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What's On Your Preservation Library Bookshelf ~ 2012
Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:07 pmForum Host
A recap of all the books recommended in our 2012 topics of the month, just in time to order for holiday gift-giving. If you're interested in any or all of these books, you may want to check them out of your local library before you purchase.
Previous years' booklists:
WHAT'S ON YOUR PRESERVATION LIBRARY BOOKSHELF ~ 2010 (link)
WHAT'S ON YOUR PRESERVATION LIBRARY BOOKSHELF ~ 2011 (link)
Ball Blue Book
A must-have book if you want to can, freeze, make jam, applesauce, pickles, etc., whether you have an expensive pressure canner or a simple large pot. The recipes are simple and tested by generations. The instructions are clear and use standard kitchen supplies. There is also a nice section that explains how water bath canning works and how to do it right.
Seasonal and Simple: A Guide for Enjoying Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (link)
Seasonal and simple is a guide to help you select, store and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes use simple preparations and seasonings, so you can taste the goodness of a fruit or vegetable at the peak of its flavor. The fruits and vegetables are listed in the guide by their growing season — spring, summer and fall. Nutrients and associated health benefits are listed with each fruit or vegetable.
Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture, Revised and Expanded by Elizabeth Henderson and Robyn Van En
Sharing the Harvest is an essential book for anyone considering starting a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm and for recent CSA farmers--it is essentially the CSA 'bible'. Sharing the Harvest provides a comprehensive approach to this relatively new social approach to farming, and it may be useful to people who have recently discovered the importance and joy of eating locally-grown food, helping them participate in starting a CSA so they can have an even more direct connection to their food and the farmer who grows it
The Harvest Eating Cookbook: More than 200 Recipes for Cooking with Seasonal Local Ingredients by Keith Snow
Seasonality is the watchword of the moment. Cooks demand fresh ingredients just arrived from farms in full abundance and at the peak of flavor. This author puts forward a catalog of recipes designed to steer cooks in the direction of menus and meal preparation that take full advantage of such bounty.
Cooking from the Farmers' Market (Williams-Sonoma) by Jodi Liano, Tasha De Serio, Jennifer Maiser
This essential guide to produce illuminates how to identify, select, and prepare over 100 types of fruits and vegetables fresh from the market, with more than 245 recipes, including one for each ingredient.
Saving the Seasons: How to Can, Freeze, or Dry Almost Anything by Mary Clemens Meyer and Susanna Meyer
Now one can eat locally and seasonally year round with the knowledge of how to preserve or save the seasons. With the aid of the simple steps and photos, the novice will feel quite comfortable saving the seasons, and the experienced will learn new tricks. All will have wonderful recipes to try.
Ideas and How-To: Storage and Organizing (Better Homes & Gardens Do It Yourself) by Better Homes & Gardens
The Modern Kitchen Pantry: How to Design, Create and Use Your Pantry by Kev Williams
"If you've ever wanted a pantry for your home kitchen - or to make better use of the one you have - this booklet is for you. You'll discover
•the different types of pantry and how to choose the one that will suit you
•how to squeeze a pantry into your home, even if your kitchen is small
•how to choose pantry shelving and other fittings
•how to stock and organize your pantry to make best use of it
•how to get rid of pantry pests like flour moths"
Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen by Amy Pennington
"Urban Pantry is a smart, concise guide to creating a full and delicious larder in your own home. It covers kitchen essentials, like what basics to keep on hand for quick, tasty meals without a trip to the store, and features recipes that adapt old-fashioned pantry cooking for a modern audience."
A Man, a Can, a Plan by The Editors of Men's Health and David Joachim
For the person who wants to cook and to fix healthy, quick meals without making a big fuss over the whole thing.
The Practical Pantry Cookbook by Tammy P. Olson
The Practical Pantry began in 1998 as a recipe column for a weekly newspaper. From the beginning, the column has provided simple recipes that started with inexpensive ingredients most people have on hand or easily could find. The Practical Pantry Cookbook contains over 100 recipes that combine pantry staples with everyday ingredients, plus pointers for stocking a practical pantry, selecting and storing meat and produce, and making cooking easier. Whether you're a faithful reader of the column or a cook looking to simplify mealtime, this collection of recipes, pointers, and columns from the first 10 years of The Practical Pantry will help you eat well while saving time and money. The Practical Pantry Cookbook includes such favorites as Quick Pasta Primavera, Easy Chicken Pot Pie, Slow-Cooker Beef Stew, Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Savory Herb Rice, Simple Salsa, Crunchy Drop Cookies, and much more. For more information, please visit PracticalPantry.com.
