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Garden Answers (UK) - - Celebrate - Home­grown pantry by Bar­bara Pleas­ant (£22.95, Storey Pub­lish­ing)

GOURMET GROW­ERS faced with an an­nual glut will rel­ish this timely guide to grow­ing for the pantry. The book covers all the ba­sic food preser­va­tion tech­niques, in­clud­ing use­ful sec­tions on how to com­bat freezer burn, dry­ing for stor­age, fer­ment­ing veg and mak­ing de­li­cious chewy fruit leathers. Chap­ters then pro­ceed by tak­ing each of the com­mon veg, fruit and herbs in turn and look­ing at which cul­ti­vars to choose for best stor­age and taste, how many to plant to keep your pantry stocked for a year, how best to grow and har­vest them. All the stor­age op­tions are con­sid­ered, along­side de­li­cious­sound­ing recipes. There’s cer­tainly plenty of food for thought. ✿✿✿✿

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