Friday, 13 May 2016

Batch: Over 200 Recipes, Tips and Techniques for a Well Preserved Kitchen

Over 200 Recipes, Tips and Techniques 
for a Well Preserved Kitchen
by Joel MacCharles & Dana Harrison

Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Appetite by Random House

What a gorgeous book. Definitely different from the regular preserving fare. Definitely not your grandma's recipes.

Batch is a journey in seven different kinds of preserving, from water bath canning to smoking and beyond. There are partner recipes to use the unused portion of your produce, and quick recipes for near instant results.

The recipes and instructions are divided by main ingredient. 25 in all.

Joel and Dana share their experiences and encourage you to start making your own.

Batch it up!

From the Back Flap:

Joel and Dana’s journey into preserving began with an innocent lesson in making jam. Almost a decade later, is an extraordinary resource for both beginners and experts alike. Their much-anticipated first cookbook showcases seven different preserving techniques—waterbath canning, pressure canning, dehydrating, fermenting, cellaring, salting & smoking, and infusing—and takes readers on a trip to the market in twenty-five ingredients. Within each ingredient chapter, you’ll find multiple preserving recipes using the different methods. From apples, pears, peaches and rhubarb, to asparagus, peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes, and covering a variety of meat and fish, Batch teaches you everything you need to know to get the most out of your kitchen.

With their signature approachable and fun style, Joel and Dana showcase techniques for a variety of skill levels, explain how to batch your recipes to make two preserves at once, give you multiple options for preserving in ten minutes or less, and serve up mouthwatering center-of-the-plate meals that take your preserves from the pantry to the table. With personal anecdotes, creative and incredible recipes, and beautiful photography and illustrations, Batch will show you how to incorporate preserving into your life and your community.

JOEL MacCHARLES and DANA HARRISON created in 2008. The site has more than 1,800 articles and 700 recipes on preserving, local food, small farming, food security, sustainability, food politics, hunting and more. Dana has been a graphic designer for 20 years and focuses on the look and feel of the project. Joel is a lifelong home cook who writes and speaks on their shared passions. Batch is their first cookbook.