Thanks to the generosity of From Storey Publishing, I have two yummy books to giveaway! in Put ‘em Up: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook, by Sherri Brooks Vinton and Recipes from the Root Cellar by Andrea Chesman.

My love of things in mason jars is well documented on this blog, so it’s about time I looked into the original purpose of jars: preserving. Everything you ever wanted to learn about canning and preserving can be found in Put ‘em Up: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook. Author Sherri Brooks Vinton easily won me over to the virtues of “putting Up” (aka preserving). She writes “The jams are fruitier, the pickles are more flavorful, and the chutneys and relishes will trick out your dinner table like nothing else.” Aside from greater tasting food, preserving allows you to rely less on imported produce and go green by preserving locally grown foods. The book opens with a section on all the techniques you need to know, the equipment you need and step-by-step instructions with illustrations for each method of preserving. Much of the book is devoted to over 150 recipes for herbs and every fruit and vegetable from apples to watermelon, including such gems as pickled asparagus, szechuan beans, candied citrus rind, charred chilies, fennel confit, rhubarb chutney and spiced pear vodka.

Recipes from the Root Cellar also celebrates the bounty of local harvests, but with an almost contrary premise: that of enjoying local, fresh vegetable in their seasons rather than import say, asparagus in January. As author Andrea Chesman writes, “Between an awareness that processed and exotic foods bring with them a significant carbon footprint and a shortfall in many household economies in the grip of a global recession, eating more humble vegetables makes sense.” The collection offers over 250 recipes with inspiration to enjoy seasonal veggies through the coldest months and pulls hardy greens, winter squashes, and root vegetables from hiding. After a hearty introduction covering¬† how to buy and store individual greens and veggies and how to cook and prepare them. The book is filled with recipes aplenty, from soups and salads, vegetarian main dishes, main dishes with seafood, poultry and meat, and even desserts. Recipes include Curried Rice Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing, Carrot-Mustard Slaw, Apple-Squash Bisque, Portuguese Kale Soup, Rutabaga Chips, Leek and Goat Cheese Pizza, Lemon-Braised Chicken with Turnips, Spicy Meat Lo Mein, and Pumpkin Waffles.

And now for the GIVEAWAY!!!! Leave a comment to this post before midnight August 30 EST and I will choose a winner randomly to win both Put ‘em Up! and Recipes from the Root Cellar. (Be sure your comment links somewhere with contact information or you leave an email address in case you win.)

[tags]giveaway, books, green, preserving, canning, root vegetables[/tags]

By Meaghan Mountford


94 Comments so far

  1. Lisa Loves Boston on August 16, 2010 6:52 am

    Oh how nice it would be to have a new book to reference…beach plums are going to be had very soon!!

  2. Diane on August 16, 2010 7:14 am

    I just love your site. I visit several times
    a day. Keep up the good work

  3. Julie on August 16, 2010 7:14 am

    I’d love to win this!

  4. Lynn G on August 16, 2010 7:19 am

    Always looking for new and interesting recipes for canning. I’ve been canning for 40 years and someone always has something new & interesting. Would love to win these.

  5. Marcy Shapiro on August 16, 2010 7:21 am

    I keep meaning to start pickling! And preserving. With the kids nearly back in school, this might be my chance.

  6. Juice on August 16, 2010 7:26 am

    I just tried my hand at canning for the first time last year. Pick me!

  7. Lynn Minney on August 16, 2010 7:27 am

    It would be great to win these books!. I REALLY want to learn how to can and preserve in order to feed my family healthier foods, save money and our planet. These would be especially great now that I have a huge veggie garden and more berries than I know what to do with!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. Mandy on August 16, 2010 7:30 am


  9. Meghan R on August 16, 2010 8:05 am

    These would be perfect for my dear friend Laura – she is the most awesomest jamstress I know.

  10. Laura on August 16, 2010 8:06 am

    I’d love them for all of the preserves I’m doing for my wedding!

  11. Susan Spiers on August 16, 2010 8:19 am

    What great books! Thanks!

  12. Lorraine on August 16, 2010 8:22 am

    Just what I need to help me take care of all of the stuff in my garden!

