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Book Review (Canning & Preserving by Ashley English)

I recently finished reading Canning & Preserving by Ashley English. This is one of a number of books English has written in the Homemade Living series. This 133 page book is a helpful guide for those interested in food preservation.

One of the aspects that I enjoyed about the book is that it set up so that the reader experiences quick burst of meaningful literature. The layout reminded me of a blog or a website and in this particular case that is not a bad thing.

The book covers everything from equipment needed to the science of canning safety. It also contains recipes and up close portraits of those who have experience canning. Descriptions and techniques are provided for jams, jellies, preserves, marmalade and fruit butters as well as conserves and curds.

This book is certainly worth having on ones bookshelf regardless of your interest whether it is health, cutting food cost or self-sufficiency this short read covers it.

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Book Review (The Complete Gardener by Monty Don)

Every so often one is able to discover a true gem of a book. The Complete Gardener by Monty Don happens to be one of those rare reads.

The author covers a year in his English gardens. Though he discusses a number of subjects that you may find in any good organic gardening book such as soil health, seed starting techniques and recipes it is the manner in which he presents the material. Monty Don is an inspired man with a fantastic sense of humor, a depth of knowledge, and truthfully is as talented with the pen as he is in the garden. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, not to find yourself motivated by his appreciation for the smallest details of gardening. Our family garden has experienced a number of small but significant changes stemming from his influence. We now have more established boundaries and paths in the gardens. We have embraced the idea that it exist well beyond the summer and though we have long dreary winters it is possible to stimulate the senses visually w…