Nigel Slater, Britain’s foremost food writer, takes a turn in the garden in his passionate guide to fruit, Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard (Ten Speed Press, 2012). Equal parts cookbook and primer on produce and gardening, Slater explores 23 types of fruit and offers up a stunning array of tempting recipes for each. Here are three of our plumy picks.
A single crust pie is a perfect way to showcase ripe, juicy plums.
Star anise, cloves and chopped ginger are cooked into a sweet syrup for poaching plums.
This sweet plum tart will redefine your image of classic summertime crumbles.
Recipes reprinted with permission from Nigel Slater’s Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard (Ten Speed Press, 2012).