  13. myclaybliss on August 16, 2010 8:27 am

    Wow, great giveaway. Thank you!!

  14. Patricia Hall on August 16, 2010 8:42 am

    I would love to win this, my garden is amazing this year!

  15. jenn on August 16, 2010 8:46 am

    Oh wow! This would be a great way for me to actually figure out how to preserve some foods. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  16. Emily on August 16, 2010 8:51 am

    I’ve been making jams for a couple years and last year was the first time I really started canning (apples and tomatoes). I’d love to learn how to do more! Great giveaway.

  17. S Hudson on August 16, 2010 8:53 am

    My friend is just beginning to enjoy the fruits (and vegs, for that matter!) of her first ever allotment. The pair of us could have hours of fun if I won these books… x

  18. Sally on August 16, 2010 8:57 am

    One of my fav things to do is can. I would love these books and know more about the history of preserving. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Jennifer on August 16, 2010 9:00 am

    I’ve started gardening and really want to learn how to use what I grow more.

  20. Sarah Ulfers on August 16, 2010 9:06 am

    This is great. I’m canning on my own this year and could use all the help I can get.

  21. Aleksa on August 16, 2010 9:07 am

    I spent years watching my Mum can, with no interest. Now that she’s gone, I have great regrets. I want to put food by!

  22. Jeanne Marquette on August 16, 2010 9:12 am

    Great timing with fall just around the corner and my plans to try more canning! Thanks for the chance!

  23. Stephanie Metzger on August 16, 2010 9:32 am

    Someday I’ll have a house…a yard…a garden…and vegetables/fruits to jar! Dreams can come true one small step at a time!

  24. Stephanie Hill on August 16, 2010 9:46 am

    These books both look great!

  25. Natalie on August 16, 2010 10:03 am

    would love these!

  26. Sarah Hardy on August 16, 2010 10:12 am

    I would love to learn about preserving. Great giveaway!

  27. stacy on August 16, 2010 10:18 am

    Great selections! Thanks!

  28. Lindsey on August 16, 2010 10:29 am

    I was eyeing Put ‘Em Up when I was at the bookstore.

  29. Laura on August 16, 2010 10:35 am

    I love all the new things you talk about and I patiently wait every morning for your newsletter. Then I hang on to every word. Thank you so much.
    As for the canning book, my daughter and I were just talking about the idea of starting to can. The mango tree is full and so much goes to waste, we thought of putting some up. This book would give us the information to do that. Please keep us in mind. Thank you again.

  30. Gloria on August 16, 2010 10:51 am

    I would LOVE a reference like these to help me learn more about preserving!

  31. Julie on August 16, 2010 11:13 am

    Started a huge garden this year-Idefinitely need this!

  32. Bettina Groh on August 16, 2010 11:13 am

    My son and I have been trying to can pickels without too much success… the canning part went fine, the pickles, not so hot. So we could use any help we can find!

  33. Susan Tracy on August 16, 2010 12:21 pm

    I’ve been washing out my honey jars and practically everything else in a jar or made of glass …so please pick me and I will blog and photograph my creations for you ;-) homesick American gal, Susan xoxo

  34. Ashley on August 16, 2010 12:53 pm

    I would love to win these cookbooks. I try to use whole foods when cooking and love trying new recipes!

  35. Ami on August 16, 2010 1:00 pm

    would be nice to win so i can fill the millions of pretty jars i have collected over time :)

  36. Isabel on August 16, 2010 1:03 pm

    I *love* both these authors. Great giveaway! Yay!!

  37. Tabitha on August 16, 2010 1:10 pm

    My husband would love these books! He’s the canner in our house, but so far it’s just applesauce and pickles. Some new recipes would be great to try.

  38. Melissa on August 16, 2010 1:32 pm

    I started canning this year, and we’re putting a root cellar in our new house, so I would love to win!

  39. sy on August 16, 2010 1:48 pm

    i’d like to make jams and pickles, sounds delicous.

  40. Adrienne Jones on August 16, 2010 2:45 pm

    I love the real food cookbooks! and your site!

