Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes—A Delightful New Cookbook

Berries Cookbook by Eliza CrossOh, berries! I love them, especially at this time of year, at the height of their season and their flavorful best. And with the help of Eliza Cross’s new cookbook, Berries: Sweet & Savory Recipes, I’ll be making all sorts of wonderful things with this summer’s luscious berries!

This beautiful cookbook is full of recipes featuring berries of all varieties and forms, from the first strawberries of spring through the vibrant blueberries of summer, the tart cranberries of autumn, and the frozen and dried berries of winter. Honestly, I am very happy to have Berries in my kitchen, and I know I’ll be turning to it all year round.

Berries Cookbook by Eliza Cross

As I first flipped through the cookbook’s pages, I was delighted by the mouth-watering photographs. I was also impressed by the breadth of the recipes, which include both standard and unusual ways to use berries. Perhaps the best way I can convey this is to simply list the chapters and share a couple of recipes from each:

• Beverages & Sweets: Strawberry-Mint Lemonade; Blueberry Cheesecake Fudge
• Jams, Preserves & Sauces: Jumbleberry Jam; Homemade Blueberry Pancake Syrup
• Muffins, Breads & Pastries: Dutch Raspberry-Lemon Muffins; Blackberry Buttermilk Cornbread
• Salads & Starters: Strawberry Chicken Salad; Cranberry-Glazed Meatballs
• Main Courses: Sticky Raspberry Barbecued Spare Ribs; Boysenberry-Ginger Glazed Salmon
• Cakes & Cookies: Blueberry Swirl Pound Cake; Blackberry Lemon Bars
• Pies & Tarts: Strawberry Margarita Pie; Rustic Mixed Berry Tart
• Desserts: Sweet Berry Tiramisu; Raspberry-Peach Granola Crisp

Berries Cookbook by Eliza Cross

Did you see at least a few recipes there that you want to make (or eat, if you’re not the cook in the house)? I know I did! And that’s just a sampling of the drinks, meals, and treats in this lovely cookbook.

Within days of receiving Berries, I made two recipes, Strawberries and Cream Muffins (page 40) and Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies (page 90). So good! Both recipes are well written and easy to follow, and the results are fabulous. As written, the muffin recipe makes 16 to 18 muffins, but with just two of us in the house, I halved the recipe and still got 11 full-size muffins from the batch. The cookies are a delicious twist on oatmeal cookies, using dried cranberries and white chocolate morsels, and my husband loves them. I know I’ll be making both recipes again, hopefully soon, not to mention all the others I’ve got bookmarked to try!

Strawberries and Cream Muffins

With Berries, Eliza Cross has instantly become one of my favorite cookbook authors. One of her previous cookbooks, Pumpkin It Up!, was reviewed here at The Classy Chics last year. Her other books include 101 Things to Do with Bacon, 101 Things to Do with Beer, Small Bites, and The Quinoa Quookbook. You might also enjoy browsing the recipes and other interesting posts at her blog, Happy Simple Living.

Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes is published by Gibbs Smith, which also published several other of Eliza Cross’s cookbooks. For more information and to check out their wide variety of genres and books, visit their website.

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  1. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    My favorite is blueberries. I love to make muffins and pancakes with them.

  2. Daniel M says:

    blueberries in pancakes

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  6. Angela Saver says:

    My favorite is blueberries! I love to make blueberry muffins!!

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  9. Stephanie says:

    Strawberries are my favorite and I love to make homemade cheesecake with fresh strawberries on top.

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  13. Cathy Jarolin says:

    My Favorite berry is a Strawberry..I I would love to make a Delicious Yellow cake with the Strawberry filling. Then put some nice strawberries on the top of the whipped cream frosting..

  14. I like blueberries! Blueberry muffins are my favorite!

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  16. Susan Hartman says:

    Rasbery is my favorite berry. I use a;; kinds of berries in my steel cut oatmeal.

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  18. I love strawberries. My favorite recipes are strawberry muffins, strawberries and cream cake and strawberry streusel bars.

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  21. Wanda McHenry says:

    Blackberries are my favorite berry. I make so many yummy things with berries such as breads, sheet cakes, short cakes, cookies, layer cakes and so much more!

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  23. Julie Lundstrom says:

    I like cooking with Strawberries the best. Strawberry shortcake is my favorite recipe.

  24. Sylvana says:

    I love blueberries! I like to make blueberry muffins and pancakes for my husband and son!

  25. Kristen says:

    My favorite are fresh, ripe strawberries. I like to make strawberry cheese pie…yum!

  26. Kris I. says:

    I love strawberries and I love making strawberry shortcake!

  27. Terry Griffin Pearson says:

    OooOoo Anything with berries has to be delicious! My favorite is a toss up between blackberries and strawberries. Perhaps I could meld them together and make a Strackberry 🙂

  28. Hilary Ayers-Kurtz says:

    I love using all sorts of berries in recipes, but my all time favorite is blueberry pie. If it’s not that, then I’m topping meringue with fresh whipped cream and a berry compote!

  29. Love strawberries straight from the field! My mom makes the best strawberry pie, and No matter how hard I try, I cant replicate it.

  30. Blueberries. Usually only eat them plain so I’m always looking for any inspiration to incorporate.

  31. Laura S says:

    Raspberries are my favorite and I love making mixed berry pies!

  32. Patricia says:

    I love raspberries. I enjoy making freezer jam with them.

  33. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    Cherries are my favorite fruit followed by strawberries and then blueberries.

  34. Margot C says:

    I adore blueberries, I make a terriful blueberry jam.

  35. heather says:

    I so love blackberries. I love to have blackberry cobbler or even blackberries on vanilla ice cream during the summer months.

  36. vera wilson says:

    Strawberries. I like to make a strawberry whipcream cake. Also make homemade ice cream with some of the berries when in season.

  37. Blueberries are my favorite but I like them all. I enjoy making muffins with fresh blueberries and raspberries.

  38. Kimmy Ripley says:

    My favorite is raspberry and I like to make a triple berry panna cotta.