Thursday, September 23, 2004

All About Apples:Cookbook

How would you like a free cookbook? Ok, it's an electronic book, but it's really beautifully written and has gorgeous photographs. Unlike most cookbooks, this one is based on a single tasting menu--the only one I've ever seen that focuses on Washington state apples.

Washington state is famous for apples. More than half of all eating apples grown in the US come from orchards in Washington state. The harvest goes on for almost three months (August-November) and apples are available just about year-round so there is plenty of opportunity not just to eat them out of hand, but also to cook with them.

Award-winning Seattle-based blog Tasting Menu has published the cookbook called All About Apples, a tasting menu from Scott Carsberg of Lampreia. It features eight dishes and a variety of different Washington state apple varieties. A labor of love, this cookbook is a tribute to the impressive creative skills of chef Scott Carlsberg of Lampreia restaurant, writer Hillel Cooperman and photographer Peyman Oreizy.

Already mentioned in a column by Mark Bittman in the New York Times (free to access but registration is required) All About Apples is now being offered free of charge, so do visit the site and download a copy for yourself.