From the moment the first mouthwatering Elberta variety was grafted in the 1870s, the peach has been an icon of summertime and a powerful symbol of the South’s bounty. “Peaches” showcases the sweet richness of this fruit, which ripens in July across North Carolina. Native Atlantan and award-winning food writer Kelly Alexander explores the fruit’s history, offers advice for selecting, storing and cooking, and reflects on the place of peaches in southern identity.
“Peaches” includes 45 recipes ranging from classic desserts to internationally inspired preparations. With desserts coming first, recipes range from The Best Peach Ice Cream and Roasted Peach-Basil Chicken to Pickled Peaches and Peach Clafoutis. “Peaches” is part of the Savor the South cookbook series that includes explorations of okra, tomatoes, buttermilk and pecans. Hardcover, 104 pages, $18; e-book $17.99.