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Apple Recipes for All at the Library

If “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, then I should be pretty well set for the next year or two. I’ve already made my annual trip to Clyde’s Cider Mill, and enjoyed more than my share of their delicious cider and donuts. This past weekend, my family and I picked our weight in all variety of apples at a local orchard and – yes – inhaled even more donuts and cider. Now it’s time to gather recipes to use all of my freshly-picked produce. Thankfully, the library has plenty to choose from.

First on my list is, of course, something full of sugar and cinnamon and wrapped in a flaky, buttery crust. Sound good? Look no further than “The Book on Pie” by Erin Jeanne McDowell, which gives you all of the tools and recipes you need to bake the perfect pie. “Art of the Pie” is another classic by pie connoisseur Kate McDermott; this one is particularly well-organized, easy to read, and includes brilliant and mouthwatering photos throughout. If you are looking for a more modern take on the classic, try “The New Pie” by Chris Taylor, which will help you elevate your pie to the next level.

I will stop here for a second and acknowledge that perhaps donuts and pie are not quite what the “apple a day” proverb was referring to…but, hey, interpret it how you will! If you’re looking for more wholesome ways to use your apples, there are still plenty of options. “A New Way to Bake” from the kitchens of Martha Stewart, shares classic recipes that substitute more healthful ingredients such as whole grain flours and natural sweeteners. “The Apple Cookbook” by Olwen Woodier is another great option. I have my eye on the Butternut Squash and Apple soup, as well as the simple recipe for unsweetened applesauce.

One of the best – and most relevant – books in our collection is “The New England Orchard Cookbook” by Linda Beaulieu, which includes more than 200 recipes (sweet AND savory!) from orchards, mills, and family-owned farms throughout New England. Try your hand at the Apple Torte from Pippin Orchards in Cranston or the Apple Nut Coffee Cake from Jaswell’s Farm in Smithfield. The book even includes a recipe for the “Original Fire Cider”, a spicy, herbal, apple cider vinegar concoction that is said to boost your immune system. Just what we need!

Right now, though, I have my eye on “À la Mode: 120 Recipes in 60 Pairings” by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough…because if there’s one thing I love more than apple pie, it’s ice cream! But that’s a topic I’ll save for another column.


By Cassie Skobrak, Reference Librarian