The Apple Source Book
particular uses for diverse apples

by Sue Clifford and Angela King
with Philippa Davenport
for Common Ground
Hodder & Stoughton
4 October 2007
hb 304 pages, b&w illustrations £16.99

The Apple Source Book is a celebration of nearly 3,000 varieties of apple we can grow in these islands, with their distinctive flavours, uses, places of origin, stories and associated customs.

Recipes from 52 chefs, food writers and gardeners are complemented by a wealth of useful information about apple identification, orchards, wild life, specialist nurseries, suppliers of fruit, blossom routes, Community Orchards as well as ideas for Apple Day, wassailing, juice pressing, cider making and a 40 page county by county gazetteer of where varieties originated.

Taking the apple as a symbol of the physical, cultural and genetic diversity that we should not let slip away, The Apple Source Book demonstrates how anyone can make a difference.

CONTENTS LIST : INTRODUCTION; A CASE FOR VARIETY; AN APPLE FOR ALL SEASONS (Joan Morgan); TEN GREEN APPLES (Carol Trewin); CIDER AND CIDER ORCHARDS; ATTRACTING WILD LIFE TO ORCHARDS (Gail Vines); COMMUNITY ORCHARDS; APPLE DAY; WASSAILING RECIPES; THE ENGLISH AND THEIR APPLES - A COOK’S PERSPECTIVE (Philippa Davenport); SOUPS AND SMALL SAVOURY DISHES; SALADS AND VEGETABLES; FISH, FOWL, GAME AND MEAT; PUDDINGS; BAKING, BEVERAGES AND MISCELLANEOUS: GAZETTEER OF LOCAL VARIETIES; PRACTICAL ACTION & SOURCES; SAVE OUR ORCHARDS; IDEAS FOR CELEBRATING APPLE DAY; APPLE IDENTIFICATION; BLOSSOM WALKS AND FESTIVALS; STORING APPLES; SMALL SCALE APPLE JUICE AND CIDER MAKING; ORCHARD HONEY; MISTLETOE; GROWING YOUR OWN; SPECIALIST NURSERIES & SUPPLIERS; SPECIALIST SUPPLIERS OF FRUIT; NATIONAL COLLECTIONS OF FRUIT TREES; CONTACTS; REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING; COMMON GROUND AND PUBLICATIONS; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; PICTURE CREDITS & LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

RECIPE CONTRIBUTORS : Darina Allen; Lindsey Bareham; Frances Bissell; Raymond Blanc; Joanna Blythman; Lynda Brown; Sally Clarke; Shona Crawford Poole; Tamasin Day-Lewis; Philippa Davenport; Elizabeth David; Charles Dowding; Gail Duff; Rose Elliot; Hattie Ellis; Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall; Bob Flowerdew; Mathew Fort; Henrietta Green; Francesca Greenoak; Sophie Grigson; Skye Gyngell; Barny Haughton; Patricia Hegarty; Fergus Henderson; Shaun Hill; Mark Hix; Simon Hopkinson; Clarissa Hyman; Juliet Kindersley; Sue Lawrence; Jeremy Lee; Richard Mabey; Claire Macdonald; Laura Mason; Patricia Michelson; Joan Morgan; George & Barbara Morris; Grace Mulligan; Jill Norman; Tom Parker-Bowles; Sara Paston-Williams; Anna Pavord; Craig & Christine Pillans; Rose Prince; Simon Sekers; Nigel Slater; Delia Smith; Caroline Waldegrave; Andrew Whitley; Margaret Wilson; Alice Wooledge Salmon

ILLUSTRATORS : Ivan Allen, Richard Allen, Matt Clervaux, Glyn Goodwin, Brian Grimwood, Clifford Harper, Lucinda Rogers, Stephen Turner, Dan Williams and DESIGNER Will Webb.

Extracts from some reviews of the Apple Source Book:

"... a hymn to the diversity of the fruit and an invaluable supply of anecdote, fact and recipes." (Nigel Slater, Observer Magazine, 21 October 2007)

"If you thought apples only came in the shape of braeburns from New Zealand or golden delicious from France, this informative and beautifully crafted book will open your eyes to the rich and fruity pickings closer to home." (Mark Taylor, BBC Country File magazine, December 2007)

"Lovely treasury of all things appley" (The Bookseller, July 2007)

"... a sort-of all-in-one apple enthusiasts' kit, containing everything from a raft of celebrity apple recipes and hints on cider-making, to a gazetteer of where you can find your Ribston pippin and your Blenheim orange." (Michael McCarthy, Independent Extra, 19 October 2007)

"... A fascinating compilation of apple-related gems including recipes, customs, information on orchards and specialist nurseries; not to mention a section listing hundreds of apple varieties, county by county." (Caroline Kingdom, Choice magazine , October 2007)

' ... this delightful book, with its attractive black and white illustrations, is a directory of apple essentials." (Sally Kinnes, Glasgow Herald, 20 October 2007)

"... this cornucopia of information on the most versatile and delectable of fruits." (National Trust Magazine, Spring 2008)

Buy the APPLE SOURCE BOOK from your LOCAL BOOK SHOP, or from AMAZON.CO.UK

The book was launched at Petersham Nurseries, Richmond, Surrey on October 18th - see some pictures HERE

Read the chapter 'THE CASE FOR VARIETY'