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The Comfort of Apples - Cookbook Review

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 Posted by Rita A

With the fall season comes apple picking time. I have fond memories of apple picking trips growing up back east. The smell and taste of apples has long been a favorite of mine.

The Comfort of Apples: Modern Recipes For An Old Fashioned Favorite is a delightful cookbook celebrating the wonderful tastes of apples. Written by Philip and Lauren Rubin, graduates of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, own 2 Peas & A Pot, a Manhattan catering company. Having worked in several restaurants, and Lauren as a personal chef, they bring us their love of cooking to us in The Comfort of Apples.

Inside the beautifully apple colored pages, you will find nearly one hundred recipes for good foods like, breakfast, entrees, desserts and more.

I love the apple tasting chart at the beginning of the book. Listed are common varieties as well as newer coming to market apples. The chart details the taste levels - Sweet-tart, Sweet, Tart and whether it is good for eating or pie. It makes it easy to determine which apples are good for cooking. Very handy. Cooking with apples takes certain types for the best results. As tastes vary in eating apples, some like them crisp, sweet or tart, certain varieties will work better in recipes.

The recipes are scrumptious. How about a BLT with Cider Aioli which is made with sliced apples. Try a salad of Citrus Beets with Apples. YUM! I can't wait to make the Cider Ribs recipe for my next BBQ. The dessert selection of recipes makes your mouth water. From a simple Apple Cake to a decadent Coconut Panna Cotta with Caramel Apples, oh my!

Here is a sample recipe:

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
by Philip & Lauren Rubin,
Authors of The Comfort of Apples: Modern Recipes for an Old-Fashioned Favorite

Soup should be a smooth, friendly spoonful, which is why this is a lasting combination. Some ingredients just work well together: Butternut squash and apples have a complementary, mellow sweetness. Sweet potatoes and apples have a similar agreement, hence our sweet potato side dish


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
4 cups apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 quart chicken stock
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper
½ cup walnut halves
4 ounces goat cheese, sliced in ¼ -inch rounds

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent about 3 minutes. Add the squash, apples, carrots, stock, and cinnamon and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer until the vegetables are soft when pierced with a fork, 20 to 30 minutes.

2. Ladle the vegetables and half of the broth into a blender or food processor. Puree until very smooth. Return soup to the pot and stir in the remaining broth, one ladleful at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. Season well with salt and pepper.

3. To serve, place a few walnuts in the center of a soup bowl. Shingle 2 slices of goat cheese on top of the walnuts and ladle the soup around the goat cheese. The idea is to have the goat cheese visible atop the soup. (Hint: it may be easier to ladle the soup into a large measuring cup with a spout and pour from there.)

Serves 6

The above is an excerpt from the book The Comfort of Apples: Modern Recipes for an Old-Fashioned Favorite by Philip & Lauren Rubin. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Copyright © 2010 Philip & Lauren Rubin, authors of The Comfort of Apples: Modern Recipes for an Old-Fashioned Favorite.

Get out there and pick those apples. You will have plenty of apple inspiration recipes to make.

You can find The Comfort of Apples: Modern Recipes for an Old-Fashioned Favorite on Amazon or check with your local book seller.

Disclosure: I received a gratis book copy for this review. No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. The opinions above are my own. Others experience may vary.

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  1. Anonymous said...

    Hi, Rita
    That looks like a great cookbook.
    I like butternut soup and that looks like a great recipe for it.
    Cider Aioli I will be dreaming of this!
    Apples have always been a big part of my life. Lots of orchardists in my family.

  2. Rose said...

    the cookbook looks great. i don't think i've seen a cookbook re apples. last weekend i went to the north ga mountains, it's apple season time. love those apples. rose

  3. BiscottiQueen said...

    I am about to go pick up a bushel of apples, and I grow my own. I would LOVE to have and review this. I bet it would be amazing. :)