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 responses to “Giveaway: Preserving Book Bundle”

  1. I love The Joy of Pickling by Linda Ziedrich. I haven’t had as much time to pickle and preserve as I’d like this fall but it’s always a source of year-round inspiration!

  2. I like to find new and exciting recipes online and I have many favorite blogs, but I must confess, if I’m comfortable enough with the ingredient I am more prone to making things up as I go.

  3. Food in Jars is where I go for recipes I trust. I find Marisa
    consistently offers the best, most up to date flavor profiles for my favorite
    preserves and pickles, but also the correct ingredients and
    common sense advice for safe canning –

  4. I like Ashley English for more modern recipes, otherwise, it’s the Ball Blue Book or the county extension for me. I have read the Asian Pickles book, though and would like to start in on fermenting!

  5. Always check things on Food In Jars πŸ˜‰ Love Linda Zeidrich books and her blog for info. Culinarily Eugenius website- there are many with great info out there!

  6. My favorite resource is the Ball canning website. The recipes are trustworthy, delicious, and always turn out right. And such variety!

  7. My Mother, Aunt, and Grandmother. When it comes to canning, they’re the people I keep on speed dial!

  8. Just got Fermented Vegetables from the library – love that it includes recipes for using ferments. Chocolate beet coconut macaroons looks yummy (made with cabbage/beet kraut)

  9. I come here a lot but generally google whatever veg/fruit I want to can and look at several sources and then make my own of them.

  10. I love and I also have found multiple books at my local library that have been helpful.

  11. I love “Food in Jars”!! I actually just checked it out of the library this past week to read and share around with family this week. I think we are going to buy our own copy. πŸ™‚

    • I get a daily email from, that is how I found out about food in jars. It’s my favorite canning book.

  12. Those look like three great books! The internet – and specifically food blogs like yours have given canning a huge boost. I scan through canning and cooking blogs for a lot of my new information. Which does frequently lead to a new book purchase!

  13. Oh definitely Food in Jars, the blog and the latest book Preserving by the Pint, and you Marisa! I’ve overcome my fear of poisoning neighbors and family with my canned jams and jellies using your tips. Thanks!

  14. Food in Jars is still my first go-to, but I also swear by Putting Food By. It’s been around for a decade and is always a great resource.

  15. Putting Food By for classic recipes and techniques. Otherwise another canning book that you once reviewed but I forget the name of, your site and Google!

  16. My first go-to place is Food in Jars because I am always looking to do smaller batch recipes. On the rare occasion I am looking to do something that might not have previously discussed I like visiting “Putting Up With Erin.”

  17. I like “So Easy to Preserve” from the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service because it’s so very comprehensive.

  18. New to canning and don’t have a lot of storage space. Food in Jars is my go to book. And btw thanks for opening my eyes to the delight of lime curd.

  19. I don’t have one particular resource. I check several on the internet, then go to see whatBall and the University of Geougia have to say about canning a specific item.

  20. I have used more of your recipes than any other book/site. I like the size of the batches and you use fun ingredients.

  21. Well, I do searches online to read up on different folks’ take on whatever project I am going to begin. But I almost always cross reference your Food In Jars recipe index. I also have both of your books. Truth!

  22. Honestly, my fave is still your first canning cookbook. I’ve used the recipes many times and it made canning seem approachable.

  23. Currently this website and the USDA canning site are my favorites. I love to look at other ideas, but really have only been canning for two years. I also have my family recipes for pickled beets. So far we love all your recipes we have tried, and the links you share.

  24. My favorite canning resource is the Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachael Saunders. It has great, inventive recipes and beautiful photography.

  25. My current favorites are anything Blue Chair comes out with.

    I just got their Blue Chair Cooks with Jam and have made several things I’ve never done before.

    Apple butter.

    Cajeta. (My local organic nursery has goats and I traded some of my jams for fresh goats milk. I have enough left over to try making cheese)

    I’m ready to adventure beyond fruit.

  26. Of course I love this website and I use the USDA one as well. I did take a class from Cathy Barrow, which I really enjoyed.

  27. My favorite canning resource is my mom. I started getting into canning for sentimental reasons, after my grandmother died last fall. It’s something I remember my mother and grandmother doing together every summer, and now my grandmother is gone and it’s my mother and I doing it. I have to double check all her recipes, though, because some of them are decidedly not USDA approved. πŸ˜‰

  28. I’m just starting to branch out with my preserving by using recipes from friends. My stand-by resource has been the good old Ball Blue Book.

