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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street (1 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902304721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902304724
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marguerite Patten is Britain's top selling cookery writer with sales totalling over 17 million copies. She pioneered easy-to-follow- recipes with her All Colour Cookery. She lives in Sussex.

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
Once again Marguerite has come forth with a practical guide to home preserving. Good traditional recipes with clear instructions. It also gives one the confidence to strike forth and make recipes of your own.
This is certainly worth the money.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By kirstack on 20 July 2004
Format: Paperback
There is nothing more satisfying than making your own jam! It's a quicker process than you might imagine and the results are well worth the effort. When you use this book you feel that the author is with you in the kitchen, guiding your jam stirring arm, and reassuring you with her clearly written instructions.
I highly recommend it (and the pleasures of jam making) to you!
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jon D VINE VOICE on 25 April 2007
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A very carefully written, easily understood & clearly presented guide to home manufacture of jams, chutneys, pickles and a few other interesting preserves.

Patten explains how to approach even the more difficult jams an conserves in a confident manner that suggests failure is an imposibility (which, if you follow the intructions, it probably is!) and I have yet to have a failure with any of her recipes.

Something I particularly like is the variations she offers to her basic recipes - when dealing with a fruit glut it is a nice thing to have some slightly different jams to put into the cupboard.

Overall an excellent choice for both a beginner (she happily assumes no previous knowledge) and for a more experienced cook looking for new ideas.

Recommended without hesitation.
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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful By eggbound on 5 Feb. 2005
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Un-illustrated(for the majority of the book), however, it is, eloquently what it claims to be. And Marguerite, as usual, doesn't fail to complete her task. With literally hundreds of recipes and variations included in this book, it is a handbook, and all the basics are covered for making jams, marmalades, chutneys, pickles and much more.
'Golden Rules' for success are included, hints and tips and guides to equipment, ingredients and techniques. Ideal for the beginner to steer to accomplishment, and great as an idea book for the more advanced 'preserver'.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Wendophilous on 4 July 2007
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I really like this book. Although I've not had it all that long, I've refered to it countless times already and know that it will be my preserving book of choice from henceforth.
Not only are there some really interesting and different recipes and ideas, but I also find it quite inspiring. It's the sort of book that gives you the encouragement to go away and play with your own ideas without being afraid of messing up.
It tells you what you need, what to do, what not to do, and is realy quite fail-safe. It's quite old-fashioned and has no exciting, glossy pictures, but instead is filled with excellent recipes laid out simply and clearly.
Not for your coffee table but definitely one to refer to over and over again.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By KenPro on 8 Sept. 2003
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This is a superb book with zillions of recipes for everything and all of the 'technical' info presented in readable form. If you buy just one book on preserving let this be it!
Ken
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Brooks on 21 July 2009
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This unassuming and unflashy book is the only one you will ever need to buy on the subject. As well as providing peerless practical advice on equipment, preparation and materials, it also gives recipes and variants for pretty much any type of fruit and veg you'll ever encounter. It includes detailed instructions on what to do when things go wrong, how to freeze various types of fruit, how to make jam from frozen fruit (it has lower pectin), how much jam you can expect to make from a lb of your particular fruit, various ways to test for setting, how to make fruit syrups, how to make flavoured vinegars, how to make jam with various combinations of fruits etc etc etc.
Don't buy a new, flashy, trendy, expensive book - this one has everything you'll ever need to know. And, it's well made: mine often sits face down on the kitchen surface while I'm calculating how much water and sugar to add, and it's still tightly bound after a few years.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Jam Queen on 29 Jun. 2010
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If you only ever buy one preserving book in your life make it this one. Wether you're just beginning with making jams, or like me you've been doing it for more than 30 years, you will never go wrong with this book.
Marguerite holds your hand explaining clearly and concisely what to do and when. If you've goofed up she tells you how to fix it. There are no cute and fluffy pictures or unnecessary wordage and the suggestions for variations is inspiring
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