"When the first apples of the season--Ida Red and Paula Red, Twenty Ounce, McIntosh, and Ginger Gold--show up in the city markets, it's time to take out the big pot and make applesauce. Eden Lispon's lovingly recounted description of a family's applesauce-making ritual describes the buying, peeling, cooking and stirring; the wait for the sauce to cool and the first taste. Mordicai Gerstein's paintings are full of the colors and flavors of the season: red apples, orange leaves, blue skies. Here's a lovely picture book celebrating an American family tradition."
C and I discovered this sweet book a few weeks ago on a trip to the local library. I spotted it on the autumn display thinking that it would most likely be one of those books that I love more than C does. But in the end it was quite the opposite. Since we read it, C has been thoroughly excited to celebrate an Applesauce Season of our own.
In this book we discovered a fun little tradition that we shared along with the author, names of apples that we had never heard before and the deliciousness that is applesauce and cottage cheese in a bowl together. It is my new favourite treat.
We cooked up a batch of our own, making it the way I remember my father making it when I was young and also, my preferred consistency when it comes to applesauce: chunky. We peeled and cored the apples, as opposed to using a food mill like the author and were equally, if not more pleased with the delicious results.
Our sauce included: Macintosh, Sunrise, Silken, Honeycrisp, Pink Cripps. According to Grandma (in the story) you need at least 3 different types of apples in a batch for 'real flavour'.
This really is a great little story. I loved especially the amount of detail told in a small enough story for little ones to keep their interest. The fact that as some apples come into season and others go out until they stop making applesauce and just eat apples was a simple part of the story (unlike how I just described it) shows just how wonderfully beautiful, modern and traditional this story is all in one.
Stay tuned for Hot Chocolate Season, coming up in the winter and again something in the Spring (unfortunately I can't remember what Spring was except that it definitely was NOT edible.)