I couldn't resist this book... I love fruit desserts, I love Deborah Madison. I certainly don't NEED it. If you have her other books, you will recognize variations on familiar recipes. There are also some intriguing new recipes though--like Pomegrante Gelee with Saffron Cream and Pistachos. That's next on my list to make. In addition to fruit dessert recipes and essays (love essays?) on different fruit varieties, there are recipes for things that taste good with fruit desserts: cakes, cookies, puddings, creams. One nice feature is the range of desserts using dried fruit, which is particularly nice in the winter when one wearies of citrus... It can be a long time 'til April and those first strawberries. If I had infinite time and burned infinite calories, I'd make something from this every night.
I always enjoyed cookbooks written by Deborah Madison. Her recipes are very easy, especially making the most of local farmers markets. Chocked full of useful information the introduction should not be missed. I'm going to love making my way through this cookbook.