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Summertime, and cooking is easy with ‘Fruitful’

Published: Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014 - 11:14 am

The summer bounty of fruits has arrived and will get only better as the coming months segue one into the next.

How to use all the great fruits available to us in Sacramento? A new book has hundreds of creative idea. As it covers all four seasons of the year, it has a long shelf life.

Focusing here on the summertime section, “Fruitful” by Brian Nicholson and Sarah Huck (Running Press, $27.50, 320 pages, with color photos) contains a heap of fresh-fruit recipes calling for raspberries, cherries (smoked duck and cherry confit toasts), peaches (wild ginger peach pie), nectarines (chicken salad with nectarines and walnuts), apricots (apricot-almond scones), plums and the like.

The section on how make fruit pies is an informative, step-by-step guide welcome in any kitchen. Sidebars with tips on how to grow and harvest fruits are included, but of more interest for shoppers is the guidance on how to choose the best fruits at farmers markets and supermarkets.

One whole chapter is devoted to the art of making jams, jellies, sauces and butters; another explains how to make fruit juices. How do we get invited to a taste test?

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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