Testimonials

“I have been lucky enough to spend time with Helene Beck, wandering her stunning gardens, exploring the acres of vigorous citrus groves, perusing her massive library of cookbooks, roasting and simmering in her kitchen, and, most memorably, feasting at her table. She made a Fuyu Persimmon and Blood Orange Roulade with Candied Orange Filling (Page 47!) that I will never forget. I cut into citrus and tropical fruits I’d never had before, and my horizons broadened. Visiting Beck Grove was one of the great joys of my life. If you can’t make it there, you can still taste Helene’s passion through the beautifully crafted recipes in this book.”
—Rick Bayless, Chef/Owner of Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/Xoco Chicago and Host of PBS’s Mexico — One Plate at a Time

“Helene Beck is the Goddess of the Grove — dedicating her botanical pursuits to the three most unsung heroes of today’s kitchen — kumquats, persimmons, and blood oranges. Thanks to Helene’s book Jewels From My Grove, this holy trinity of delectable fruits have risen to the prominence they deserve in our home kitchens. The recipes are not only delicious and approachable, but they unlock the mystery of cooking with exotic produce. With every turn of the page you will say, Wow, I have to make this one! So, if you want to fall in love with persimmons, make kumquats your new favorite citrus, and vow to add blood oranges to your repertoire, this book is for you!!”
—Ron Oliver, Award-Winning Author and Chef de Cuisine of La Jolla’s The Marine Room

“For more than 30 years, Helene has been delighting chefs with the most amazing torrent of golden fruit from Beck Grove. We couldn’t wait for fall and finally getting to play with the bounty of succulent organic persimmons, kumquats (who doesn’t love kumquats?), and astonishing blood oranges. Her original and inventive recipes will send you running to the farmer’s market and then to the kitchen!”
—Deborah M. Schneider, Author and Executive Chef/Partner of SOL Mexican Cocina and solita Tacos & Margaritas

“In 1994, Helene and Robert Beck converted a neglected avocado ranch in San Diego’s fertile North County into a 25-acre grove planted with fifteen different fruit crops. In doing so, they conformed to exacting biodynamic guidelines that view a farm as a living organism. This stunning cookbook is filled with luminous photography as well as mouthwatering recipes that beautifully reflect the results. This is indeed a jewel for your cookbook shelf!”
—Kitty Morse, Author of Edible Flowers: A Kitchen Companion and The California Farm Cookbook

“After reading Helene’s book, I realize how little many of us may know about these ‘mysterious’ fruits and how much they have to offer! More than just a cookbook, Jewels From My Grove is an informative, compelling, and beautifully illustrated guide to preparing sweet and savory dishes with these amazing fruits. Don’t be intimidated…start discovering!”
—Ingrid Croce, Owner of Croce’s Park West and Author of Photographs and Memories

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