Noble Fruits: A Guide to Conserving Heirloom Apples
Although it's hard to imagine that a fruit as ubiquitous as the apple could qualify for an endangered foods list, a booklet available from Slow Food USA draws attention to the rapidly declining number of apple varieties and proposes some solutions. Noble Fruits: A Guide to Conserving Heirloom Apples is an instructive guide that highlights many little-known heirloom varieties and provides tips and advice for people interested in planting and harvesting them. This isn't a comprehensive work, but it does provide insight into ways to keep America's apple heritage alive.
Cooking with Winter Vegetables
While many people get excited about the first asparagus of spring or the first tomato of summer, there generally is less enthusiasm for the first turnip of fall. That is, unless you know how wonderful a crisp, tender Asian turnip can be. Or the sweetness of frost-tempered kale. If you're wanting to learn better ways to eat seasonally and locally, Recipes from the Root Cellar: 270 Fresh Ways to Enjoy Winter Vegetables (Storey Publishing, 2010, $18.95) by Andrea Chesman is a great starting point. Chesman profiles twenty-one winter vegetables, with information about storage, buying, preparing, and cooking ideas. There are also chapters on salads and pickled vegetables, soups, simple vegetable dishes, beans, rice, grains, and main dishes that are vegetarian or include fish and seafood, poultry and meat. And, yes, there are even baked goods and desserts.