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Blueberry Love

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Blueberries are one of the very small handful of fruits I can eat, so I was eager to read this, even knowing I wouldn't be able to make most of the recipes because of other food conflicts.

The recipes look easy for even beginning bakers, and the steps were clear. Full-color photos helped. Some of the recipes were a little atypical or odd but interesting. There were two or three that I wrote down, which I think I can adapt for my limitations.

There were some problems with formatting (paragraphs in the wrong place, ingredients-instructions out of order) but hopefully that was just a file program with the ARC. Assuming those problems are fixed, this is an optional purchase for libraries.
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Ah! All things blueberry. This delicious little fruit bursting with flavor gets all the attention it deserves.  Helpful descriptions of different varieties and some great storing and cooking tips. The recipes are mouthwatering with vivid pictures included. The combination of sweet and savory has me excited to try out so many new dishes. There are even homemade beverages that are simple to make but full of flavor. I am super excited about this new addition to my kitchen booklist. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley and all opinions expressed are my own, freely given.
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I just LOVE this "Blueberry Love" cookbook!  Typically, when reviewing a new cookbook, I might find a handful of recipes I might like to try.  But honestly, I want to try nearly every recipe in this book.  I think that's partly because nearly every recipe is accompanied by a mouth-watering photo of the dish.  But also, it's because I love blueberries and grow them.  Just a sampling of the variety of recipes:  Wild Blueberry Horseradish Bleu Cheese Spread, Salmon with Blueberry Onion Jam Glaze, Sauteed Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Balsamic Mustard Glaze, and Blueberry-Lemon-Basil Granita.  This, in addition to more traditional recipes for cobbler, coffee cake, and pies!  I'm definitely going to buy this book!
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This cookbook is entirely dedicated to the blueberry. The author uses the fruit in a number of ways. The recipes are well set out and easy to follow and I would recommend this to anyone who likes blueberries!
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One of my favorite fruits is the beautiful blueberry. I will eat it in any form. I yearn to go to Maine during blueberry season, pick them till I can't lift the pails (or my arms!), and then stuff my luggage with as much as I can. This recipe book was written for me. Gorgeous photography, mouth-watering recipes! I want to make them all. Really. I must make them all. I will make them all. Incidentals I loved about this book: the author fearlessly tells people not to worry, unless the recipe says otherwise, frozen berries will work, and she also used a hand mixer (so many recipes assume we all live in houses with miles of counter space for all the gadgets, including a stand mixer. I live in a 70+-year-old house with about 2 feet of counter space.). And she may have found the one reason on the planet I can think of for using an instant pot. If you love baking desserts, or love blueberries and are looking for some salad and chicken recipes that incorporate this small but mighty deliciousness, you will love this book. Highly recommended.
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The recipes in this cookbook look amazing. I can't wait to try them all. I love that there were sweet and savory recipes. I also loved the cocktail ideas!
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An amazing array of recipes that I cannot wait to try out. I am most looking for ward to trying some of the drink recipes (mainly the alcoholic ones!!) Beautiful photographs throughout made me feel hungry. Many thanks to Netgalley and publishers for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!
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Blueberries are my favorite fruit and I and super excited about trying out recipes for this superfood! The 46 recipes are easy and look amazing! Graubert shares tips for cooking, selecting and storing. The recipes are not just desserts or pastries - there's plenty to try for breakfast, salads, sides, lunch and dinner. My favorite drink recipe is the Blueberry, Bourbon and Mint Muddle! Thanks to Cynthia Graubart, Storey Publishing, and #NetGalley for a sneak peek! I am definitely adding this to my kitchen once it's published in April 2021!
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My three year old daughter is in love with blueberries (one of the only foods she will never say no to) so I was very excited for a whole cookbook filled with ideas on how to incorporate blueberries into dishes - both sweet and savory and I wasn't disappointed! I can't wait to try some of these yummy recipes out!
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Mmmm, blueberries! The book begins with tips on berry picking and storage and then the recipes begin. While I would personally need to make some adjustments to eliminate the animal products called for (some aren't possible to veganize but others would be easy to adjust), I found several recipes I'd love to try. The accompanying photos are beautifully shot and certainly add to the appeal of the recipes. Recipes cover a wide range, from beverages (both alcoholic and non) to desserts to main dishes. There's sure to be something here to suit every blueberry lover!

Thank you to Storey Publishing, LLC and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.
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As you may be able to guess, Blueberry Love is a recipe book centred around blueberries. Unlike my favourite raspberries and blackberries, which I will happily eat on their own, I tend to only like blueberries in other things. I thought this book would be a good chance to expand my blueberry-recipe horizons, and I was right!

The introduction began with a brief bit of history, and I learned that a species of blueberries (Wild Maine blueberries) is one of the few fruits native to North America. The introduction also included some helpful information like how to choose blueberries, how to store them and how to use different types (frozen, fresh and wild).

We are then given some basic baking tips, like methods and equipment to use, before we get into the recipes, organised into four sections by meal type (e.g. breakfast, dessert). However, there were no title pages to delineate the sections like most cookbooks have, so it took me a while to remember the recipes were organised in this way.

