Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Year in a Bottle by Sally Wise

Sally Wise is a regular guest on ABC Local Radio in Hobart. She has been a passionate preserver of fruits and vegetables for over three decades and has taught cooking classes for adults and high school students. In A Year in a Bottle Sally brings together a mouthwatering collection of more than 100 of her favourite recipes for preserves, conserves, sauces, relishes and pickles. The collection is enhanced by Sally's anecdotes of how various recipes came into her possession and how she has adapted them over the years. This is not a glossy coffee table book, but rather an extremely practical collection of recipes, tips and advice that will be useful to the complete beginner or the seasoned home preserver. It explains the various preserving methods clearly with a great troubleshooting section for any dilemma you might come across. You'll be inspired to give it a go and fill your pantry with bottles of fruits and sauces and jars of pickles and chutneys that can be enjoyed year round. I can heartily recommend the tomato chilli pickles and am seriously considering trying the 'sparkling rhubarb fizz'. My rhubarb plant is miraculously thriving in this drought and there is only so much rhubarb and apple pie one family can eat!

Rating - I give this 4/5 GREAT!!

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Reviewed by Julie @ Wendouree Library

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