The River Cottage Preserves Handbook - I discovered this book a few years ago during canning season.  I was searching the internet for tomato sauce recipes and came upon a link to Roasted Tomato Passata and I have never looked back.  Since I liked this recipe so much I made the decision to purchase the book which has provided a variety of canning and preserving recipes that have become a staple in my home.  


In this new addition to the award-winning collection, River Cottage master preserver Pam Corbin helps you transform the abundance of your garden (and your friends’ and neighbors’ gardens) into everything from jams and jellies to vinegars and sauces.

The River Cottage farm, established by British food personality Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to promote high-quality, seasonal, and sustainable food, has inspired a television series, restaurants and classes, and a hit series of books. Now, with The River Cottage Preserves Handbook, learn to make everything from simple Strawberry Jam to scrumptious new combinations like Honeyed HazelnutsNasturtium “Capers,” Onion MarmaladeSpiced Brandy Plums, and Elixir of Sage, plus a pantry full of butters, curds, pickles, chutneys, cordials, and liqueurs.

This batch of passata was made with onions since I didn't have shallots on hand.  DO NOT MAKE THIS MISTAKE!!  Passata is always so much better made with shallots.


1000 Vegetarian Recipes - This is a very well rounded cook book to have on your shelf.  I have found the introduction quite useful in addition to many favorite recipes that I go to over and over again.  The easiest focaccia bread recipe I use is on page 424; however, I use 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour versus the 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour.  I find the use of all-purpose flour creates a much lighter bread.I 

Publisher Comments

1,000 Vegetarian Recipes Have you been searching for a collection of delicious vegetarian recipes? What about easy-to-prepare vegetarian recipes, or those that are healthful? Then 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes is the book for you—no other vegetarian cookbook comes even close. Author Carol Gelles has spent years creating recipes for a variety of tastes and needs, whether you're a beginner vegetarian, long-time vegetarian, or someone trying to eat meatless meals just a couple of times each week for better health. If you're a vegan (a vegetarian who doesn't eat eggs or dairy products), you've probably been frustrated in the past by vegetarian cookbooks that don't address your needs. Again, no other cookbook offers you as many choices as 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes, with hundreds of vegan recipes throughout (all clearly marked with a "V" at the tops of the recipes). And many of the lacto-ovo vegetarian recipes include vegan variations. You probably already know that the vegetarian lifestyle is a healthy one, but if you're looking specifically for low-fat recipes, those dishes are specially marked with a "healthy heart" symbol for easy reference. In addition to the 1,000 recipes, Gelles offers a bounty of information on vegetarian food, including cooking charts for beans and grains; shopping lists for stocking the vegetarian pantry; a glossary of ingredients; a lesson on the health benefits of a meatless diet; and menu-planning advice, with menu suggestions for every taste—Chinese, French, Mexican, Indian, and more. Whether you already own a dozen vegetarian cookbooks, or this will be your first, 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes is the one cookbook a vegetarian can't do without. A Few of the Delicious Meatless Recipes
  • Olive Caviar
  • Black Bean Hummus
  • Corn Fritters
  • Leek and Wild Rice Soup
  • Stuffed Young Eggplants
  • Spiced Couscous with Diced Vegetables
  • Springtime Pasta
  • Bulgur with Summer Squash
  • Mushroom-Leek Tart
  • Lentil Shepherd's Pie
A Main Selection of the Doubleday Health Book Club and a Featured Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild Doubleday Book Club and Crossings Book Club.