In Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, food preserving expert Cathy Barrow presents a beautiful collection of essential preserving techniques for turning the fleeting abundance of the farmers’ market into a well-stocked pantry full of canned fruits and vegetables, jams, stocks, soups, and more.
As Barrow writes in her introduction, “A walk through the weekend farmers’ market is a chance not only to shop for the week ahead but also to plan for the winter months.” From the strawberries and blueberries of late spring to the peaches, tomatoes, and butter beans of early fall, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry shows you how to create a fresh, delectable, and lasting pantry—a grocery store in your own home.
Beyond the core techniques of water-bath canning, advanced techniques for pressure canning, salt-curing meats and fish, smoking, and even air-curing pancetta are broken down into easy-to-digest, confidence-building instructions.
Under Barrow’s affable direction, you’ll discover that homemade cream cheese and Camembert are within the grasp of the weekday cook—and the same goes for smoked salmon, home canned black beans, and preserved and cured duck confit.
In addition to canning techniques, Practical Pantry includes 36 bonus recipes using what’s been preserved: rugelach filled with apricot preserves, tomato soup from canned crushed tomatoes, arugula and bresaola salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano and hazelnuts, brined pork chops with garlicky bok choy.
Tips for choosing the best produce at the right time of season and finding the right equipment for your canning and cooking needs—along with troubleshooting tips to ensure safe preserving—will keep your kitchen vibrant from spring to fall.
Whether your food comes by the crate, the bushel, or the canvas bag, just a few of Barrow’s recipes are enough to furnish your own practical pantry, one that will provide nourishment and delight all year round. Canning and preserving is not just about the convenience of a pantry filled with peaches, dill pickles, and currant jelly, nor is it the simple joy of making a meal from the jars on the shelf—creating a practical pantry is about cultivating a thoughtful connection with your local community, about knowing exactly where your food comes from and what it can become.
Author: Cathy Barrow
Cathal Armstrong celebrates the food of his homeland and chronicles his culinary journey from Dublin to Washington, D.C., where he runs seven beloved and critically lauded restaurants.
Author: C. Armstrong, D. Hagedorn
Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking is a kitchen classic. Hailed by Time magazine as "a minor masterpiece" when it first appeared in 1984, On Food and Cooking is the bible to which food lovers and professional chefs worldwide turn for an understanding of where our foods come from, what exactly they're made of, and how cooking transforms them into something new and delicious.
Now, for its 20th anniversary, Harold McGee has prepared a new, fully revised and updated edition of On Food and Cooking. He has rewritten the text almost completely, expanded it by two-thirds, and commissioned more than 100 new illustrations. As compulsively readable and engaging as ever, the new On Food and Cooking provides countless eye-opening insights into food, its preparation, and its enjoyment.
On Food and Cooking pioneered the translation of technical food science into cook-friendly kitchen science and helped give birth to the inventive culinary movement known as "molecular gastronomy." Though other books have now been written about kitchen science, On Food and Cooking remains unmatched in the accuracy, clarity and thoroughness of its explanations, and the intriguing way in which it blends science with the historical evolution of foods and cooking techniques.
On Food and Cooking is an invaluable and monumental compendium of basic information about ingredients, cooking methods and the pleasures of eating. It will delight and fascinate anyone who has ever cooked, savored or wondered about food.
Author: Harold McGee
This is the only ramps-dedicated cookbook, for everyone who has ever savored this wild seasonal plant at a spring ramp festival or in a fine city restaurant and wants to bring this tasty relative of garlic and leeks into their own kitchen. Ramps have become one of the most sought-after wild-foraged plants from eastern North America, and are now available overnight to any chef and home cook from coast to coast.
The editors of this cookbook have gathered 50 mouthwatering ramp recipes and photos from well-known chefs, foragers and food bloggers across the Ramps Nation (from Georgia and Tennessee to Toronto and Quebec). In recent years, ramps have become the culinary harbinger of spring, an IN vegetable, celebrated in dozens of ramp festivals and special events in the Appalachian states and beyond. Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Martha Stewart, Emeril and many other big names have paid homage to the wild ramp. This ancient wild leek is finding fans far beyond its native wooded hills. Ramps includes a brief history and lore associated with this colorful and highly aromatic plant.
