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Cookbook Review: ‘Apples for Jam’ by Tessa Kiros

apples-for-jamIt’s not often we write about cookbooks on Literary Transgressions. (Um, we never have.) This is probably because there is usually very little “literary” about cookbooks and the most transgressive they get is offering you a way to combine a full package of butter with three kinds of chocolate to create something utterly decadent that you can now no longer live without.

All the same, both Kate and I are cookbook lovers and foodies, so it seems appropriate that we spend a few column inches, as it were, sharing our favorites from time to time. And one of my all-time favorite cookbooks is one I have fondly nicknamed “The Impenetrable Cookbook”: Tessa Kiros’ Apples for Jam.

Now, you might be wondering, why do I call it impenetrable if I love it so much? Because this beautiful volume is organized not by meal or food type or protein or even country of origin — it is organized by color. If this sounds slightly insane, that’s because it is. The overall color of any given dish is fairly debatable, i.e. do you put lasagna in red or yellow? Do you put chocolate chip cookies in brown or white? Do you put a fruit salad under green or red or orange or purple or yellow or…what?! The idea of organizing an entire cookbook according to this incredibly subjective way of seeing the world is hardly one with the user experience in mind.

BUT. It’s also a beautiful way to organize a cookbook. (more…)

November 12, 2015 at 8:15 am Leave a comment


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