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Cookbook review

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SAMPLE RECIPES
  • Chocolate, Walnut and Apricot Cookies

  • Baked Bananas in Lemon-Rum Sauce
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  • Recipe count: About 120
  • Art: Color photos for more than 40 recipes
  • Nutritional information: Yes
  • Extras: Preparation time for each recipe
  • Price: $29.95
  • Peaches, pears, papaya: Pépin praises the sweet fruit

    Sweet Simplicity: Jacques Pépin's Fruit Desserts,
    Bay Books

    August 9, 1999
    Web posted at: 11:44 a.m. EDT (1544 GMT)

    By Wendy Wolfenbarger
    Interactive Food Editor

    (CNN) -- "Sweet Simplicity," by master chef and prolific cookbook author Jacques Pépin, is an all-seasonal tribute to the luscious qualities of fruit.

    The hefty collection of cool treats and warming, gooey desserts takes each fruit and makes it an inspiration for a generous handful of recipes. There are eight recipes for pears alone, from "Pears au Gratin" to "Pears in Espresso."

    Dishes are rich, but streamlined and simple for the home cook, with few requiring more than 10 ingredients. The first recipe in the book, "Sweet Apple Flake Confection," has just two.

    Fruit is often left in a natural state or at least natural shape. In "Apples Grandma," Golden Delicious apples are cored and delicately placed whole in the center of bread slices and covered with a sweet apricot and pine nut topping.

    Pépin offers more than the standard apples and oranges. He honors the underused fig, mango and nectarine in recipes that often pair the fruits with simple, complementing sauces.

    The healthy side of fruit is emphasized, from facts on the antioxidant benefits of blueberries to a full rundown of calorie and nutrient amounts for each recipe.

    While desserts are fruity and often sticky-sweet, they are very much for grown-up tastes -- in "Grapefruit and Kiwi Ambrosia," Ruby Red segments and slices bask in a pool of Grand Marnier liqueur and sauternes, a sweet white wine.

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