Craft Book Giveaway – Williams-Sonoma: The Art of Preserving

by Kelsey Norwood

in Giveaways

THE PRIZE

the art of preserving

One reader will win a copy of The Art of Preserving: Sweet & savory recipes to enjoy seasonal produce year-round.

MY REVIEW

I love preserving and I love this book. It’s my new favorite preserving book and here’s why:

  • the recipes.
  • the reference materials.
  • the design.

I’ve browsed my fair share of canning/preserving books, and many of them are an absolute bore to read and the recipes can be…interesting. I’m a very practical preserver, and I want tried and true recipes that use standard ingredients to make fabulous results, and I can tell upon first browsing that this cookbook has those elements.

Not only does this book have preserving recipes, it also has recipes for using your preserves like

  • Yogurt Parfaits with Berry Jam & Granola
  • Pecan-Apricot Thumbprint Cookies
  • Blueberry-Plum Jam Turnovers
  • Ham with Ginger-Peach Glaze
  • Pulled Pork with Spicy Peach-Mustard Sauce
  • Spiced Pumpkin Butter Bread
  • Spaghettini with Tomato-Basil Sauce and on and on…

Recipes

There are 134 recipes in total and there are some new ones I’ve never seen before like Nectarine Preserves, Kiwi-Lemon Jam, Meyer Lemon Jelly, Tomatillo Salsa, etc. And I finally have some recipes I trust for staples like Apple Pie Filling, Plum/Strawberry/Mixed Berry/Peach Jams.

The authors emphasize small batch canning to get the best results. Preserving can seem overwhelming because I usually do a ton of each recipe which ends up making the whole process very laborious. This book has convinced me that I can do small batches of lots of different recipes to have more variety in my pantry.

Reference

The background/supplementary information is basic and sensibly presented. There’s a section on the basics of home canning, the basics of fruit spreads and pickling, and tips from pros on everything in between.

Design

The Art of Preserving is usable – it’s the perfect size for carrying around or laying open on the counter and the recipes are presented by category in alphabetical order with full page color photos. Nearly every recipe has its own full page BEAUTIFUL color photo and photos are what make the cookbook, right?!?

This book is exactly what I’d expect from Williams-Sonoma – reliable recipes, essential information, and beautiful design. And just in time for all your summer canning!

GIVEAWAY RULES

  • Visit  Williams-Sonoma.com
  • Make a comment on this post telling me why you’d like to win before midnight Tuesday, August 3.
  • A winner will be selected and announced at the top of this post on Wednesday.
  • Only one comment per person unless you earn extra entries.
  • Giveaway open only to residents of the continental United States…sorry.
  • Winners must email me to claim their prize within 5 days.

EARN EXTRA ENTRIES

You may earn 1 extra entry each for doing the following (make a separate comment for each thing you do):

GOOD LUCK and THANKS!

{This product was provided to Vanilla Joy for review purposes.}

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1 Melinda Wilson July 28, 2010 at 8:16 am

I haven’t completed any type of canning in years but I use to help my mom and grandmother all the time with all types of “putting up veggies and fruit”. I would love to start this and I need some guidance so this would be a great book to help.

2 Staci Jones July 28, 2010 at 8:31 am

I love canning, but I only have one book and would love another fabulous one.

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6 Brianne July 28, 2010 at 8:50 am

I just started canning and I LOVE it. This book would be perfect for me! Thanks for the chance!

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11 Danielle E. July 28, 2010 at 9:01 am

I love to preserve the stuff for our garden and am always on the lookout for new and different recipes and these sound yummy and I’d love to try them.

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13 Aunt LoLo July 28, 2010 at 9:02 am

Oh, how I would love to win this!! We just moved (back) to Seattle, from the East Coast. One of the things I miss MOST about the East Coast is…the Williams-Sonoma outlet. *sigh* I may never find that quality, for those prices, again!

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17 Ruth M July 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

I need canning help!

