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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393240738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393240733
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Don’t think of this book as a how-to-make-jellies-and-jams book but rather a thorough primer on small-scale preservation of all the foods we keep, one that deserves to be in home and restaurant kitchens alike” (Michael Ruhlman, author of Soul of a Chef and Ratio and coauthor of Charcuterie)

“A beautifully produced, encyclopedic guide to preserving and canning.” (Corby Kummer - The Atlantic)

“Brings warm-water canning and pressure canning together for the modern kitchen… An excellent primer and reference with many recipes that put the preserved fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and cheese to good use.” (Michael Ruhlman - Wall Street Journal)

“A terrific compendium…with clear instructions and an authoritative, non-preachy voice.” (Washington Post)

“Barrow has set out to present ‘putting up’ not as a hobby, but as a smart way to supply yourself year-round with better ingredients.” (Saveur)

“A friend in the kitchen is a pleasure, but a friend who’s a mentor and a master is even better. A Mrs. Beeton for the DIY generation, one who guiltlessly inspires you to make all your kitchen staples from scratch, Mrs. Wheelbarrow is a household expert who’s about to become a household name.” (Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, cofounders of Food52.com)

“Cathy Barrow’s is an essential voice in the new conversation we are having about the way we eat. Authoritative and comprehensive, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry brims with sound advice and precise recipes all delivered in the reassuring tone of someone who knows her way around a water bath.” (Spike Gjerde, chef/owner, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore, Maryland)

“I came to this book for its clear, accurate, and unintimidating instructions on all aspects of food preservation. I will keep coming back time after time for Barrow’s lifetime’s worth of delicious recipes for jams, sauces, pickles, and cured meat. They will make my pantry the happiest corner of my kitchen.” (Barry Estabrook, author of Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit)

“A must-have… [a] carefully written book with stunning photos.” (Lee Svitak Dean - Star Tribune)

About the Author

Cathy Barrow is the author of the food blog Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen. She has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Garden and Gun, Southern Living, and NPR, among others. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Dennis, Louie and Morty, the two terriers, and an all-white cat.

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Well written and beautiful pictures as well.
Patricia R Ribera
I'm happy to own this book and look forward to Cathy Barrow coming to town on her book tour.
L. Bennett
If you are wanting to learn about home preserving, this book is what you need.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Clearwater Scuba on November 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
If you're ready to take your cooking skills a little further and make that scary leap where you say, as your friends are over for brunch, 'why yes, I did make the jam! glad you like it! I made the bacon, cheese, pickles, gravlax and ketchup too! enjoy while I go and get those oysters out of the smoker' this is your book. It starts simple, with jams and canned tomatoes, breaking things down before taking you to pickles, then gently to pressure canning and on to preserving meat and fish. Finally, its cheese, my favorite! The recipes teach you methods, show you how, and in lots of cases, tell you why. For example, how make a killer jam with not too much sugar, lots of fruity flavor and how to get it to set. Then, once you know the basics, you can play around and mix the flavors yourself (also, you're told where NOT to mess with things, especially if you want to can something). I've made jam with fruit from the freezer already (nothing like bringing June back on a cold fall day) and now I'm moving onto the cheese recipes. The book gives you the confidence to take that step. Beautiful pictures too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SD on November 6, 2014
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What a gorgeous book filled with practical recipes and techniques. It's written for both novice and more experienced cooks. Cathy gives you ideas of what to do when you bought those three flats of strawberries and made all those jars of jam only to realize that your family of two can eat only so much jam. And those ideas go beyond just giving the jam away as gifts.

The book covers a wide range activities to load up your larder; well, freezer and fridge too. Water bath canning of jams, jellies, pickles and sauces is the first chapter. Then comes pressure canning for those low acid items, like stock, beans and meat. Chapter three will have you making your own bacon as it's about curing brining and smoking. The last chapter is cheese making.

What's really remarkable about the book is how approachable and doable Mrs. Wheelbarrow makes something like making cheese. She's wisely picked items like bacon and whole muscle curing that are on the easier and safer side of Charcuterie.

