Presented by Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe & Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Kevin West, author of Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving, will be reading and signing his book at Malaprop's on Monday, July 29 at 7 p.m.
Kevin West is from rural Blount County in eastern Tennessee. He attended Deep Springs, an experimental college in the White Mountains of California, and Sewanee: The University of the South. For thirteen years he was on the staff at W magazine, with postings in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles, where he was West Coast editor and where he still lives. He runs the blog SavingtheSeason.com; writes about food, culture, and travel; and produces a retail collection of jams and marmalades. He is certified as a Master Food Preserver by the University of California Cooperative.
Are too many plums falling from a local tree? Beans gone wild in the garden? Or maybe you just crave the perfect pickle or can't stand the idea of only tasting cherries a few weeks a year. It may be time to dive into canning, fermenting, pickling and preserving. These are the tastes of Kevin West's Southern childhood that inspired him to "save the season".
In this book, filled with beautiful photos, are 220 recipes for sweet and savory jams, pickles, cordials, cocktails, candies, and more. Saving the Season is the ultimate guide for cooks -- from the novice to the professional -- and the only book you need to save (and savor) the season throughout the entire year.
"This cookbook is unlike any other on my shelf. West approaches his topic with a reporter's attention to detail and a poet's sensibility; it's less a canning tutorial and cookbook than it is a collection of absorbing personal essays, literary excerpts, explications of culinary history, and friendly advice, all of which happens to be punctuated by appealing, easy-to-follow recipes." --Saveur.com
"The secret corner where nostalgia meets innovation is where all food thinkers do their best work. Kevin West carves out that nook for you. . . . Traditional and quirky alike, Saving the Season is an endearing, romantic, and most of all practical resource for everyone. I, for one, am inspired and obsessed!" --Christina Tosi, author of Momofuku Milk Bar
"Saving the Season is smart, romantic, poetic and practical"..A damned good read and gorgeous photos, too." --David Tanis, author of A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes.