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Jane Grigson's Fruit Book [Hardcover]

Jane Grigson
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Nov 1982
The companion to "Vegetable Book", this is an alphabetical guide to fruit, from apple, apricot and arbutus to sorb apple, strawberry and water-melon. The author adds fragments of history or poetry, and explains the "why' as well as the "how" of cookery.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Atheneum; First Edition edition (Nov 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689113056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689113055
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?Jane Grigson''s Fruit Book . . . is probably the most complete volume of all the fruit from apples to watermelon, with not only brilliant direction but good solid recipes. Judith Hill''s glossary to the American edition is of enormous help. This fills a most important need on the cookbook shelves. James Beard -- James Beard --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best book on FRUIT - Jane Grigson! 1 Sep 2006
Jane Grigson was one of the leading cookery writers of her generation with some similarity to the writing talents of the great Elizabeth David, in that her books combine superb writing with impeccable research.
In fact in this book she acknowledges Elizabeth David (ED), 'whose taste in the matter of fruit is unequalled' and other cute references such as in the article about 'pickled cherries', followed by a recipe for 'Cherry Brandy', 'ED's Black Fruit Fool' -'a recipe for devotees of prunes and dried fruit and 'ED`s Sweet Flan Pastry` - 'easy to remember and efficient in practice'.

'It is from a love of fruit that Jane wrote her book, the much awaited companion volume to the enormously popular and successful `Jane Grigson Vegetable Book' . The author deals with both the homely and the less familiar fruits of our orchards with known and recently imported tropical fruits.'

'Jane Grigson's Fruit Book' is a 508 high quality, matt page alphabetical guide to selecting and using fruit, with practically *everything from apple to water melon, including the less popular 'medlar' and 'sapodilla'.
*'Fruit that is eaten principally as a vegetable - e.g. 'the tomato', came into an earlier book.
'Olives' seemed out of the scheme of this book and there was no room to deal properly with 'nuts'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourite books of all times 24 July 2001
By onion
Confession time - I don't read cookery books just for the recipes. I read them because food and cookery is important to me, and all sorts of related issues like culture, history and science are involved. I don't really want to know how to feed 4 for £2.50 or 58 interesting things to do with chicken, I want to enjoy the seductive qualities of good writing and delicious food. I read this book again and again til it fell apart. It was for a long time the book I kept by the side of my bed so when I couldn't sleep I could open it and read about oranges or guavas or persimmons. And there are some great recipes too, like orange syrup cake, my family's all time favourite cake. She's a great, intelligent writer, and I really recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perennial Favourite 3 Jun 2010
I bought this excellent book when it first came out in 1982. I've used it so often my original copy was falling apart, and not wanting to be without it, I ordered a brand new copy. I recently did the same with Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book. She was a lyrical and knowledgeable writer whose books are real treasures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless - well, almost! 29 Oct 2010
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Anyone reading my reviews knows by now that I am a practical home cook; I don't like "star" chefs, or glossy photographs every other page - what I want is information, ideas, and technique. Jane Grigson provided all these wrapped up in erudite, entertaining prose. The only pictures here are illustrative line drawings of the fruit, and each double page spread typically offers 2 - 3 recipes - giving a total of over 500 for the book. For each fruit, the recipes are preceded by a fascinating and fun history section, a discussion of varieties, and how to prepare and use them. The recipes cover all aspects of use. For example, the section on oranges includes sauces, salads, fish and fowl dishes, crepes, ices, cakes, marmalades, drinks, and more! As well as the obvious, the book covers all the exotics you are likely to come across in supermarkets such as lychee, mangosteen, carambola, persimmon, etc.. An Appendix discusses, amongst other things, mixed fruit recipes, preserves, pastry, biscuits and bread, creams, sugars, and ices.

The only competitor for this book that I know of is Nigel Slater's Tender Vol 2. But, Jane's classic is more comprehensive, covering a greater range of fruit and with more recipes. Also, having the lightness of a paperback and being so well written, Jane's Fruit Book is a great read on a long train journey! On the other hand, Nigel scores with information on growing fruit, his often unique recipe ideas, and much superior production quality - you simply can't beat hard cover and a place marker for books that will be used as much as these. My solution? Buy them both!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! 22 Sep 2010
By AndrewP
Purchased to replace a very old copy which fell apart. Not only full of great recipes but an enjoyable and in places a hilarious read. Her addition of alcohol to the most innocent of dishes is perhaps not very PC these days, but her enjoyment of food and its preparation makes this one of my favourite books.
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