BooksNew & NowBakingThe PigletThe 2017 Piglet

The Baking Book That'll Have You Skipping to the Farmers Market

3 Save

If you like it, save it!

Save and organize all of the stuff you love in one place.

Got it!

If you like something…

Click the heart, it's called favoriting. Favorite the stuff you like.

Got it!

If you hang around here or Instagram, you probably already know that Yossy Arefi, the baker-stylist-photographer behind Apt. 2B Baking Co. and a sometime Food52 baking contributor, takes really gorgeous photos of homey, rustic baked goods you want to snatch right out of the photo.

Photo by Bobbi Lin

So it's no surprise that our community cookbook reviewers raved about the photographs of right-off-the-vine produce, and the baked goods that use them all up, in her first book, Sweeter Off the Vine—a 2017 Piglet Community Pick!

Advertisement
Behind the Scenes of Yossy Arefi's New Cookbook (+ Preserved Lemon Ice Cream)

Behind the Scenes of Yossy Arefi's New Cookbook (+ Preser... by Sarah Jampel

+
Sweeter off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season, Signed Copy

Sweeter off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season, Si...

$24

But there are some other details of Yossy's book that maybe aren't as attention-hogging as ripe, juicy fruit, but that make her book stand out.

First, it's that Yossy is not just great at rustic desserts, but she also can teach us a lot about more complex pastry techniques. She has "killer pastry technique" and "gives detailed instructions and photos to demystify the processes," including pâte à choux and pie pastry.

Cassidy said "Someone with any level of expertise could make any of these recipes, but you definitely need to be patient! I haven't made everything in this book yet, but everything I have made has been incredible, if time consuming. If you carefully mise everything and follow Yossy's well laid out directions, you can also do what she does so well."

Advertisement
Meyer Lemon Eclairs
Meyer Lemon Eclairs

But don't expect your usual apple pie or any old croissant; Yossy blends alternative flours, spices, and fruit with ease. "I love that Yossy includes less-common flours (buckwheat and rye) and produce (rhubarb, rangpur limes, persimmons, cranberries, lemon verbena, preserved lemon, concord grapes, figs, and many more)," Alanna writes. Don't worry, though, if these ingredients are hard for you to find: She "often gives easy swaps at the end of the recipe in case you can't find the fruit the original calls for!"

In terms of standout recipes, Cassidy picked the Cherry and Poppy Seed Yogurt Cake and the Grapefruit and Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake—"both huge crowd-pleasers, picturesque/Instagram-ready, and fun to make, though neither were quick recipes. The pies are incredible, but you may want to make those second."

Community reviewer Jessica Lehrman loved the Blood Orange Old-Fashioned Donuts "because they are the perfect combination of tart and sweet."

Alanna also called out the Browned Butter Date Blondies "because you probably have the ingredients in your cupboard right now. Also they are to-die-for delicious."

Photo by Bobbi Lin

2017's roster of Piglet Community Picks were chosen by an open call to our community; the reviews you see here are from some of the folks who voted these books into the tournament. To see other Piglet Community Picks reviews, head here.

Signed copies of Sweeter Off the Vine are available in The Food52 Shop.

The Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks is Here!

Tags: 2017 Piglet Community Picks