Tammy Donroe Inman is a Boston-area writer, cook, mother of two, obsessive blogger, pseudo-photographer, mushroom grower, cryptogram lover, and vagabond public school teacher. She’s been called other things, too.
A graduate of Tufts University and the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Inman sharpened her knives in the test kitchen of Cook’s Illustrated magazine and its public television spin-off America’s Test Kitchen. She then worked as a writer and editor for Boston Magazine before trying her luck as a freelancer. Her humorous food blog, Food on the Food, receives close to a quarter million hits each year, and has been praised by The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Edible Boston, and Saveur.com. In 2012, it was ranked #10 Best Food Blog and #5 Most Fun to Read by Disney’s Babble.com. Inman has also written for Yankee Magazine, Tufts Magazine, Home & Garden, New England Travel & Life, Elegant Wedding, Cape Cod Life, Culinate, BlogHer, Serious Eats, and the book anthology Primal Picnics. is her first cookbook.
Who says the winter months have to be bleak and barren? Author Tammy Donroe sees this season as an opportunity to stay inside, fire up the oven, and produce decadent desserts from the bounty of wholesome winter ingredients: squashes and pumpkins, parsnips and carrots, apples, pears, citrus of all types, and feel-good ingredients like nuts, cheese, and chocolate. November to March seems sunnier already.
The fresh and rustic recipes in Wintersweet push the envelope of traditional winter desserts like pumpkin or apple pies with more unusual seasonal offerings like Pear Cranberry Clafouti, Spicy Prune Cake with Penuche Frosting, Tangelo Sorbet, and Goat Cheese Cake with Dried Cherry Compote. Each chapter is devoted to the season’s best, often-overlooked ingredients, and explores puddings, ice creams, cakes, cookies, crisps, and pies. They taste even better when they feature naturally grown produce found near your own backyard. Perfect for holiday gatherings or to warm the belly on a cold night, Wintersweet is the perfect dessert companion for the year’s coldest season, making life festive and bright.
“Inman gives new meaning to shelter from the storm. This enticing cookbook grew out of her desire to spend cold winter days next to a hot stove. The result is a collection of recipes for real people using readily available ingredients in their home kitchens. Sometimes basic and familiar, like Apple Cider Doughnuts—sometimes slightly exotic, like Chocolate Pomegranate Pavlova—sometimes elegant, like Salted Dark Chocolate Tart with Pistachios, Wintersweet will provide many happy afternoons in the kitchen.”
— Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight