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Salt Sugar Smoke: How to preserve fruit, vegetables, meat and fish

Diana Henry

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Prose: non-fiction, Preserving & freezing

Preserving - making the most of seasonal abundance and creating foods from scratch at home - it is very on trend. This comprehensive guide to conserving - from jams and chutneys to cures and smokes - includes all the essential technical information you need to make perfect preserves. The book's 250 recipes include all the classics, from strawberry jam to mango chutney, plus the most inspiration

Jams and jellies, chutneys and pickles, smoked and potted meats and cured fish, cordials and alcohols, vegetables in oil, mustards and vinegars - here are recipes to fill the larder with the most delicious conserves of all kinds.

Award-winning food writer Diana Henry has sourced preserves from many different cuisines, from familiar fruit jams to more unusual recipes such as Georgian plum sauce, rhubarb schnapps and Middle Eastern pickled turnips. There is expert advice and instruction on techniques where necessary - from successful smoking (without expensive equipment) to foolproof jellies. As always Diana's irresistible narrative style makes you feel she is in the kitchen with you, guiding you gently through the recipes and providing fascinating background that ranges from the traditions of wild mushroom picking in Italy, Scandinavia and Russia to Simone de Beauvoir (who compared making jam to capturing time).

Preserving makes the most of seasonal ingredients and intensifies flavours wonderfully. It's also a delicious way of making everyday food special and giving friends and family something beautifully home-made. From elderflower in spring and summer tomatoes, to autumn berries and winter vodkas, the recipes in this book will provide you with season after season of wonderful preserves.

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Diana Henry

Diana Henry was named Cookery Writer of the Year by The Guild of Food Writers in 2009 and 2007 for her work in the Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine. As well as writing a weekly column for Stella, Diana is the author of several cookbooks, including Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons, The Gastropub Cookbook and Cook Simple. She also writes for many magazines, including House and Garden, Sainsbury's Magazine and Waitrose Food Illustrated. Diana lives in London with her partner and children.

Photographer Jonathan Lovekin is often referred to as the best food photographer in the business. He is known for his work with Nigel Slater, and won the Glenfiddich award for his work in Feasts by Silvena Rowe.

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