Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A New Guide To... Preserving.

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.

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.

Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry shows you how to create a fresh, delectable, and lasting pantry—a grocery store in your own home.

Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving
by Cathy Barrow
W. W. Norton & Company, 2014
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A New Guide To... Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits.

Artisanal foods are making a comeback as more and more people seek to stock their pantries, and their bellies, with handcrafted or locally grown and made foods. Specialty markets and sections at grocery stores are catering to this new desire for the special, the unique, the carefully made foods.

Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits and the Return of Artisanal Foods colorfully details the landscape of the newest wave of the artisanal food revolution by looking at four foods that whet our appetites for specialty..

Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits, and the Return of Artisanal Foods
by Suzanne Cope
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Stall Review: The Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of Fruit Ripening.

The science of fruit ripening has advanced greatly in recent years, from investigations of single genes and enzymatic reactions to complex studies of the regulatory networks controlling the process. This volume covers these advances and presents them in context with general fruit biology.

Herein the molecular and biochemical basis for the ways colour, flavour and texture are effected in ripening fruit is explained.

The Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of Fruit Ripening
by Graham B. Seymour, et al
Wiley-Blackwell, 2013

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book Stall Review: Drink More Whiskey.

This guide to whiskey is for a new generation of drinkers venturing far beyond the staid whiskey sours and Manhattans of their grandfather's day.  It is a book for urbanite men and women eager to experiment, try new things, and play with their taste buds.  

"The 1970s and 1980s were marked by a surge of vodka consumption because people didn't want to taste their alcohol," claims author Daniel Yaffe. "Things are changing."

Today, the universe of flavored liquors - including vodkas and whiskeys - is exploding. The Big Bang of fine spirits is circling the globe and seeping into nightclubs, bars and private homes everywhere.

Everything You Need to Know About Your New Favorite Drink
by Daniel Yaffe
Chronicle Books, 2013

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Good Old Books: Christmas Make-It Book

Here is a new book about an old holiday, glowing with ideas for family fun and family savings.

Step-by-step illustrations and clear directions show how to make hundreds of unusual decorations, gifts, and ornaments.

You will delight your family, impress your friends, and enjoy Yuletide more than ever with this gay book to help. And the things you make with the Christmas Make-It Book will save its purchase price many times over!

by Barbara Baer
Hearthside Press, 1954

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