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The secret to Bergamot Marmalade, West writes, is diluting the powerful flavor of bergamot until it?s palatable.
Photo by Kevin West.
Conserves are made with dried fruits and nuts and make a great accompaniment to meats and cheeses. Here, plums to be made into Mirabelle Plum Conserve.
Photo by Kevin West.
Summer sandwiches are even better accompanied by a crispy homemade dill spear--and they're easy to make.
Photo and recipe excerpted from Saving the Season by Kevin West. Copyright © 2013 by Kevin West. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
West's lush images of plums bring to mind a favorite poem.
Photo excerpted from Saving the Season by Kevin West. Copyright © 2013 by Kevin West. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Angeleno Kevin West has long been a man with his finger on the pulse. As a W magazine writer for 13 years, his globe-trotting reportage chronicled the stylish set.
But for the past few years, West has been a tastemaker of a different sort. These days he?s a home-canning evangelist who has authored the brand-new canning manual-cum-memoir Saving the Season.
Flipping through the book (which is named after his blog), we understood why West has no shortage of RSVPs for his home canning parties in Laurel Canyon. The native Tennessean is a born storyteller, whether describing legendary food writer M.F.K. Fisher?s way of preserving tomatoes or his road trip to West Virginia to join a family that digs up wild onions. He?s a talented photographer (can cooking really be that serene-looking?). And he?s got good taste: Specifically, 220 delicious recipes from the simple (cucumber dill spears and chips, recipe here) to the complex (savory crab-apple jelly).
This book is so beautiful and fun to read that it?s become our summertime coffee-table book. See for yourself when you meet West in person tonight at Skylight Books at 7:30 p.m.
Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave.; 323-660-1175 or savingtheseason.com
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