Giveaway: Preserving Book Bundle

November 25, 2014

preserving books

Friends, so many good preserving books came out in the last year. Truly, I feel like we’re in a golden age for jams, pickles, chutneys, ferments, and even low acid home canning. For this week’s giveaway, I have a short stack of recent preserving releases that would be a fantastic addition to any DIY library.

Now, just to be clear, this is not my definitive list of the best preserving books to hit the shelves this year. I just happen to have extra copies of all three of these books (thanks to the publishers who helped bring these works into the world) and thought it would be nice to bundle them up and give them away to one of my readers.

Asian Pickles cover

First up in the giveaway stack is Karen Solomon’s excellent book, Asian Pickles. I wrote a bit about this book last June and the longer I have it in my collection, the more I love it. Truly, anyone who wants to expand their understanding of home picking should pick up a copy post haste.

Fermented Vegetables cover

Next is Fermented Vegetables, which has been out just over a month now. Written by Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, this book is one of the most comprehensive and user-friendly books on fermentation that I’ve seen recently. The pictures are beautiful and lend additional clarity to step-by-step recipes that might otherwise be troublesome.

Last month, I used their recipe for brined dilly beans and I was so pleased by the results that I started entertaining the idea of getting myself a mini-fridge so that I could make more.

Mrs. Wheelbarrow's cover

Last in the stack is Cathy Barrow’s much-anticipated book, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry. This is such an amazing book for home cooks who want to start building up a pantry filled with homemade staples. Sure, it has plenty of boiling water bath recipes, but it also deals with pressure canning, charcuterie, basic home dairy, and smoking. Anyone who likes a food project should have this one on their shelf.

There will be just one winner in this giveaway, who will receive a box with these three books in them. Here’s how to enter the giveaway.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite food preservation resource. It can be a website, book, online video, or person. Share the love so that we can all expand our knowledge.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, November 29, 2014. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog by Sunday, November 30, 2014.
  3. Giveaway is open to all.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

The winner of this giveaway is #380/Tina! Congratulations Tina!

Disclosure: All three of these books were received as review copies. No one paid me to say nice things about them. Additionally, Karen and Cathy are both friends of mine. However, they did not ask me to run this giveaway or say these things. I do it because I like to share the good stuff with you guys.  

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479 thoughts on "Giveaway: Preserving Book Bundle"

  • I like Punk Domestics website and I also belong to a canning yahoo group which shares yummy recipes and info. Then there is old faithful the BBB ( Ball Blue Book).

  • My Ball Preserving cookbook – it was a lifesaver when trying to figure out what to do with my garden’s produce this summer!

  • I honestly have to say that I don’t know of any favorite food preservation, or canning, products of any kind. I am trying to learn everything I possibly can about it and I am so grateful that I have stumbled upon this site. I am so inthralled with the information provided! My daughter and I have been suffering with several diagnoses of autoimmune disorders for the last several years. Things have just been getting worse and worse over time. Our family is attempting to be a clean eating, green household. One of my daughters’ diagnoses was Celiac Disease and we are so grateful for the diagnosis because we finally have our little girl back. Growing all our own food and preserving is one of our biggest objectives with the hope of becoming completely self sustainable. Now that my husband has retired from his 21 years of active duty military, we can concentrate more on finding us our own home and some land for growing our food better and getting closer to becoming more and more self sustainable. The sooner the better!! Winning this collection of books would be extremely valuable in our home and with education of helping us to achieve our goals. Thank you for all of your informative advice and education provided on this website!!

  • I am constantly looking at the USDA Center for Home Food Preservation website. It’s no frills, but there is so much info! Also, any of Sandor Katz’s books are constant inspiration for kitchen science projects!

  • As much as I love Sandor Katz’s Wild Fermentation – I owe a lot to this wonderful fermenteer and his books! – I just got a copy of Fermented Vegetables by Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, and this wonderful book is helping me go to the next level ☺️. Also, Wild Fermentation fb group is terrific.

  • Ooh, yay! I am super excited about these books. My favorite preserving resource is Linda Ziedrich’s The Joy of Pickling, because PICKLES PICKLES PICKLES!! Ahem. Pickles. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • I just borrowed Asian Pickles from the library and it’s a new favorite! Would love to have a copy of my own so I can try everything. The book Wild Fermentation is a favorite go-to source of info.

  • All 3 of those look great! If I say your website it’s not because I’m sucking up!! I’m the only one in my family who puts up anything and all the people who did it as much as I do have passed away– like my grandparents. That said, there’s a small group of friends from college who are starting to preserve and we all do things differently so it’s a great resource!

  • My all time favorite preserving book is “The art of fermentation” by Sandor Katz. A fascinating and extensive foray into fermentation around the world. Also an enjoyable read.

  • At the risk of sounding sycophantic, Food in Jars is my first line blog! It is also the site I recommend for beginning canners, to “get their feet wet” with small batch preserving. A great way to start building a pantry!

  • Yours is the website I go to for anything connected to food preservation. Two yes ago I was looking for info on making orange marmalade and somehow ended up on your website. It’s been my top resource ever since.

  • I have the book stocking up which is a great base reference. I do also come back to this and other blogs for more modern recipes.

  • I’m really into checking out canning books at the library. It’s a great way to see how much you like or will use a book before you buy it. In terms of websites, this is my go-to.