Off the Shelf: Cooking from the Pantry by Donna Hay presents a blueprint for from-scratch good eating that relies on a thoughtfully stocked larder, a few fresh ingredients, and truly streamlined recipes. First published in Australia, this edition is meant to work for American cooks; if ingredient names, quantities, and some operations aren't always completely "translated" (one recipe calls for English spinach leaves) or given conventional American form, willing readers will still be able use it most productively.
The Storm Gourmet: A Guide to Creating Extraordinary Meals Without Electricity by Daphne Nikolopoulos
This book can be used for anytime you are without power, such as weather emergencies. Use this book for quick, easy meals anytime, especially for camping or for quick summer meals. You will find shopping lists for creating the ultimate emergency pantry; more than 70 recipes using nonperishable and shelf-stable food items; suggested menus for quick, well-balanced meals; a practical guide to growing a storm-proof herb garden; advice, tips, and anecdotes about weathering the storm.
100-day Pantry: 100 Quick and Easy Gourmet Meals by Jan Jackson
Complete with customizable recipes that use only ingredients you can store for up to two years in your pantry and helpful tips on how to rotate your supplies so you ll never have to worry about wasting food, 100-Day Pantry will ease your conscience and your budget.
Simple Recipes Using Food Storage is an all-encompassing guide to food storage. This is an essential book for anyone just starting out. The basics of food storage are organized into a step-by-step system. The first section requires only 6 basic ingredients - and then as your food storage grows, so do your recipe options! Plus, comprehensive ingredient substitution charts will help you use what you have on hand, and a shelf-life chart will keep your food fresh.
A Hunter's Cookbook: A Practical Step-By-Step Guide To Dressing, Preparing And Cooking Game, In The Field And At Home, With Over 75 Delicious Recipes And Over 1000 Photographs by Robert Cuthbert
Robert Cuthbert is the owner of Serious Shooting Ltd, a sporting agency which offers driven game shoots specializing in wild birds, historic estates and shooting house parties. Robert has also written regularly for the sporting press for over 12 years including The Field, The Shooting Gazette and The Shooting Times. Jake Eastham's countyside, field sport and country lifestyle photography is admired and collected across the globe. Andy Parle is a chef with 25 years experience and has worked in 2 Michelin-starred restaurants. As chef/director of the Walpole Arms in Norfolk he's been awarded a Michelin bib gourmand for the last 6 years.
Dressing & Cooking Wild Game: From Field to Table: Big Game, Small Game, Upland Birds & Waterfowl (The Complete Hunter)
Slow Cookers Go Wild!: 100+ Recipes for Wild Game by Teresa Marrone
Preparing meals in a crockpot, slow cooker, or low-temperature oven is very popular. This unique book gives cooks recipes and tips for preparing wild game with ease and skill. The focus is on preparation of big game, small game, upland birds, and waterfowl (venison, bear, elk, moose, rabbit, squirrel, turkey, pheasant, duck, goose, and more).
Includes information on the advantages and disadvantages of equipment and appliances. Also, how to match the type of meat to the appropriate recipe, cooking method, and appliance. More than 100 recipes are grouped into these categories: breakfast/brunch, appetizer/party, soup/stew/chili, sandwich, side dish, entree. Includes index. Among the delicious recipes are: Italian Venison Stew; Quail and Rice Soup; Wild Boar Sauerbraten; Moose Au Jus; Elk Swiss Steak; Duck Frittata; Teriyaki Pheasant; and Sweet & Sour Rabbit.
Venison Wisdom Cookbook: 200 Delicious and Easy-to-Make Recipes by Tracy Schmidt
Venison Wisdom Cookbook provides 200 easy-to-make recipes to help you create flavorful meals with venison, the world's healthiest red meat. Recipes use practical ingredients, so you won't be making special trips to the store for items you don't have or will never use again.
A special section highlights recipes from celebrities, including Ted Nugent and Charlie Alsheimer. With bonus venison care tips from Deer & Deer Hunting Editor Daniel E. Schmidt, this entertaining book is more than a collection of recipes—it's a fun read!
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