18 AJ DUB July 28, 2010 at 11:03 am

I am jealous of my sister’s canning abilities and this might help me catch up. :) Please let it be me!! I need to learn to can peaches and cherries and blueberries and blackberries and a whole pile of other stuff.

19 Sue D July 28, 2010 at 11:58 am

This looks like a wonderful book–I like that it has recipes using your preserved items. I can/preserve a lot and would love some new inspiration.

20 Haley July 28, 2010 at 11:59 am

I LOVE THIS BOOK, I saw it at costco, but couldn’t afford to buy it :(/ Please pick me.

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24 jengd July 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I’d love to have some new and unusual recipes for jams and jellies and some of these sound great! I’m starting to get into the canning mood so this would be a fabulous book to have!

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31 Chris July 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I shop at the farmer’s market like some people shop the mall. I see so many wonderful looking fruits and veggies that I always end up buying to much to eat before it goes bad. Hence – this book would come in handy!

32 Keri July 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I had a canning disaster awhile ago and desperately need some guidance.

33 Sara July 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I love William Sonoma and didn’t even know they made this cook book. I have recently started making jam and took a class on it. I would love to broaden my horizons and try some chutneys and new recipes.

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36 Kimberly July 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm

This would be a great addition to my collection. I like the pictures that go with the instruction.

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42 Aimee Hardy July 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I planted my first garden this summer and am excited to start learning to preserve. This book would be great. Thanks!

43 Kristi Scherzinger July 29, 2010 at 8:44 am

I would like to have this book because we have so much fresh fruit now, and it would be a great way to learn how to preserve the food for the winter.

44 Elizabeth July 29, 2010 at 9:05 am

I love canning and so does my sister. Would make a nice gift.

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49 Leadra July 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Love Williams Sonoma! I have made some jams and jellies, but mostly the freezer type. I would love this cookbook!

50 Some Lucky Dog July 29, 2010 at 10:04 pm

We’re working on getting a garden space done this summer so we can plant some goodness next year. I’d love this book for ideas on how to make it last all year long!

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60 Chanelle July 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Would love to learn to preserve fruits.

61 Kathy Mc July 31, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Totally enjoy the fruits of my labor with delicious results of canning fruits. Never heard of this book but would love to be the lucky winner. Thanks for the giveaway!

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64 Theresa N August 1, 2010 at 9:20 am

This looks like a great book for using my fresh produce.

65 Diane S August 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Love to try the jams, Looks like a great book
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67 jeri August 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Oh. My. Gosh. I would love this more than anything.

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69 Jennifer M August 2, 2010 at 11:03 am

With our tight budget, I’m going to be doing a lot of canning and preserving this year.

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72 Darcy B August 2, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I just started canning–and I need some help and inspiration–I would love to get my hands on this book!

73 Torri M. August 3, 2010 at 7:41 am

I would love to win this! I’ve been wanting to learn about canning, this book sure would be a good place to start!

74 Torri M. August 3, 2010 at 7:42 am

I really want to start canning–this book would be so perfect to help me know where to start!

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78 Allison August 3, 2010 at 8:44 am

I’d love to win this because my boyfriend and I have started making jam together.

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80 Gina L. August 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I’ve always wanted to preserve and can but needed some guidance. This book would be a big help!

81 Paula Hafner August 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I’ve taught myself to can. I would love some more ideas and recipes.

82 Colleen August 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I just attended a class last night about home canning! Talk about timing… I discovered your blog about 15 minutes ago, and am subscribing. I would LOVE to win this giveaway so I have lots of recipes to use now that I know what equipment I need and how to use it.

83 Kathy Daniels August 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I used to can with my mom growing up. Now that I have my own family, I’ve started canning. My friends and I in RS love to share canning recipes and can together. Now that I live far from any family, I have to do it on my own. I would love some recipes that call for ingredients I have at home (not crazy ingredients I’ve never heard of) and so I can preserve what harvest I received from our little garden. I love your blog!

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