  • This year, I started pressure canning for the first time. Through that process, the NCHFP website has been super helpful. I also dug into Eugenia Bone’s Well Preserved, which has some really unique recipes for ingredients you can use in your cooking all year round. Both great resources!

  • I have been trying my hand at Asian pickles for awhile now, but still need some work (at least that’s what Hubby-san tells me). Would love to have a reliable book to help me along the path! Your website has been a wonderful resource for creative preserves and how to use them. Thanks!

  • Well, food in jars of course! I have a whole collection of preserving/canning books and I love to read through them and scour the internet as well.

  • Blue Chair Jam is the book that initially peaked my interest, and it’s just darn good eye candy, too! I branched out to you from there.

  • So many contribute to my endeavors:, Punk Domestics, Kevin West’s
    book (Saving the Season), Mes Confictures, Hitchhiking to Heaven, Edon Waycott,
    my great aunties, one of whom made and sold orange marmalade to survive the Great
    Depression (that’s the 1930s, kids), and it becomes difficult to single out one resource.
    We are all in this together, and the amount of creativity expressed by all canners and jammers
    is awesome.

  • FoodInJars, Nourished Kitchen, Nourishing traditions and The Art of Fermentation are definitely on the top of my favorite references!

  • My mum is still my favourite resource but I also love Pam Corbin’s River Cottage Preserving Handbook. Like the look of this bundle of books especially ‘Asian Pickles’

  • I find myself turning to Punk Domestics for creativity lately. It is a wonderful resource. These books look so great!

  • My mother-in-law is the best. She has a backyard full of fruit trees and plants and her own vegetable garden. She freezes, dries and cans a lot and it’s oh-so delicious in the winter months!

  • My favorite food preservation website is, of course. While searching on the web for suggestions on preserving a boat load of bananas that are gassing away on our counter (LOL), I happily encountered your site. Wow! I’m surprised I had not found it before today.
    My favorite book for food preservation would be the tried, true, and tested Ball Blue Book Guide for canning and freezing.
    My favorite online food preservation video would be Joy of Baking.
    And lastly my favorite person to ask about food preservation would have been my mother. She was a great cook and I dedicate this post to her life and legacy.

  • The preserving resource that got me involved in preserving madness was “Mes Confitures.” But since then, there have been so many, books and Websites alike. Linda Ziedrich’s books and Web site are so solid. I make all but one of my marmalades according to recipes in “The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook.” Lots of other books. There’s someone who I make happy by making the Food in Jars spicy tomato jam. Lots of Web sites.

  • For canning – Food Put By
    For fermenting – Wild Fermentation
    For drying – common sense and tasting for dryness
    For freezing – the internet for blanching times

  • So hard to pick just one favorite resource. is definitely one of my all-time favorites, and Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Leana Krissoff. My mama and my mother-in-law have been enormously helpful as well. Thanks!!

  • I’ve used your book Preserving by the Pint a ton this year, ever since my library bought a copy. For those unusual sorts of preserving questions, I turn to

  • When I first started canning, the only resource I had was the Ball Blue book. Then the Internet came along and I found this wonderful site, which also had links to a lot of other canning websites. Suddenly I had access to a whole amazing community of canners! Food in Jars is still my favorite.

  • I first purchased the ‘Ball Blue Book’ a few years ago but remained fearful about canning. It was purchasing ‘Canning for a New Generation’ and using it this past year that really made canning accessible. I am so excited about my canning experiences and can’t wait to expand my horizons even more!

  • my favorite resource is ‘food in jars’ both the books and the website as you make everything so beautiful and inspire me to work with wonderful seasonal goodies,

  • My favorite resource is the library. I get to try read old and new books. My Mom canned and preserved when I was young but she only used recipes from her Mom and didn’t experiment. I like to try new things.

  • It’s a lovely collection of books; I actually have more than one favourite – I really like your blog and often follow the links you provide to other sites to try out new things; but I also frequently refer to my copy of my grandmother’s recipe book – not just preserves, but lots of them, even though some begin with, “take 10 kilos of good beef”… Thankyou for the giveaway!

  • America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook. Delicious duck prosciutto, vanilla extract, wine vinegar, and giardiniera have all come out of the kitchen this fall!

  • My go-to book is still your first book, Food in Jars; I also like Canning for a New Generation, which my husband gave me last year. And I like older editions of classic cookbooks – Joy of Cooking, the New York Times cookbook, etc. – these often have good tips and recipes from the days when everyone canned.

  • Your book inspires me. Also my friends at the farmer’s market who supply me with my produce. They are always willing to answer questions

  • My favorite canning resource is my mom. She has been canning for years and even when I’m following a recipe I find myself calling her with questions.

  • My favorite food preservation resource is Food In Jars—the blog and the cookbooks. Thank you for sharing your wisdom so generously!

  • My starting point is usually the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. The book giveaway looks wonderful — thanks for the chance to win!

  • For canning, Stocking Up from Rodale Press has always been my go to. I love that their recipes tend to use honey instead of sugar and it’s a good book to consult when I have a whole bunch of something and am looking for suggestions on how to preserve it. And for fermentation, Wild Fermentation is my go-to book. But I’d love to explore some others!

  • Well preserved- as a reminder that small batches are easy and great! I use the many bloggers that share their canning, homemade and fermenting recipes For great variety!