When this book first came into my house, I thought: Oh another canning book! (I collect cookbooks and love books on preserving food a lot, so I have quite a few of them).. I’m one of those people that like to know what’s in their food ;)
Then I opened the book and found out:Oh! This is not just another canning book! This is actually pretty cool!
The first thing that struck me as really great is that the recipes are sorted by fruit! BRILLIANT! This way when the apples on my tree are ripe, I don’t have to root through the entire book to find out what else can I do with them? There they are, all in a row and neatly for me to check out before I get started. LOVE THAT!
As I started to actually read the book I fell even more in love with it. It promotes local! I adore it! It gives you wonderful, to the point advice on getting started, with a great basic set up. I dislike books that have you spend hundreds of dollars just to get started! Not so on thins one. (I also learned something new, I had no idea there was a tool to get your lids out of the hot water! Brilliant! I regularly burn myself ;) )
I love the fact, that this book doesn’t just give you recipes to preserve, it tells you the difference between the kinds of preserves you can make! (Marmalade, jelly, pickles etc.) That way you can make up your mind up front if you like big chunks in your preserved food, or rather not.
As you move on through the book, you will notice that it does not only give you recipes to preserve the fruits from your garden, or farmers market, but it also gives you ideas for using them up after you made them! Recipes to use the preserves you just made is GENIUS! Specially since there are a few in the book I had not ever thought of! YESSSSS that’s a big win in my book!
Another nice surprise was that the book does not just talk about canning, but does incorporate drying fruit as well and other preserving methods. Infusions, leather, fruit cheese, things that not always come to mind right off the top.
I love the photography in the book! Very mouthwatering! I had my husband look at it and we already found a few recipes we are going to try (the ones to use up the preserves we are going to make) with bought preserves and sauces etc until we get our own.
I would say this book is great for beginners as well as for more accomplished fruit preserve-enthusiasts. It gives you a great starting off point, but does not hold you back by giving you simple recipes only. It will keep you going and wake up your creativity!
I would recommend this book to my canning friends, that’s for sure and I have already been asked if some of them can borrow it!