Monday, October 22, 2012

The Pickled Pantry - Andrea Chesman + GIVEAWAY

Summary: Why limit yourself to cucumbers when pickling brings out the best in so many vegetables and fruits? Andrea Chesman offers dozens of zesty possibilities in this comprehensive guide to pickling that features recipes for the crisp cucumbers you've always loved -- dills, half-sours, bread and butters -- plus delicious ideas for pickling everything from carrots to rhubarb, cabbage to pineapple.

It doesn't matter whether you have a few fresh-picked cucumbers or ten pounds of beets. Single-jar recipes big-harvest ideas, relishes, chutneys, fermented pickles and krauts, and freezer and refrigerator varieties provide pickling solutions for every situation. And once your pantry is fully stocked, Chesman provides recipes for 35 delicious ways to use your pickles in prepared dishes. Cover image from www.BN.com, summary from book
 
My Review: I have to admit, I was hesitant when offered this book. I'm a huge Andrea Chesman fan, but pickling really isn't my thing. I accepted it out of pure curiosity, (and because I'm a huge Andrea Chesman fan) and was pleasantly surprised to have a to-do list stuck on the inside when I finished browsing through it. Like her other books, it's a great resource if you've got a fruit or vegetable you're not sure what to with. Plus, it's packed with all kinds of information about pickling and canning.

In addition to pickles (and pickled vegetables) she has recipes for salsas and relishes, which caught my eye. Next on my list is her tomatillo salsa and tomato relish! (Because my tomato plants have NOT gotten the memo and are still spewing fruit.)

I already tried her Homemade Sauerkraut recipe last spring because that recipe was also in Recipes from the Root Cellar (along with the Hot German Potato Salad with Sauerkraut which is also in both books). From this book I made the Napa Cabbage and Carrot Kimchi. My husband is a fan of kimchi, so I did it for him. (True love) While I don't think I'll be gobbling this stuff up by the bowl full, it's a great spicy-pickly garnish for salads, sandwiches, stir-frys, and even tacos. Yep, tacos.

If there's anything you've ever wanted to pickle, chances are you'll find what you need in this book. Plus recipes to use them in once they're finished!

My Rating: 5

Sum it up: The perfect book for all things pickled.

                                                                     

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK?

It'll make all of your pickling dreams come true. We promise.

To enter to win you must:
  • Leave a comment on this post with your contact information and tell us how much you love pickles. Or sauerkraut. Or kimchi. Or just tell us how much you love Reading for Sanity. That works, too.

Eligibility:  This giveaway is open to US/CAN residents only.  It will run from October 22nd, 2012 to October 29th, 2012 at 8:00 PM, PST.  The winner will be chosen randomly, posted publicly, and contacted swiftly to arrange shipping. Reading For Sanity reserves the write to disqualify any entrant for not following the rules or just being a giant pain in the tush.


33 comments:

gail said...

love kim chi with hot rice
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Gwen said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I've made quick-pickled red onions and cucumbers, both of which I actually loved, but I've never thought of pickling anything else. I'm a big fan of Andrea Chesman's roasted vegetable cookbook (and of Perry's Plate, of course!), so I'm sure I could find more than a few recipes in this book that would pique my interest. :)

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Kelly said...

My favorite would be dill pickles. thanks!

Patty Woodland said...

Oh well, I'll go first. I currently pickle beets, cucumbers, zucchini and carrots but am open to suggestions on anything - oh, and cauliflower - especially when the garden comes it like it did this year and I'm pondering a counter full of produce and screaming, "WHAT IN GOD'S NAME AM I GOING TO DO WITH ALL OF THIS?!"

Thanks for the opportunity to win
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VAS said...

I love pickled jalapenos, peppers, and Pickles..:)

Kim said...

Ooh pickles! My host mom in Japan made the best onion pickles. And we made sauerkraut in biology class once - YUM! :) marusempai AT gmail DOT com

Manday said...

I love Sauerkraut... and Kimchi!

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Aleisha Z. Coleman said...

Great review! I love all things of vinegary goodness and would to add to my repertoire! Zucchini pickles were my fav this year! Have to try the kimchee...aleishaz1@gmail.com

Emily said...

Dude, I would actually USE this!! Pick me, random number generator!

