THE BERRY BIBLE: With 200 Recipes Using Cultivated and Wild, Fresh and Frozen Berries

Janie Hibler, Author . Morrow $29.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-06-008548-3

From the essential raspberry to the uncommon jostaberry, Food & Wine and Gourmet contributor Hibler sings the praises of the bountiful berry, many varieties of which are indigenous to North America. Without getting too scientific, Hibler explores the history of the berry, how and where it is cultivated and the differences between each variety. She highlights berries' versatility and adaptability, making references to each fruit's cooking capacity as well as its health benefits. Divided into two main sections, the book serves foremost as an encyclopedia of buffaloberries, salmonberries, strawberries and everything in between, listing common names, storage information and other particulars. The second half is an eclectic collection of recipes for beverages, salads, game, pies and more. Forget strawberry jam and cranberry sauce—Hibler offers a refreshing look at a fruit often relegated to pancakes and syrups. Adventurous chefs will be inspired to jump-start their next party with Strawberry Mojitos, followed by Mango-Raspberry Soup and Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Blueberry Port. For dessert, they may want to go out on a limb with Almond Gooseberry Cream Pie, or just play it safe with Peak-of-the-Season Blueberry Pie. Incorporating the berry into both sweet and savory dishes is what Hibler seems to do best, and her recipes are straightforward and well-explained. 8-page full-color photo insert not seen by PW . Agent, Judith Weber. (On sale Apr. 15)

Forecast: Hibler's cookbook will be of particular interest in berry hot spots such as Maine, Massachusetts and Oregon. Morrow plans a national broadcast and print media campaign and author appearances in New York and Portland, Ore., where Hibler lives.

Reviewed on: 03/15/2004
Release date: 04/01/2004
Paperback - 270 pages - 978-1-935597-12-4
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