Here are almost 100 recipes celebrating the sweet and subtle peach, the embodiment of southern charm. Peaches are featured in savory appetizers and entrees, classic and innovative desserts, alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, and condiments like salsas, ketchups, jellies and jams. The recipes evoke tastes of the past - like peach cobbler or peach ice cream - but appear in tandem with more dramatic/unexpected recipes from chefs in peach-growing regions, including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. As many as 28 U.S. states are estimated to grow peaches commercially - but the South is the area most romantically associated with the divine fruit. Chapters include an introduction to The Joy of Peaches, an overview of the fruit's origins and history, a look at its nutritional value and other bits of chemistry, and a recounting of the author's Peach Pilgrimage: his summer spent in pursuit of peaches across the South, from Texas to the Carolinas. He interviews growers and chefs in each region, weaving their quotes into background of lively storytelling and personal anecdote. DeMers shares a wealth of peach photos, from peach-in-basket beauty shots to work shots of farmers on ladders picking, to peach dishes being served. Trucks, tractors, containers, grocery shelves
all aspects of the peach business are reflected in his accompanying photo essay. In addition to photos from DeMers gorgeous food photos by Shannon O'Hara, (Energy Cuisine) bring the recipes to life.
John DeMers divides his time among Houston, Austin and Marfa. He is the author of more than forty published books - many about food, wine and travel, plus the West Texas Noir series that includes the Chef Brett mysteries starting with Marfa Shadows. When not spinning yarns set in his favorite corner of the Lone Star State, John hosts the Delicious Mischief food and wine radio program on NewsRadio 740 KTRH in Houston and Talk 1370 in Austin. He is a regular contributor to Houston and Prime Living magazines, as well as to Houston ArtsWeek. His other works for Bright Press include the new Lone Star Chefs and the iconic Follow the Smoke: 14,783 Miles of Great Texas Barbecue.