
Penne with prawns, cream and tomato
Pomegranate sorbet
Green bean souffle loaf
Granola
Vanilla cake
Chocolate pannacotta
Apple bread with sugar and cinnamon topping

A lovely book to cook with, or curl up with.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Angel Jem VINE VOICE on 8 Sep 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love all things red, so this cookbook with the red girl's shoes on the cover was bound to catch my interest. It is as pretty to look at inside as out, with clear photographs of the food that actually looks like the finished article intermixed with nostalgic photos of childhood articles. The arranging of recipes by colours could be twee, but is actually very appealing. Do you need a stripey recipe? Look it up! The recipes are basic family favourites, but Tessa Kiros sets out that idea at the beginning. They are all eminently cookable and eatable. I love to plan a whole months menu from one cookbook, but usually give up one week in because it's too complicated, too expensive, children start to refuse.... With Apples for Jam I am on my second week and there hasn't been a dud recipe yet. If you're after a recipe book for dinner parties, adult meals, then this is probably too pedestrian for you, but if you have a family of young/er children to feed and keep happy, this book has it all from pasta options to brown bread ice cream via chocolate bread(!) and enough chicken recipes for a week (and I should know...)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Worgan on 22 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is fantastic... I love to cook and I love how this book is full of simple family recipes with little surprises here and there.
You don't need to actually go to India or remote parts of countries to get the ingredients for the recipes either.
It's organized by colour, which personally I think is a novel way of sorting it out, but if you are looking for a specific recipe, they are all listed in the index anyway.
I loved this book so much; I bought it for my sister. She hardly uses anything else, and we are always having days when we make some new recipe from it.

Fave recipes so far:
Banana Bread
Peppermint crisp pie
Beef stew
Lemon sandwiches with raspberries and cream
Pumpkin Pizza
Lamb and green bean casserole

This book also tells you how to make simple homemade things like:

Custard
Strawberry Jam
Toffee Sauce
Mayonnaise

I am about to buy her other books :D
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By KM Cook Book Queen on 14 May 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Tessa's other two books, and this one follows Falling Cloudberries (FC) really well. It is full of gorgeous, pictures, snippets of family life and easy family food. It has the same feeling as FC in that it still feels as if you are looking through someone else's family written jotter, and I really like that.

I have many many cook books, but I can see myself using this one a lot, mainly because the recipes are appealing, easy for family suppers and I know my little one will eat the food! In the few days I have owned this book I have made 6 recipes, all wonderful - with about 90 other recipes marked to try!

If you like Tessa's writing or if you are looking for a good family cookbook I would say buy this book!
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Polina Jenkins on 2 Jun 2006
Format: Hardcover
Usually, I am the picky type of a book-reader. I not only need a good content or an interesting narrative. I also love hardcovers, stylish design, good-quality paper. To some people it might soud weird, but I feel that if I pay good money for a book, it should be good in all respects.

Well, Apples for Jam is a perfect example of a perfect book. Glossy pages, arty photographs that make you so hungry you want to chew your own tongue, children's funny drawings that bring out the very best in you and make you smile...

And on top of that, recipies that you actually are going to want to try! In just 2 days I have already cooked 3. And to do that, I didn't need to stock up my cupboard with weird ingredients like I had to with most of the "fancy chefs'" cookery books. The recipies are down-to-earth, simple but divine. Sometimes it's just 2-3 main ingredients, but the combination of flavours is fantastic. Some of the recipies are fun, some are healthy, some are more fiddly - but all of them are thoroughly explained. The magical bit is, with this book, whatever you try cooking out of it, works out the way it should - there is no plus or minus a spoon of flour, everything is pretty exact.

Therefore, you are guaranteed a delicious meal, a good mood and a happy smile.
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