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Preserving Food Witho... BFO-1770


Centre Terre Vivante, 2007, 197 pp.
Formerly titled "Keeping Food Fresh" Compiled in France by 150 organic gardeners and recently translated into English, this is a collection of recipes for storing produce without canning, freezing, or other mechanical techniques. Included are drying, fermentation, root cellaring, pickling, preserving in wine, and other techniques used for generations that preserve food simply are as close to fresh as possible, and require no electricity. From The Publisher Typical books about preserving garden produce nearly always assume that modern "kitchen gardeners" will boil or freeze their vegetables and fruits. Yet here is a book that goes back to the future—celebrating traditional but little-known French techniques for storing and preserving edibles in ways that maximize flavor and nutrition. Translated into English, and with a new foreword by Deborah Madison, this book deliberately ignores freezing and high-temperature canning in favor of methods that are superior because they are less costly and more energy-efficient. As Eliot Coleman says in his foreword to the first edition, "Food preservation techniques can be divided into two categories: the modern scientific methods that remove the life from food, and the natural 'poetic' methods that maintain or enhance the life in food. The poetic techniques produce... foods that have been celebrated for centuries and are considered gourmet delights today." Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning offers more than 250 easy and enjoyable recipes featuring locally grown and minimally refined ingredients. It is an essential guide for those who seek healthy food for a healthy world.

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