“The Yakima Valley, where I currently live, is springing into color. The beige hills transformed to green, eagerly echoing the endless rows of carefully planted fruit trees just starting to bloom. As I wait for cherries, peaches, apples, peppers and tomatoes to appear at the produce stands, I seek refuge in Cheryl Sternman Rule’s cookbook, Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables. Ripe is a visual tribute to your local market. A cookbook arranged by color, it persuades you to patiently seek out the reddest of cherries and the orangest persimmons. Rule empowers the average cook to bravely use new ingredients in their freshest state. Simple recipes, tips for evaluating ripeness, preparation advice and information about different varieties of each ingredient are neatly nestled between quirky stories. Rule’s quips and Paulette Phlipot’s sensational photos made my mouth water as I laughed out loud. Ripe is certainly eye-candy, and its content will satisfy your eyes as well as your belly!”—Tiffany, Inklings Bookshop, Yakima, WA. Buy Ripe from your local indie.