  41. Sylvia on August 16, 2010 3:10 pm

    Ooh, these books look great!

  42. Ellen Lai on August 16, 2010 4:26 pm

    I love trying new recipes, thanks for the chance to win!

  43. DebbieKL on August 16, 2010 5:35 pm

    Great giveaway! I could use both these books with my CSA stash and eventually when my own garden is created! Thanks for the chance!

  44. Brooke on August 16, 2010 6:25 pm

    Just started canning — can’t get enough!

  45. Sarah C on August 16, 2010 8:24 pm

    Oh goodness, these look so awesome!!

  46. Shari J. on August 16, 2010 9:05 pm

    What great timing! The garden is just beginning to yield more than we can eat in a couple of days (and that is with 7 in the family)and I do have to find time to put some of it up through canning or freezing. To have new ideas would be so helpful. Then, in the middle of Feb. or March I am sure I will be able to put the other book to use because I will want some really new ideas for using what I have canned. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Shari in Colorado (

  47. Susan Billie Taylor on August 16, 2010 9:17 pm

    These cookbooks look great. I eat a lot of root vegetables, and more ways to cook them sounds great! The canning cookbook may teach me how to do it. That would be super.

  48. jill on August 16, 2010 9:28 pm

    looks like a great reference guide! fingers crossed!

  49. Traci on August 16, 2010 9:39 pm

    I’ve recently tried canning plum jelly and grape juice…what a great thing! I would love to learn more!

  50. sarah on August 17, 2010 1:29 am

    oohhh! i think the only thing i love more than glass jars are glass jars full of jam :) cant wait to make a batch… mmmmmmm jaaaammmmm…
    xxx sarah

  51. Audrey on August 17, 2010 1:46 am

    Love this, hope I win some

  52. Barbara on August 17, 2010 2:12 am

    It would be great to win these books! Thanks for the chance!
    ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

  53. Tram on August 17, 2010 6:38 am

    It’s so nice of u to have a giveaway! This is quite different from all my book of recipes and cakes!!!

  54. Katie on August 17, 2010 7:22 am

    These books look great!

  55. Tori Whiting on August 17, 2010 8:05 am

    Ohhhh!! These cookbooks look wonderful!! I LOVE to cook, bake…you name it! I am one of those kind of moms who tries a new recipe at least once a week!! Needless to say…I am a cookbook fanatic!

  56. Moira Richardson on August 17, 2010 8:32 am

    I just found out I got accepted to the local market basket program. Would love to win so that I know what to do with all the lovely veggies!

  57. Debbie Smith on August 17, 2010 8:44 am

    I would love some new ideas for canning. I love this site. What a great give away. Debbie

  58. Emily on August 17, 2010 12:43 pm

    I just got my mom into canning too! We started with pickles and salsa they turned out great! The only issue we have is the top to our canning pot is warped – any suggestions on a new canning system? I’ve looked online and the price varies – I would want an affordable one.

  59. amanda on August 17, 2010 5:22 pm


  60. Joan on August 17, 2010 6:12 pm

    I love to cook and can so these books would be a great addition to my collection. I know I’d enjoy using them both.

  61. aimeeQ on August 17, 2010 6:45 pm

    Wow these are some awesome books! I checked out put’um up from the library, and was going to copy a few of my favorite pages, but they are all so great, I figured I should just get the book instead. The root cellar book is right up my alley too! If I don’t win these books, they will both end up on my amazon wish list by September 1 :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  62. denise on August 17, 2010 10:17 pm

    I love cookbooks! Or any books about food!

  63. Paula L. on August 18, 2010 2:49 am

    Wonderful giveaway! I would so love to win!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  64. Rose on August 18, 2010 7:09 am

    I am always looking for more recipes and instruction for preserving food. This is exactly where my focus and energy are going these days. This would be a perfect gift.

  65. Mary Corley on August 18, 2010 8:47 am

    Would love to have this to complement my collection.

  66. Sara on August 18, 2010 10:56 am

    Cool site. Storey Publishing brought me here! Please submit me for the lucky drawing.

  67. Paul Knipple on August 18, 2010 10:59 am

    I like the “one in the jar, one in my belly, one in the jar…” system for handling summer produce.