Anonymous said...

not a big fan of pickles but i would like to learn more about the possibilites of pickling other veggies and even fruit. (who even knew there was pickled fruit???)

fruitcrmble AT comcast DOT net

Michelle Stephens said...

Sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles are all things I love to can. Thanks for hosting this giveaway :) anothermichelle@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I'd really love to win this book! Great givewaway!


mageborn1975@yahoo.com - Alina

Anonymous said...

Great stuff. I'd love to pickle some stuff and I think this book would help me.


connsean@yahoo.com

Sean

Heidi Babi said...

This book looks fantastic! I have developed a pickling/canning/preserving habit over the past couple of years that has included the basics (canning peaches and pears), has expanded to making homemade sauerkraut, and has also included adventures in pickled turmeric daikon... which was delicious, by the way! I was even given a 5 gallon old-fashioned crock, complete with weighting stones just to feed the habit. So needless to say, I am very interested in this book!
My contact info: hbabi77@yahoo.com

Heidi

Elizabeth Ornbaum said...

This would be an amazing cook book to own! You would be making 2 happy familes (my in laws love pickled foods also) if I was chosen to win this.

Elizabeth Ornbaum said...

YES, I would love to win a copy of this book! You'd be making two happy households if I got my hands on this book, because my in-laws also love pickled things. My Father-In-Law especially loves KIMCHI!

Uma the Great said...

My love of pickels is limitless, I've tried sour pickels in Maine, garlic pickels from the steet vendor in DC, and lemon pickels from my Indian friend. I say yumm to them all. Most reciently, my sister gave me a newly jared Hungarian Pickel which she would not share her recipe - so, I'd love to win this book and make her envious! Thanks

Uma the Great said...

I love pickels! I try all types and can recall the tastes. I've tried sour pickels in Maine, garlic pickels in DC, and Lemon Pickels from my Indian friend. Most recently, my sister gave me some fresh Hungarian Pickels that she jared. I loved them. She would not share the recipe. Winning this book would make her very envious!

Loretta E. said...

I'm so in love with homemade sauerkraut and I've been wanting to try kimchi for a while, but I just haven't gotten around to it...It sounds so delightful though.

Shannon @ Some Fine Taters said...

I love pickles & kraut & playing around with fermentation!!

yellowfinns at gmail

Manda said...

I have only ever made my own sauerkraut, which is delicious, and I would love to venture into other things like salsas and kimchi. But the pickles and pickled vegetables have my mouth watering, and would be my first endevour because that is what my pregnancy is demanding. :) Amanda - amanda@balancedlivingvancouver.com

Anne Bennion said...

I love pickles, and relish, and most things pickled! And I love Reading for Sanity! My email is domestcgoddess at hotmail dot com. (And yes, there really is no "i" in the word domestic in my email address.)

Kathe Bitz said...

Wow! My mouth is watering! I came from good 'ol Southern Watermelon Rind Pickle roots, and married into a German Sauerkraut family, and together we brew Kombucha and drink Kefir! Noticed a Kimchi Camp at this year's Burning Man...definitely gotta make some of my "summer" kimchi to take next year! You wrote this book for me, didn't you? We're just like 2 bumps on a pickle!

brenda said...

I would love to win a copy of the book so that I could make sauerkraut, I buy the bottled stuff at the store which is ok but im sure home made is GREAT! and better for you too! Thanks for a great giveaway! Brenda bydubois10@yahoo.com

Sarah said...

I love my grandma's homemade pickles!

Kirsten said...

I love pickles and have recently become a fan of kimchi. This book sounds great!
kessna6(at)yahoo(dot)com

Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming said...

i've never tried kimchi, but i'd love to! i LOVE pickles!

Sonia said...

I love pickled radishes. They are great in sandwiches, or I can just eat them plain.

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Thanks!

Landen said...

What a cool book! I would love to add this to my collection of cookbooks! landen.cloakroom@gmail.com

sarahem said...

Pickled cauliflower and pickled asparagus are about my favorite things ever. Oh, pickled garlic, too!

traveler said...

I enjoy pickles, especially half-sours, and sauerkraut. Love the post. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

Pickles go with everything especially pastrami, smoked meat and smoked salmon. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Carrie Elmore said...

I love pickles. I really want to try making my own but I'm finding it a bit intimidating.

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