  29. My Mom had taught me how to can using the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving and that is my number 1 go to guide. With all the new canning books out this year, recently purchased Canning For a New Generation by Liana Krissoff. Had a lot of jalapenos this year and followed the recipe for canning Simple Pickled Jalapeno Slices. Opened a can this week and they came out perfect!!

  30. Is it ok if I say Food in Jars? πŸ™‚ The first pickling recipe I made was from Preserving by the Pint, for dilly beans. I also love the Put ‘Em Up! books.

  31. I love YOUR site! It’s true! Yours was the first preserving website I stumbled upon so long ago and I’ve continued to use and enjoy it over the years.

  32. I love both of your books and use them frequently when looking for inspiration and recipes. I also look to Pinterest and my Ball Book. That book pile is tempting me!!!

  33. I have several places I pull from. The Ball books, of course. Food in Jars & Preserving by the Pint, my Instagram inspirations and a friend of mine who also preserves and learned from her grandmother. One can never have too many resources! These would add some more. HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

  34. I’m not trying to curry favor or anything, but … you! this site and both your books have been lifesavers this year, my first year of canning as an adult (and of canning anything other than jam/preserves)

  35. In addition to Marissa, my favorite food preservation resource is my sister, Marty … who paid way more attention to our grandmother’s canning activities when we were kids in the 60s than her big sister did. Although she lives many states away, she often gets called with “what do I do when …?” questions!

  36. The cookbook that got me started making preserved things was Putting Food By. Five editions later and it’s still great!

  37. Your website!! And Canning for a New Generation was the first book I bought. Two of the three in this bundle are on my to buy next list. Would be fantastic to add them to my collection.

  38. My favorite canning resource used to be my mother until she passed. I would always call her if I had a question or just to share what I had canned that day. She loved your Nectarine Lime Jam. I would send her a few jars every time I made it.

  39. The best resources I’ve found and use a lot are USDA – Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving and the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.

  40. I would say two things, a old Kerr canning book copyright 1953-72 and the internet. This years garden was very good, 400 jars I managed to put up! Please enter me in your give away. All three of those books look good!

  41. I started out with the Ball Guide to Preserving, but my first go-to for canning recipes nowadays is Food in Jars. πŸ™‚

  42. My favorite go to is the National Center For Home Food Preservation if I can’t find it at Food in Jars and my favorite book “Preserving by the Pint”.

  43. I have to say that this website is one of my favourite resources – but I also use the for my basic canning peaches/ pears instructions.

  44. Latley I I have been turning to this website for inspiration but for years I have relied on The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery

  45. Well, this site for sure! Otherwise, I get a notion for what I want to make and then do a general internet search…like, surely someone has pickled cauliflower or made some fantastic concord grape jam…I sometimes search through foodgawker also.

    • My food preservation resource would be Sanjeev Kapoor’s website and books, my mom’s recipes πŸ™‚ and I visit your site often.

  46. My favorite food preservation resource is this website! And also the many amazing cookbooks that have come out in recent years. In addition to Food in Jars, I really like Eugenia Bone’s Well Preserved, and Put ‘Em Up.

  47. Honestly, my #1 go-to site is yours and your Food in Jars cookbook. But I also reference my Ball Canning books and a select group of friends quite heavily. I don’t have a good go-to site for fermenting – I would like to change that.

  48. Your website has been a huge help in getting started with canning and preserving! I love the recipes for small batches. It’s much more manageable and easy to understand than trying to can on a large scale! I would love to expand my cooking bookshelf with these books!

  49. Actually food in jars has been my go to since I started canning. I appreciate the unique flavors and small batch recipes! Thanks!

  50. The ball blue book and stocking up-how to preserve the foods you grow naturally. πŸ™‚ I am new to your book Food in Jars for apples this year, thank you!

  51. My favorite is the notebook that I am putting together indexing all my favorite recipes in all my cookbooks along with all of my faves from the internet printed out and sheet protected. It keeps me from searching through all my cookbooks for my “one favorite recipe”:-)

  52. My favorite preserving resource right now is It is full of recipes and advice on fermentation, with beautiful photos.

  53. I love your advice which includes leading me to new sources and websites. My kimchee recipe, however, was shared by a family friend who married a nice lady from Korea, so it’s very authentic.

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