  68. Meredith on August 19, 2010 8:17 am

    I would love this book! This is my second year of having my own organic garden and I need ideas on how to preserve all my fresh produce. I am also working on trying to integrate more local products into my diet. Thanks!

  69. Catherine on August 19, 2010 10:35 am

    I really have a things for Mason Jar too!
    I often use one as a glass :)
    I started doing this after I went to a bar where they serve drinks only in jars.

  70. Jessica on August 19, 2010 11:43 am

    I love canning and these would make a great addition to my cookbook collection!

  71. Ruth Hill on August 19, 2010 9:09 pm

    Great books! Please enter me to win!

  72. KELLY HEFNER on August 20, 2010 7:27 am


  73. Stacie.Make.Do. on August 20, 2010 12:16 pm

    I just checked out several books on the subject of preserving food from my local library – but these look better!

  74. Amy in SC on August 20, 2010 5:16 pm

    Those look like great books!

  75. Abril on August 20, 2010 11:13 pm

    I’ve been meaning to strat making my own jams and pickles, this would be a great incentive!
    abrilgmolina at gmail dot com

  76. Racheal Mahlknecht on August 20, 2010 11:41 pm

    My son, who has just started his apprenticeship as a chef, would love these.
    Thanks for the comp.

  77. susanna on August 21, 2010 5:33 am

    Love to cook! Love your website

  78. Chic Mummy on August 22, 2010 8:10 am

    I have just started canning, so the put em up book would be perfect. I also struggle with interesting ways to cook root veg, so that book would be great as well.

  79. Judith on August 22, 2010 9:34 am

    Wow! I’d love to try the pumpkin waffles recipe.

  80. Erin on August 22, 2010 12:30 pm

    I’ve been canning for several years and my daughters are learning to do the same. These would be great books for them in the future. Thanks!

  81. karen604 on August 22, 2010 2:39 pm

    Two new books on putting food up! I am thrilled. These will need to become part of my cookbook collection.

  82. Stephanie Belleque on August 22, 2010 3:11 pm

    This would be great! I’ve been wanting to start canning for awhile now. I remember doing it with my Grandma as a child and want to share it with my children, too. Plus, it all tastes so yummy!

  83. Jody on August 23, 2010 2:08 pm

    I just had my first garden this summer. We’ve been canning salsa, pizza sauce, pasta sauce & green beans and have frozen limas and corn. These books would be awesome for me as we are already starting to plan our sophomore garden…which is being enlarged to about 1/2 acre…yippee!!

  84. farmkat on August 23, 2010 6:52 pm

    These books sound great! Love any type of “back to the land” books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  85. Jacoba Evans on August 25, 2010 1:46 am

    Would love to win this book. Might help me to eat more vegies, not to mention the kids. This book can only be helpful and improve my diet and lifestyle.

  86. jasmin on August 25, 2010 8:10 am

    would love to get my hands on those books :)

    huge fan of your site!!

  87. Emma on August 26, 2010 8:33 pm

    Oooh love these books x

  88. Anna on August 26, 2010 8:57 pm

    I’ve been on a jam making spree lately finding inspiration on the blogs, but I’d love to try out some of the recipes in these books. Thanks for the opportunity :D

  89. Sue on August 28, 2010 9:22 am

    Looks like two GREAT books!

  90. Paula on August 28, 2010 3:03 pm

    oh, I don`t have any of such books so it would be really useful for me :)

  91. Jessica Brannon on August 29, 2010 8:22 am

    I just canned some peach salsa! Would so love to learn more. Pick me!

  92. Alison on August 29, 2010 8:54 am

    I am new to this site and have just taken up crochet and trying to learn to cook – both are having some interesting results! So I got myself a crochet book and now just need some nice lovely cook books to help me on my way ?

  93. Suzanne on August 29, 2010 7:40 pm

    I love canning but I have only been doing fruit. I would love to really branch out and get more brave.

  94. Kristen at Miss Prissy Paige on August 31, 2010 7:55 pm

    ohhhh – I’ve wanted to learn to can and preserve. This cookbooks would be great!

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