Author: Editors of St. Lynn's Press
Beginning in 2006, the agriculture departments of several large states — with backing from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — launched a major crackdown on small dairies producing raw milk. Replete with undercover agents, sting operations, surprise raids, questionable test-lab results, mysterious illnesses, propaganda blitzes, and grand jury investigations, the crackdown was designed to disrupt the supply of unpasteurized milk to growing legions of consumers demanding healthier and more flavorful food.
The Raw Milk Revolution takes readers behind the scenes of the government's tough and occasionally brutal intimidation tactics, as seen through the eyes of milk producers, government regulators, scientists, prosecutors and consumers. It is a disturbing story involving marginally legal police tactics and investigation techniques, with young children used as political pawns in a highly charged atmosphere of fear and retribution.
Are regulators' claims that raw milk poses a public health threat legitimate? That turns out to be a matter of considerable debate. In assessing the threat, The Raw Milk Revolution reveals that the government's campaign, ostensibly designed to protect consumers from pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7, and listeria, was based in a number of cases on suspect laboratory findings and illnesses attributed to raw milk that could well have had other causes, including, in some cases, pasteurized milk.
Author David Gumpert dares to ask whether regulators have the public's interest in mind or the economic interests of dairy conglomerates. He assesses how the government's anti–raw-milk campaign fits into a troublesome pattern of expanding government efforts to sanitize the food supply — even in the face of ever-increasing rates of chronic disease like asthma, diabetes, and allergies. The Raw Milk Revolution provides an unsettling view of the future, in which nutritionally dense foods may be available largely through underground channels.
Author: David Gumpert
From the author of more than 10 cookbooks comes this comprehensive guide and collection of recipes using root vegetables. Discover the fascinating history and lore of 29 major roots, their nutritional content, how to buy and store them, and much more, from the familiar (beets, carrots, potatoes) to the unfamiliar (jicama, salsify, malanga) to the practically unheard of (cassava, galangal, crosnes). The best part? More than 225 recipes—salads, soups, side dishes, main courses, drinks and desserts—that bring out the earthy goodness of each and every one of these intriguing vegetables. From Andean tubers and burdock to yams and yuca, this essential culinary encyclopedia lets dedicated home cooks achieve a new level of taste and sophistication in their everyday cooking.
Author: Diane Morgan
This collection of seventy-five recipes for veggie chips, cheese straws, toasted nuts, pita chips, herb crackers, savory cookies, and snack mixes puts a fresh, crunchy spin on homemade nibbles. So broaden your horizons beyond microwave popcorn and bagged chips to include inventive snacks like Roasted Chickpeas with Sumac, Coconut Crisps with Basil and Chiles, Salami Chips with Grainy Mustard Dip, Stilton and Walnut Pinwheels, and more.
Indeed, with all the excess sodium and hidden preservatives in prepackaged foods, it’s smart as well as delicious to make your own savory bites from scratch. Nutritious offerings like Parsnip and Carrot Chips, gluten-free recipes like Cumin Lentil Crackers, and the option to customize the amount of added salt (or alternative spices and sprinklings) will appeal to snackers of every stripe. Perfect for cocktail parties, after-school snack time, or anytime you need a nosh, this collection’s easy techniques and exotic flavors are sure to delight anyone with a “salty tooth.”
Author: Cynthia Nims
Thai takeout meets authentic, regional flavors in this collection of 100 recipes for easy, economical, and accessible Thai classics, from the rising star behind the blog She Simmers.
Who can say no to a delicious plate of Pad Thai with Shrimp; a fresh, tangy Green Papaya Salad; golden Fried Spring Rolls; or a rich, savory Pork Toast with Cucumber Relish? Thai food is not only one of the most vibrant, wonderfully varied cuisines in the world, it also happens to be one of the tastiest, and a favorite among American eaters.
The good news is, with the right ingredients and a few basic tools and techniques, authentic Thai food is easily within reach of home cooks. Take it from Leela Punyaratabandhu, a Bangkok native and author of the popular Thai cooking blog She Simmers. In her much-anticipated debut cookbook, she shares her favorite recipes for classic Thai fare, including beloved family recipes, popular street food specialties, and iconic dishes from Thai restaurant menus around the world.
