256 pages, 90 colour illustrations
Ninety North American apples, described in words and identified in the author's beautiful and precise watercolors.
In this charming and informative book, Roger Yepsen explores the world of apples throughout history and in the present. Each featured apple is remarkably distinctive in taste, texture, aroma, and appearance. They range from the unusual, like the Knobbed Russet and Hubbardston Nonesuch, to apples everyone has tasted such as Red Delicious and Granny Smith.
Also included are recipes for making everything from apple leather to apple brandy, as well as pies, sauces, ciders, and wines; sources for ordering apples, trees, cider, wine, or supplies; and tips on creating and growing new varieties.
"[A] handsomely produced volume [...] [Yepsen's] watercolors are as appealing as old botanical prints, his descriptions as crisp and lively as a Newtown Pippin."
– American Heritage, Editors' Choice
"An elegant and compact new book [...] Each [variety] is artfully illustrated and lovingly described, leaving the reader yearning for so much more than the common supermarket varieties [...] [A] delightful book."
– Chicago Tribune
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In addition to growing apples on his farm, Roger Yepsen is a freelance artist and writer. He lives in Barto, Pennsylvania.