COOKING & FOOD

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today

Robert Rose. Jun. 2020. 448p. ed. by ed. by Judi Kingry & others. ISBN 9780778801313. pap. $24.95. COOKING
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Originally published in 2006, this updated edition of a seminal text is well timed. Even if readers have never preserved their own food, they’re sure to recognize the Ball brand, whose jars are almost synonymous with home preserving. At nearly 450 pages, this weighty title edited by Kingry, Lauren Devine, and Sarah Page provides home canners with a wealth of information. In addition to 400 recipes, the book includes a range of guidance on home canning concerns and a break down of the science behind preserving to an accessible level. For example, “Problem Solver” charts address common pitfalls and specific food preparation issues (e.g., pickles). Adjustments for processing times in different altitudes are also included, as are a comprehensive glossary and index. With the science comes the art. Fancy trying Raspberry Chipotle Freezer Jam? Fennel Relish? Roasted Leek and Tomato Soup? There are plenty of options.
VERDICT Truly a “complete” book, this title continues to be a leading resource for introducing or reintroducing readers to home canning. For all looking to try something new in the kitchen or expand their home preserving repertoire.

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