All of Punyaratabandhu’s recipes have been tested and tweaked to ensure that even the busiest cook can prepare them at home. With chapters on key ingredients and tools, base recipes, one-plate meals, classic rice accompaniments, and even Thai sweets, Simple Thai Food is a complete primer for anyone who wants to give Thai cooking a try. By the end of the book, you’ll be whipping up tom yam soup and duck red curry that will put your local takeout joint to shame. But perhaps more importantly, you’ll discover an exciting new world of Thai flavors and dishes (including Stir-Fried Chicken with Chile Jam, Leaf-Wrapped Salad Bites, and Crispy Wings with Three-Flavored Sauce) that will open your eyes to all the wonderful possibilities that real Thai cooking has to offer.
Author: Leela Punyaratabandhu
If you are concerned about too much sugar in your diet and are reluctant to use artificial sweeteners, try these delicious low-sugar recipes, sweetened with an extract of the herb Stevia rebaudiana. You'll learn to cut your calories, improve your health and still enjoy your favorite sweet treats.
The intense flavor of stevia extract is about 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, with no calories and a glycemic index of 0. Used by millions of people around the world and deemed safe by doctors and scientists, stevia may be the answer to your sugar woes.
This book is a combination of Rita DePuydt's two previous cookbooks, Baking with Stevia I and II, along with new and revised recipes. It includes information on how to use whole herb stevia, stevia concentrate and stevia extracts as a substitute for other sweeteners.
Inside, you'll find more than 100 recipes, including:
Want to read more? Preview this book: Naturally Sweet Stevia Recipes.
About the author:
Rita DePuydt is a freelance writer and botanist with a background in home economics and medical lab technology. A lifelong sugar sensitivity led to her interest in the remarkable stevia plant. In Stevia, Naturally Sweet Recipes, Rita combines her interest and experience in health, cooking and herbs to produce a wonderful collection of whole-food, low-sugar recipes.
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Author: Rita DePuydt
Everyone knows how to drink beer, but few know how to really taste it. Increase your enjoyment of every beer you drink with an understanding of the finer points of brewing, serving, tasting and food pairing. Beer lovers will discover the ingredients and brewing methods that make each brew unique and learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouthfeel of all the major beer styles. Recommendations for brews to try in more than 50 beer styles from around the world encourage you to expand your horizons. Uncap the secrets in every bottle of the world's greatest drink!
Author: RANDALL MOSHER
Tasting the Seasons includes an impressive variety of fast and fresh, irresistible, user-friendly recipes: family-oriented one-dish wonders, updated classics and creative gourmet entrees … all presented with a steady focus on how to identify, select and prepare foods using ecologically sound principles.
Gathered in a highly readable and entertaining format (with humorous culinary-related stories) are nearly 250 recipes for superbly seasoned, beautifully presented meals to serve as the center of any occasion, from an intimate family dinner to a large holiday celebration.
Inside Tasting the Seasons, readers will find crowd-pleasing appetizers, novel breakfast and brunch menus in which fresh fruit and vegetables often take center stage, and a variety of soups. The entree section is devoted to the pescatarian diet; a smaller portion of the book features meat, chicken and pork dishes (reflecting author Kerry Dunnington's opinion about the environmental impact meat has on the planet). Vegetarian readers will love the chapters devoted to cold and warm garden greenery dishes. Irresistible recipes for breads, biscuits, rolls and sweet endings will become household favorites.
Recipes are enhanced with ideas and strategies for successful entertaining. Tasting the Seasons also has an extensive section on how to identify, select and prepare foods along ecologically sound principles, as well as a chance to take the 365 eco-challenge, to incorporate those principles as a way of cooking, dining and entertaining.
Author: Kerry Dunnington
These days, staying in is the new going out, and homemade deli is the way to eat gourmet! Emma MacDonald, a trained chef and founder of The Bay Tree—the UK's premier deli—shares her celebrated culinary secrets for the first time, explaining how to pickle, smoke, cure, and conserve; put together great meals; and mix and match both home-cooked and store-bought foods. This fantastic treasure trove of culinary delights shows you how to produce delicacies ranging from cured meats, smoked fish, and sweet preserves to farmhouse cheeses, fresh pasta, and fresh-baked pies. The mouthwatering recipes include Pastrami with Sweet Cucumber Relish, Sticky Redcurrant & Clove Glazed Ham, Sizzling Beef with Korean Vegetable Pickle, and Chocolate Risotto with Cherries in Kirsch.
Author: Emma MacDonald