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Saving the Season : A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving
by Kevin West

Overview - One of "The Atlantic"'s Best Food Books of the Year
A "Los Angeles Times" Holiday Gift-Giving Pick
An Amazon Best Cookbook & Food Writing Book of the Year
Strawberry jam. Pickled beets. Homegrown tomatoes. These are the tastes of Kevin West's Southern childhood, and they are the tastes that inspired him to "save the season," as he traveled from the citrus groves of Southern California to the cranberry bogs of Massachusetts and everywhere in between, chronicling America's rich preserving traditions.
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Overview
One of "The Atlantic"'s Best Food Books of the Year
A "Los Angeles Times" Holiday Gift-Giving Pick
An Amazon Best Cookbook & Food Writing Book of the Year
Strawberry jam. Pickled beets. Homegrown tomatoes. These are the tastes of Kevin West's Southern childhood, and they are the tastes that inspired him to "save the season," as he traveled from the citrus groves of Southern California to the cranberry bogs of Massachusetts and everywhere in between, chronicling America's rich preserving traditions.
Here, West presents his findings: 220 recipes for sweet and savory jams, pickles, cordials, cocktails, candies, and more; plus 300 full-color photographs. From Classic Apricot Jam to Green Tomato Chutney; from Pickled Asparagus with Tarragon and Green Garlic to Scotch Marmalade, "Saving the Season" is the ultimate guide for cooks -- from the novice to the professional -- and the only book you need to save (and savor) the season throughout the entire year.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307599483
  • ISBN-10: 0307599485
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publish Date: June 2013
  • Page Count: 532


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Books > Cooking > Regional & Ethnic - American - General
Books > Cooking > Methods - Canning & Preserving
Books > Cooking > Seasonal

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-05-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

This cookbook by West, journalist and home-canning blogger, venerates the art of "putting up" seasonal bounty of regional hillside orchards, forests, and gardens. Southern roots and childhood memories of home canning with grandparents inspire West's passion for capturing the taste of the seasons in a jar. In an impressive practical guide rich in storytelling and culinary information, this self-described urban dweller who doesn't garden provides a thorough compendium of essential techniques for preserving the harvest. Including recipes reflecting timely produce, West instructs readers on how to make jams and jellies, pickles, canned tomatoes, and condiments like relish and salsas. Spring recipes feature asparagus and ramps, as well as sour cherry preserves made with mint and honey; summer is time for a smoky tomato jam with paprika; fall canning includes grapes, pears, and apples in jams and jellies and pumpkin or persimmon butters; winter preserves citrus in syrups, curds, and cordials and in a wide variety of marmalades. An appendix charts peak dates of ripeness and details about produce varieties. Because "nature's bounty is abundant but fleeting," West shows home cooks how to save the season through the tradition of canning. Agent: David Kuhn, Kuhn Projects. (June)

 
BookPage Reviews

The art of home canning

Kevin West lives in L.A.; he’s not a farmer or a gardener. But he is an aficionado of local farmer’s markets and farm stands who found himself frustrated by the fleeting nature of nature’s abundance. When he set out to capture the fabulous essence of each season by preserving it, he realized he was returning to his East Tennessee roots and childhood memories. A blog followed and, now, Saving the Season: A Cook’s Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving, a complete companion to mastering the art of putting up and putting by—making sweet preserves with fruit and savory preserves with vegetables, and using simple techniques for drying, freezing and storing seasonal produce. The recipes (more than 220) are, of course, organized by season, and accompanied by stories (preserver extraordinaire West is also a gifted Southern storyteller) and essays that entertain, educate and take you into the cuisine and culture of food preservation. Look no further: This is the only preserving book you need for this season and all that follow.

THE FOOD OF A FREE SPIRIT
Jane Coxwell is Diane von Furstenberg’s personal chef and spends most of her time on the big, beautiful yacht that von Furstenberg and Barry Diller own, creating light, lively, luscious meals as they cruise the world. So it’s no surprise that her food has been inspired by her travels to Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, the ­Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Central America and her homeland, South Africa. Coxwell is a free spirit whose zest for the world and its food is truly infectious, and in Fresh Happy Tasty: An Adventure in 100 Recipes, her debut cookbook, lavishly illustrated with full-color photos, she shares her fresh, low-key approach to cooking, with memories and experiences included. Good header notes and fully fleshed-out instructions enable landlubbers like us to join Coxwell in turning out a mélange of morning mueslis, standout soups, salads, seafood, sauces and sides, plus great grain dishes and masterful mains like Cilantro Fish, Lamb and Quinoa Koftas and Cape Malay Lamb Curry, all in our own landlocked galleys.

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Noted omnivore Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall seems to have taken to heart Michael Pollan’s admonition to “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Well, I’m not sure about the not-too-much part, because River Cottage Veg, his new paean to vegetables, is big, beautiful and so bountiful that it’s not going to encourage moderation. Just looking at the luscious full-color photos is enough to make a committed carnivore morph into an advocate of the mostly veggie approach to everyday eating. His 200 recipes take you from multilayered, multifaceted mains, such as Kale and Mushroom Lasagna and Sweet Potato and Peanut Gratin, to hearty salads, hefty soups—try the summery Cucumber and Lettuce Vichyssoise—and super suppers that come right off the pantry shelf; from pasta-, rice- and grain-based dinner winners, to a superb sampling of small plates à la meze and tapas—like marinated Zucchini and Mozzarella—to a bonanza of roasted, grilled and broiled centerpieces and sides. His approach is practical and practiced, his enthusiasm boundless and inspiring. Vegging out has just taken on a new and delicious meaning.

 
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