My only qualm is I was turned off by the brief 'superfood' talk, which tends to be used not by nutritional experts but instead by people trying to sell you something. How exactly do blueberries 'promote weight loss' as this book says? Whether or not it's true, and even if it's only briefly mentioned, I don't appreciate a book about food being flippant, making these weighty claims without anything to back it up other than it's 'considered [to be so] by many'. It's misguided at best and harmful at worst. 

All in all, this is a good book of recipes with lovely pictures, and I can't wait until next summer to try the blueberry-lavender lemonade!
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This book is amazing!! I love blueberries and now through this book, I can add it all of my meals. To begin with, this book starts with tips to cook with blueberries which was incredibly helpful. In my experience, it isn’t exactly easy to cook with blueberries so this book was very helpful because the tips were great. I made the blueberry pie by using the recipe given in the book and it turned out to be great. I highly recommend this book!!
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and give an honest review of this book.

This little cookbook of blueberry recipes looked inviting. Who doesn’t like blueberries?
They just shout “summer” to me. During the summer when they are plentiful and relatively inexpensive, I tend to hoard them away in the freezer. This cookbook is perfect for summer or winter baking of blueberry treats.

The photos of the recipes were bright and tempting. They illustrated the recipes perfectly. I am especially anxious to try the blueberry pecan bread and the blueberry coffeecake. The recipes do not appear too complicated. They do not require unusual or hard to find ingredients. Thus, you can take this book off the shelf in your cookbook library and get busy baking.
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I love blueberries.  I have them with my breakfast most days.  I was drawn to this book because I had a pack of frozen blueberries and couldn’t decide what to do with them.  There is a very good range of recipes from savoury to dessert to vodka!  I struggle somewhat with the concept / combination of blueberries with meat.  Grilled Turkey and Cheese with Blueberry-Onion Jam is unappealing to me but I suspect that’s more to do with US/UK differences in taste.  This is, I know, written for the US market hence all measurements are in cups which means multiple calculations into fluid, volume and weight ounces, and there are ingredients, such as wild Maine blueberries, that are unobtainable here.  Having said that, it didn’t stop me making the (very easy) cobbler for pudding last night and it went down very well - and very quickly!
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Another great recipe book from Cynthia, very clearly written and an easy format to follow for each recipe. There are so many amazing recipes in this book I can’t wait to work my way through them all.
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Blueberry picking memories from childhood can be as delicious as the berries themselves.  Our parents diligently watched out for bears while our faces stained bluer and bluer.  What could be better than immersing yourself in nature, harvesting wild berries with your family and enjoying the fruit (what is left!) in recipes later?

The author captures late summer in her rustic and simple blueberry recipes and tips.  You will find a nice range of ideas from beverages to pancakes to salads to cakes to scones to salsa to gluten free muffins.  The beautiful photography made me hungry!

As an adventurous cook and baker I am always seeking novel inspiration for the unique and was happy to see additions to add to my list such as Blueberry-Lavender Lemonade and  Blueberry Shrub.  For some odd reason I've not made Blueberry Butter but will now...a lovely idea!  

Keep in mind these recipes will appeal most to basic cooks as they are not challenging and the ingredients are easy to find.  Absent are recipes pairing wild blueberries with wild game and game birds but the savoury recipes here can easily be used with elk, venison, duck, pheasant, etc.  That's what's so great about cookbooks...finding your own inspiration.

Thankfully we have blueberries in the freezer...what to make first?  I think it will be the butter.

My sincere thank you to Storey Publishing for the an ARC of this delightful book in exchange for an honest review.  Much appreciated.
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Cynthia Graubart dedicates an entire book to making a single fruit the centerpiece of recipes. It is amazing. From Scones to Lemonade, there is something for everyone to try.
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Cynthia Graubart, I did not think I could love blueberries more than strawberries, hence your cookbook an ode to blueberries has PROVEN ME WRONG! 

Some interesting recipes that I noted were the warm chicken blueberry salad and the blueberry blue cheese spread. I cannot wait to male these for get togethers at my house with family. But i think tge very first recipe out of this that inwould try would be the Salmon with the blueberry onion jam glaze. I saw the jam in another recipe as well and had to go back thru to find it. The only criticism I would give is that since the jam (blueberry onion) is contained in more than one recipe I would have liked to have seen it as a stand alone recipe on a seperate page. Other than that, this is a stunner of a cookbook! Photographs are plenty and I love having the recipes illustrated with detail. Love this cookbook especially. 

Ive already got a few people in mind for gifts of this!

Thank you to NetGalley for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This book is GORGEOUS! I love blueberries and often use them in baking. The recipes include well known blueberry combinations and recipes, blueberry and lemon, blueberry cheesecake but lots of new ideas I’d never considered but can’t wait to try! 
The photos are wonderful and each recipe  has at least one photo of the end result which I love, I hate it when recipe books don’t have enough photos. 
I’d really recommend this book to blueberry fans, both bakers and cooks. I’m going to make a blueberry pie this afternoon and can’t wait to try some of the other recipes.
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I love blueberry anything and knowing there’s a specific science to making the perfect blueberry dessert is mind blowing. Thank you so much netgalley, I never knew I needed this cool book so much!!
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