The recipes are concise and easy to follow. There's additional info in the head notes and the chapter introductions. And there are bonus recipes to use the items you've preserved. Make some crème fraîche and she'll have you make a beautiful kale and potato galette with it.

Those photography is first rate too. I love that the cover is printed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles MacPherson on December 11, 2014
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First and foremost, I LOVE this book. Ok the superlative is a strong opening statement, but I must admit that I have been both canning and pressure canning for only about one year. I have been looking for a book that had more than just pickles, jams and jellies. In fact this is my frustration with the majority of books on the market. They don't focus on the full picture of stocking a pantry. I'm sick of jams and pickles!! However, Mrs. Barrow is brilliant with her concept of a true "pantry" style book. It is both useful, necessary and practical while all the time being a beautifully written, illustrated and designed book. All of the recipes and advice are written in a very user friendly manner and easy for both beginners and expert canners to use and need. My first attempt was to pressure can beef stock. Lengthy in process, but look at the results! I now have a 1 year shelf stable product that will make my life and so much easier. I actually care about my families food and so I have a large organic vegetable garden that I am now canning. This is a MUST HAVE BOOK. Trust me, I own +/- 15 other canning books, and this is at the top of my list. Most of the others I will be giving to the local charity shop to sell as I have no need for them. ENJOY!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol Sacks on November 14, 2014
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Cathy Barrow's new book, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry, is a comprehensive guide for year-round food preservation; it's content-rich and a feast for the eyes, full of lush, gorgeous photographs.

Cathy starts us out easy -- seasonal jams, sauces and such that allow you to put spring and summer on your shelf. Her bonus recipes send you back to your burgeoning pantry so you can put those seasonal treats back on your table after the first fall freeze -- think Jam Tarts, award-winning Sour Cherry Pie at Thanksgiving and Inside-Out Samosas to go with Mango Chutney on a wintery Sunday evening.

You'll move on to pressure-canning -- stocks and soups, for example -- and meat and fish preservation. Yes, you can make your own Pancetta, Gravlax and Canned Tuna. The book concludes with a chapter on cheese-making: homemade ricotta, sour cream, cream cheese and other dairy wonders are within your grasp.

From the cover photo to the step-by-step photos that take you through making fruit preserves to the finished products put to perfect use, photographers Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton bring Cathy's clever recipes and trusted techniques to life.

I've made several recipes: Strawberry-Mango Jam, Apricot Jam with Ginger and Rosemary -- and the bonus recipe for her foccacia, which features that marvelous apricot jam. I made her Bacon-Onion Jam after making her divine Maple-Bourbon Bacon, too. Her Figgy Marmalade is wonderful on toast and even better in her Grilled Cheese, which include Manchego and Fontina Cheeses.

While the bonus recipes feature the basic recipes from each chapter, it's easy to make them by substituting high-quality store-bought ingredients.
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More About the Author

I've been a retailer, a marketing pro, an event planner, a consultant, a landscape designer. Through it all, I've been a passionate cook. My kitchen is where I go to express my creativity. It's where all that I've learned and practiced and tasted - food preservation, ancient ways, modern techniques - mix with my curiosity and the practical need to just make dinner.

I am so proud to see my cookbook and guide to preserving, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry, hit the shelves. The experience of working with legendary editor, Maria Guarnaschelli, and the remarkably talented photography team of Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton was extraordinary. I am grateful for their guidance and the book is all the better for their encouragement.

The book is full of my favorite preserving projects, delicious condiments and pantry basics, cured meats, smoked fish, and fresh and aged cheeses as well as recipes for luxurious appetizers, dazzling desserts and several quick to the table weekday dinners.

I live in Washington, DC, with my mostly vegetarian husband, Dennis, two schnauzer mixes, Louie and Morty, and a white cat named Beans. We live next to Rock Creek Park and share the flower garden with too many deer, raccoon, fox, possum and the occasional coyote to even think about growing vegetables.

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