March 31, 2016

Sweeter off the Vine


Fruits, ice creams, and pastries—oh my! I need a drool-bib while looking through this book.

Sweeter off the Vine, by Yossy Arefi, is comprised of 4 (main) sections: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, with smaller, additional sections: Year-Round Essentials, and Seasonal Larder. An introduction and table of contents are in the front of the book, and an index of recipes and a metric conversion chart is in the back.

I was surprised on the thickness of this dessert recipe book. It is a hardback with 256 pages and enticing recipes for fruit-inspired seasonal desserts. Though you can get this in an eBook format, I recommend purchasing the physical copy. The illustrations are gorgeous and inspiring, the pages are thick, and the cover looks great on my kitchen shelf.

Each of the one-page recipes has a corresponding photograph. This is such a treat! (Pun intended.) I love having a visual of what the dessert will (or at least could) look like. The book also has what I can fruit pages, where a particular fruit is mentioned and a personal story from the author that goes along with it. This gives a more personalized touch, and adds emotion to book.

I only received the book this morning, so I searched to find a recipe in which I had all the ingredients. Lucky me, I found one that has “simplest” in the title! (heh)

The Simplest Strawberry Tart (pg. 36) is simply delicious!! Now, it calls for Rye Pie Crust (pg 228) which is a variation of the All-Butter Pie Crust, by using rye flour rather than all-purpose, but I only had regular flour so I made the butter pie crust instead. The photograph gave me a great visual to go by to make this tart look beautiful! And if you’re wondering—the recipe only calls for six ingredients! (Pie crust, egg, strawberries, mascarpone, sugar, and strawberry jam.) Easy, right?

I will most definitely make this easy recipe again—and I’ll try the rye flour. I might try this with blackberries (my favorite!) when they are in season, too.

These recipes appear to be straightforward. (I don’t like cookbooks that have a bunch of ingredients I’ve never heard of, or ingredients I’d probably never use again.) I can’t wait to try out more recipes.


Cover: Love
Title: Love
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 978-1607748588
Pages: 256

BloggingForBooks has provided me a copy of this book in exchange for a review.