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Cookbook Giveaway: The Apple Lover’s Cookbook

Apple-Studded Brown Butter Streusel Coffee Cake is an easy apple dessert, great for using sweet apples.

Apple season is in full swing, and that means apples are crisper, sweeter and riper than ever, with dozens of varieties available at pick-your-own orchards and farmers’ markets. And if you find yourself trying to decide between Mutsu, Empire, Cortland, Pink Lady and other unfamiliar apple varieties, wondering which is good for cooking, baking and eating out-of-hand, The Apple Lover’s Cookbook by Amy Traverso is the perfect book to have by your side.

Amy includes a reference section that describes 59 great apple varieties in-depth (with pictures!), but for ease of use, she also divides all apples into four general categories: firm-tart, firm-sweet, tender-tart and tender-sweet. There’s even an “apple varieties cheat sheet,” dividing the apples into these categories, that I may Xerox before heading to the farmers’ market.

The recipes, which span from savory meat pies to apple tarts and breakfast through dinner dishes, all include a general apple category suggestion (and occasionally a specific variety suggestion), so you’ll know you’re using the best type of apple for each recipe. It’s amazing and sure to get you out of the familiar Granny-Smith-for-baking rut.

A rustic Free-Form Apple-Pear-Cranberry Tart makes an impressive dessert for any get-together.

Here are a few apple recipes from The Apple Lover’s Cookbook to get you started:

  • Apple-Studded Brown Butter Streusel Coffee Cake – Since this cake has a tender texture, Amy suggests using a sweet apple, like Fuji or Gala.
  • Free-Form Apple-Pear-Cranberry Tart – Firm-tart apples are suggested for this rustic tart, like Granny Smith or Northern Spy.
  • Williamsburg Wrapples – Amy’s version of the signature pastry of a bakery in Williamsburg, Mass., a “wrapple” is like a hand-held apple pie packet. Slices of cinnamon-spiced, firm-tart apples are wrapped in buttery pastry, baked and drizzled with a sugar glaze.

Williamsburg Wrapples are like hand-held apple pies.

We’re giving away one copy of The Apple Lover’s Cookbook! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite apple variety.

You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re a winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

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So tell us, what’s your favorite apple variety?

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Comments (181)

  1. whybeo posted 10/01/2011


  2. Jean posted 10/01/2011

    Honey Crisp

  3. Janet posted 10/01/2011

    I love looking for an apple I haven't tried. From Louisiana, one day I hope to travel up north and eat one right off the apple tree! So far my favorite is the "Pink Lady" – taste good, pretty on the table, and I like the name :)

  4. Heidi posted 10/01/2011

    Love Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Cameo.. anything that makes a perfect Candied Apple right about now. Love this season!

  5. bruce tilson posted 10/01/2011

    Gala is the best, I have one in my back yard.

  6. Darlene posted 10/01/2011

    I love Honey Crisps and Galas. Good on their own or in recipes!

  7. blackbearhollow posted 10/01/2011

    Wolf River & Macs

  8. Tamara posted 10/01/2011

    Granny Smith

  9. Mary posted 10/01/2011

    Love Granny Smith for baking and Fuji for snacking. :)

  10. Mike posted 10/01/2011

    Honeycrisp! Followed by Grannys!

  11. Stephanie Orr posted 10/01/2011

    Honeycrisps!!! Nom nom

  12. Cristina posted 10/01/2011

    I absolutely love honeycrisp apples! They have the sweetest flavor. they are also very good in apple pies believe it or not.

  13. ilhaformosaaltomtaiwan posted 10/01/2011

    Honey crisp apples!!

  14. Suzanne posted 10/01/2011

    McIntosh apples have been my favorite since I was a kid … and I still love them today!

  15. Ellen Owca posted 10/01/2011

    Nothing like a crunchy, juicy granny smith!! YUM!!!!

  16. Debbie posted 10/02/2011

    I love granny smith apples and fuji apples.

  17. Jeanne in Toledo posted 10/02/2011

    My favorite apples are crisp and tart. Honeycrisp is the best for eating out of hand – for cooking/baking it's provably Granny Smith though!

  18. Matt posted 10/02/2011

    Granny Smith all the way!!!

  19. Michele posted 10/02/2011

    Honey crisps!

  20. CherylGurl posted 10/02/2011

    I like honey crisp.

  21. Susan posted 10/02/2011

    Granny Smith!

  22. Tricia D posted 10/02/2011

    I am a Red Delicious traditionalist, the best of the ever presently available NW varieties.

  23. Muriel posted 10/02/2011

    I love crisp, fall, Red Delicious apples, yumm!!

  24. Christine posted 10/02/2011

    My favorite apple is "pippin"……good for baking? I dont know…..cant resist eating. Use Granny Smith for baking. Gotta have this book!

  25. becca posted 10/03/2011

    I can't think of anything better than an Apple Lover's Cookbook.

  26. Linda posted 10/03/2011

    I only get to pick one, huh? I guess I'll go with Gala.

  27. mikagirl posted 10/03/2011

    Honeycrisp!! They're great for baking and taste great on their own as well

  28. Jessica C posted 10/03/2011

    Hmmmm I love them all!!!

  29. Jennifer D. posted 10/03/2011

    I really want one of those wrapples! I love gala apples!

  30. dauphin posted 10/03/2011


  31. Doreen posted 10/03/2011

    Gala. Or maybe Fuji. :)