Avocado with Olive Oil, Lime Juice and Salt {simple things}

Avocado Olive Oil Lime Juice Salt
When the cookbook Ripe arrived on our doorstep a few weeks ago for us to review, it was, of course, automatically endeared to us because its author, Cheryl Sternman Rule, has been a contributing member of the TasteSpotting community for years with her blog 5SecondRule

And once we opened Ripe, we fell in love, of course, with the format. The book is organized, not by course, not by season, but in a way that someone with an eye for aesthetics might layout a book, by color.

Is that something new in cookbooks? Innovative? Not necessarily, because we have seen a few books (and even our own Eating Rainbow series?!) focused on color, but from a very narrow, “colorful fruits and vegetables are healthy!” viewpoint. Ripe doesn’t do that — sure the message of health and nutrition is implicit there — the book just honors the delicious beauty of fruits and vegetables through their colors.

But perhaps the “thing” that really put us over for this cookbook is not one of the things that people usually fall all over themselves for. Paulette’s photos are bright. Cheryl’s words, true to her style, are gentle, funny, poetic. The recipes, one recipe per fruit or vegetable, are interesting and not-too-complicated. No, the “thing” that we have attached ourselves to is the small list at the beginning of each recipe of “Simple Uses for …” ; each fruit or vegetable combined with nothing more than a three or four other ingredients.

Red raspberries with vinegar, olive oil and shallots for a dressing. Orange carrots with butter, maple syrup and coriander for a simple sauté. Yellow corn, roasted, with jack cheese, red pepper, salsa, and tortillas for a quesadilla.

And a suggestion we more than considered today, green avocado with olive oil, lime juice and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

As we sat at the table scooping out the avocado straight from its peel with a small spoon, I flipped through the pages of Ripe for like, the 100th time. And then I realized, even with full recipes for thing like Chocolate-flecked Banana Pancakes, Warm Fava Couscous, and Wine Braised Artichokes with Feta and Orecchiette Pasta, Ripe is not really a cookbook. (I mean, it is, but…)

It is an inspirationbook. A foodbook. An eatbook.

by Sarah J. Gim on April 25, 2012 · 17 comments

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

sarahem April 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

That is exactly how I love to eat avocado.


Connie Kurtew April 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Love that! Yummy, makes me want to eat one right now!


Mimi Avocado April 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Beautiful photo! Makes me want to see the whole book!


Lauren Golanty April 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm

My go-to is the above pic, plus toasted pinenuts. HEAV.


Sarah J. Gim April 25, 2012 at 3:56 pm

oh, lauren, THANK YOU for the inspiration to add nuts! next time i’m going to add toasted walnuts…

kathy ackerman April 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I loooove avocados! And that looks wonderful!


CarolQ April 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I have two avocados in the refrigerator right not waiting for a salad to manifest itself (they were ripe two days ago but no greens for it ~ alas!).


CarolQ April 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

er, that is ‘now’ not ‘not’ ~ sorry


K April 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm

love avocadoes like that!!
lemon or lime ‘s great! crackedpeppercornstoo!


Andrea Zeng April 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

This sounds like an amazing combo!


Amy Branson April 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Woot, I just bought 2 lovely avacadoes today at the store!


LP @dishclips April 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I am all about fusion and looking out for the newest thing, but nothing beats simple and fuss free. Great pic!


Kathleen April 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Simple is so ……uncluttered!! Can’t wait to try this!


Steven April 27, 2012 at 6:45 am

Looks like simplicity at its finest!


Inger April 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Just want I needed….a quick dinner! Thanks and yummmmm


SSSV April 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I just got my copy of Ripe today and I have to tell you how gorgeous it is! A must for every foodie!


Cheryl May 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

Sarah, thank you so much for this flattering write-up, and your avocado picture is stunning. (No surprise there.)

I’m so glad you’re enjoying our book. I think inspirationbook/eatbook/foodbook are my three new favorite words.


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