“(Orange Appeal) is both elegant and beautiful and we are pouring over it to see what to try first!” – Rose Levy Beranbaum, author of The Cake Bible
For my first cookbook, I’ve created or recreated more than 70 homey and comforting, celebratory and spectacular recipes that reflect my cooking style, that reflect my multi-cultural kitchen, each featuring that most versatile of fruit, the orange, in one of its myriad forms: the fruit itself in slices, chunks, or wedges, the juice, zest, peel, orange marmalade, liqueur, extract, orange flower/blossom water, orange sugar, salt, or powder.
The recipes were created for the curious home cook of every and any level of experience and expertise, from the novice to the professional; there are recipes for when you are rushed or lazy, simple and quick using pantry staples, and recipes for when you have the time and inclination to prepare something more complex or time-consuming, yeast breads, soups, and stews. And there are dishes and desserts that will become your favorite holiday classics. And every dish, snack, dessert was created for a family just like mine, to please both the finicky and the gourmand.
Orange Appeal is both savory and sweet, highlighting the astonishing versatility of the orange – be tempted by the Blood Orange Hummus Vinaigrette or North African-inspired Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Onion, Raisin, and Orange Compote; a delicate, sophisticated, yet utterly refreshing Chilled White Asparagus Velouté with Orange Chantilly; Orange and Brown Sugar-Glazed Sweet Potato wedges; Beef (or lamb) in Bourbon Sauce or a Tahitian Curried Cod Poached in Coconut Milk, Lime, and Orange, or the luscious baked chicken dish I served at my own wedding lunch. Be astonished by the Orange, Ricotta, and Chèvre Tart in an Orange-Almond Crust, Oranges in Spiced Wine Syrup, or the creamy, delicate Orange Riz au Lait. Be comforted with a plate of warm Orange Cardamom Scones served with Honey-Orange Spiced Butter, Orange, Date, and Pecan Muffins, or a wedge of Glazed Apple and Orange Braid. Be seduced by the Oranges in Spiced Wine Syrup, Oven-Roasted Vanilla Blood Orange and Rhubarb Compote, or the voluptuous Orange-Glazed Orange Cream Puffs.
Just to name a few.
Don’t be surprised that this Florida girl raised a stone’s throw from the world-famous Indian River citrus groves, wrote her first cookbook all about the orange. Save your astonishment for the way that the orange in one of its many forms will absolutely transform the flavor profile of a dish. Be blown away by just how multifaceted an ingredient the orange can be in your own kitchen.
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Photo credits: Ilva Beretta for Orange Appeal