Yesterday, I bought two cases of mason jars. Why? Because I just got this in the mail from Lark Books: Canning and Preserving with Ashley English, and I was just that inspired. “If you’ve got a stovetop, a big pot, some jars and lids, and access to fresh produce, then you’re all set to get boiling.” The author’s friendly tone puts us at ease right from the introduction. Canning and preserving is a growing movement to bring us closer to our food, to encourage us to eat locally-grown foods, and to enjoy “the freshest, safest, most nutritious fruits and vegetables available.” With this movement, we need books like Ashley’s that walk us through every step of the process. The book covers jams, jellies, relishes, chutneys, whole fruits and veggies and more. Recipes include nectarine chutney, peach and lavender butter, and beet and sage relish, to name only a few. Portraits of canners and their stories sprinkled throughout personalize the book. Even the texture of the soft, grainy pages feels homey and comforting. (Hence, the two dozen mason jars sitting in my kitchen.)
Canning and Preserving is part of the Homemade Living series from Lark Books, which also includes the Keeping Chickens with Ashley English, a book that sounds wonderfully intriguing (now I must know, how does one keep chickens?). Are you just as intrigued? Well, on to…
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