Saving the Season

Saving the Season

A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving

Book - 2013 | First edition
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"A stylish, richly illustrated, practical guide for home cooks and preserving enthusiasts, the first cookbook from journalist Kevin West, author of the popular blog Savingtheseason.com. Incorporating classic favorites and new flavors, West gives us more than one hundred recipes, organized by season, for sweet preserves and savory pickles; easy-to-can vegetables and fruits; condiments such as relishes, chutneys, and salsas; and cordials, candies, and cocktails. Interspersed with the recipes are chronicles of West's travels and the history of American preserving traditions from California to New Mexico to Long Island. A witty and erudite culinary companion, West makes a rich and entertaining story of the introductions to the recipes. Also included is a primer on preserving techniques that addresses issues of food safety and nutrition"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307599483
0307599485
Characteristics: ix, 532 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

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lw_10
Mar 24, 2020

Five hundred pages filled with gorgeous photos and clear instructions for all kinds of innovative jams and pickles and preserves. The author weaves in stories, interviews, and poems amongst the recipes. It's organized by season, which makes a lot of sense for this kind of book. I actually checked it out several different times, in summer and fall and winter, to get the most out of his recipes. Can personally vouch for the sweet & sour onions, p. 84 (which I refrigerated, didn't can); no-pectin-added olallieberry jam, p. 202 (splattery when cooking, but nice soft texture; I froze, not canned); pear jam, p. 311 (nice texture) and apple jelly, p. 346 (which I overcooked to the point of globbiness so ended up reheating, adding cider, and transforming into apple pancake syrup). Delicious book for anyone who wants to preserve excess garden goodness.

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krenit
Sep 25, 2018

Brilliant "how to" on preserves. Great basics combinations to use as an introduction to canning. or later as your solid pantry items. Genius combination of coriander and blueberry. So often blueberry flavour is lost in pie or preserve. That tip is alone worth a look at this book.

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gen6tex
Aug 04, 2013

In my estimation there are roughly two classes of cookbook, one that is a delight to read but somewhat short of recipes, and one that is jam packed with recipes but short on writing. Kevin West has managed to make Saving the Season both of these. I picked up this book looking for a recipe for bread and butter pickles and found it was more than a book of canning recipes. He is a great writer, focuses on cooking seasonally and includes interesting antidotes (see pg 232). I guess I will have to break down and buy this one when my renewals run out.

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