Saving the Season

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

West, Kevin

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Saving the Season
One of The Atlantic 's Best Food Books of the Year A Los Angeles Times nbsp;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. nbsp; 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.

Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0307599485
Branch Call Number: 641.42 WEST
Characteristics: ix, 532 pages : colored illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jul 16, 2014
  • michelet rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful book, full of historical data, life stories, photos and last but not least recipes. Note the "Ode to Tomatoes" by Pablo Neruda on page 271. This is a book you could frantically use as the harvest came in, and also read by the fire in the middle of January.

Jun 06, 2014
  • gen6tex rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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