Monday, June 22, 2009

The Bookshelf

Gardening, cooking, and home food preserving are natural parts of healthy living. Today’s blog takes a look at some favorite books in these three areas. Some of these suggestions come from my own bookshelf, some from my friends at Twitter (you’ll recognize their distinctive Tweet names), and some from e-mail friends. This week's blogs will bring their favorites to you.

Cooking with Heirlooms: Seasonal Recipes with Heritage-Variety Vegetables and Fruits (Hobby Farm Press) by Karen Keb Acevedo and Carol Boker (Hardcover - Sep 2007).

Karen guest blogged about heirloom tomatoes at The Practical Preserver last week.
She tweets under the name SeasonalWisdom and you can follow her blog at

Allison Vallin recommends More-with-Less by Doris Janzen Longacre. Its subhead reads "recipes and suggestions by Mennonites on how to eat better and consume less of the world's limited food resources."

Allison tweets as atastefulgarden and you can follow her blog at

Two recipe books I recommend are The Joy of Pickling, Revised Edition: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market and The Joy of Jams, Jellies, and Other Sweet Preserves: 200 Classic and Contemporary Recipes Showcasing the Fabulous Flavors of Fresh Fruits (Paperback - April 15, 2009)

Both books are by Linda Ziedrich and published by Harvard Common Press. A pleasant surprise - I found Costco was carrying them. Yea!

More discoveries Wednesday, as we continue stocking The Practical Preserver’s Bookshelf.


  1. As you know, my wife is the cook as well as general food manager in our house--thank goodness. She's also a collector of cookbooks and books about food and eating. I'll point out this blog to her.

    Best regards, Galen

  2. Always love posts like this that are super practical -- Wait a minute, all your posts are practical!

  3. Trying to upload covers but Blogger is giving me trouble. Will keep trying

  4. Just wanted you to know I'm in Oregon enjoying the incredibly delicious Hood strawberry season. Thought I'd test out your blog again to see if it opens windows continuously. So far so good.
    karen walker

  5. I remember my mom enlisting me and my three siblings to help her bottle fruits at the end of the summer. We'd go to friends farms and pay them to pick food, then bring it home and preserve the fruit like peaches in Mason jars. My parents wanted us to understand what it was like one and two generations ago. They didn't have supermarkets and microwaves when they were kids. They grew and bartered for food and services.

    - Steve Tremp

  6. Ooooh! These sound wonderful. Think the first one on my list to check out is the jams and jellies one - brings back great memories of when I was little. One exercise my teacher had to teacing us to read was learning to read and follow a recipe. The first sentence I read "Bring in a glass."...ahhh, the start of a scrumptious grape jelly recipe!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy, from Just a Thought…


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