Russell Steven Powell’s Apples of New England: A User’s Guide is a beautiful book with photography by Bar Lois Weeks. It will guide you through the history of the region’s apples, including the contributions of the “fathers” of apples in the United States, John Chapman (“Johnny Appleseed”) and Henry David Thoreau, both born in eastern Massachusetts. Russell Steven Powell, who has also written America’s Apples and is the head of the New England Apple Growers Association, also teaches the reader how to identify more than 200 types of apples native to, grown in, and sold in New England. Each type of apple is also given a full account, including flavor and texture, history, ripening time, storage quality, and best use.
Find The Recoder’s Tinky Weisblatt’s review of Apples of New England here.
And here’s a holiday tip: bring hard apple cider to your next holiday party! Woodchuck Hard Cider, a New England staple since 1991, would be a great choice. Its handcrafted cider made in Vermont comes in several varieties, including Winter Chill, whose vanilla and oaky flavors would pair perfectly with warm and cozy holiday dishes.
Apples of New England: A User’s Guide was published by The Countryman Press in September 2014, and can be bought for $22.95 on www.countrymanpress.com, or at bookstores and online retailers.