by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson
(Ten Speed Press, $22)
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but I took one look at the luscious cobbler on the front of this slim volume and pretty much made up my mind. Happily, my intuition was spot on. This book is a pleasure.
The authors—two of Portland, Oregon’s, most beloved chefs—deliver 70 unfussy recipes for good old-fashioned desserts. Most of them you’ll want to devour promptly, but at the height of summer, when you’ve got fresh fruit up to your ears, the authors suggest keeping unbaked crisp or crumble toppings on hand in your freezer—then just bring home the fruit, and dessert is a snap.