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Cookbook Review: Preserving by the Pint by Marisa McClellan

  When I was growing up we did canning and preserving. Canning meant pickles. “Preserving” was word rarely used. We “made jam.” Strawberry jam. Sometimes it was exotic: we added rhubarb. Sometimes we even made raspberry jam. And the pickles, well, maybe there was a sprig of dill added and a tablespoon from a box…

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Throwback Thursday Cookbook Review: Sweet Minatures by Flo Braker

  It’s Throwback Thursday and time for some a great oldie. This week we are doubling down. The book itself is from 1991 but the genesis is the 1970s. Flo Braker started a baking business that was so special, so outrageously wonderful that she was featured in a Bon Appetit article in 1979. Her “miniatures”…

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Cookbook Review: A Century of British Cooking by Marguerite Patten

This is a lovely and important book. Now, I know what you are thinking. British cuisine? Isn’t it, well, you know rather not terrific? Stop it. Stop it now. You need some tolerance and some curiosity. And when you absorb this book’s lively history lesson, your entire attitude will change. We have underrated and underappreciated…

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Cookbook Review: Spice Odyssey by Paul Merrett

You are very likely see a copy of Spice Odyssey by Paul Merrett. I’ve been in several bookstores and Spice Odyssey is given prominent placement. You cannot miss the book lying on the “New Arrivals” table. The cover features a mortar and pestle. Not the pristine marble and marble pairing you first think of. No,…

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