I love working with citrus fruits, which are generally in season in the winter and spring, but are typically available all year round. Their bright, sweet-tart flavors (some, like limes, are more tart than others!) can add a lovely accent to a dish as a background flavor or take center stage as the star of the show. In Citrus: Sweet and Savory Sun-Kissed Recipes, citrus is definitely the star and you’ll find dozens of recipes that show off some wonderful ways to use it.
The chapters in the book are divided by citrus type: Lemon, Lime, Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, and The Rest. The five most commonly used citrus fruits get a much larger share of recipe space than “the rest” do, which makes sense when you consider that they are also the fruits that they are the citrus fruits that just about everyone has easy access to. Kumquat and yuzu are no less delicious, but are simply less common. It’s nice to see that they still are included. While the photo on the front of the book might lead you to believe that these recipes are all sweet, the book actually includes both sweet and savory recipes, as well as a few cocktails. You’ll also find recipes for “pantry staples,” basic recipes that can be used in a wide variety of applications, such as citrus salt and candied citrus peel.
The recipes are complimented by gorgeous photos. Not every recipe is photographed, but those that are included make the included dishes look just about irresistible. While this book isn’t the most comprehensive guide to citrus out there, the dishes it offers are very creative and it gives you a wide array to choose from that spans every meal from breakfast to dessert. Citrus fans are sure to find a flavor combination (or three) that they haven’t tried yet and will be reminded just how versatile and delicious all those citrus fruits can be.