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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful tribute to the satisfying craft of making jams!, 18 Sep 1998
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This review is from: Well Preserved: A Jam Making Hymnal (Paperback)
The fact that there are recipes in this little jewel of a book is just a sweet bonus! This book is the poetic and poignant description of one woman's philosophical journey into the empty-nest phase of a rich, abundant life. Because she is also newly widowed, the story is just slightly washed with a light gray sadness -- the same color as the sky over the ocean in November in Massachusetts where the writing is set. Being the grandaughter of Mormon pioneers (big preservers of food), I completely related to the author's description of the jam-making process as a soulful, meditative craft that at once is productive and therapeutic. The way she describes the sound of children laughing when picking apples, and her own delight at discovering wild cranberries on the sand dune is so moving and real that you can almost feel the wind on your face. It reads quickly (I read it in traffic every morning) and is one of those books to just glance at every now and then for an injection of joy. I loved it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Inspirational, 1 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Well Preserved: A Jam Making Hymnal (Paperback)
When I bought this book I had no idea how to make or process jams. The instructions are easy to follow and the results are fantastic. I have noticed that 1 1/2 packages of pectin is sometimes too much, but the final product is still very edible. This book has inspired me to have a pantry filled with all sorts of goodies that I have made. I have also learned that just showing up for life every day and making the best of things as they are is essential for my happiness. Yes, this is a book about making jam, but it is also about making an anjoyable life for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Inspirational, 1 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Well Preserved: A Jam Making Hymnal (Paperback)
When I bought this book I had no idea how to make or process jams. The instructions are easy to follow and the results are fantastic. I have noticed that 1 1/2 packages of pectin is sometimes too much, but the final product is still very edible. This book has inspired me to have a pantry filled with all sorts of goodies that I have made. I have also learned that just showing up for life every day and making the best of things as they are is essential for my happiness. Yes, this is a book about making jam, but it is also about making an anjoyable life for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely beautiful recipes, 11 July 1998
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This review is from: Well Preserved: A Jam Making Hymnal (Paperback)
Like most people who do labor intensive archaic tasks, Joan Hassol has turned it into a creative, meditative act of love. For any serious preserver, the book is worth the price for the creative, unusual way Hassol combines fruits and spice. As for the "hymnal" part, well, that appears to be a way of fleshing this out into something more than just a recipe pamphlet, and some very compassionate publisher's largesse to let Ms. Hassol work out her widowhood. There are enough banal meanderings and minor errors in the text (not the recipes!) to make you wonder if the editor ever looked at the manuscript after giving it the go ahead. But like I said, the recipes speak for themselves. In addition to jams, there are chutneys, marmalades and spreads. Ms. Hassol makes a case for some of the more unusual combinations using her experience selling her wares at a farmers' market. She gives jam-making includes jam-making and canning basics, resources, and a few good tips. All of the recipes use pectin, and unfortunately, there is no non-pectin alternative directions included. Arranging the book by season is a clever strategy than any "real" canner will appreciate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy & Funny, 8 Jan 2011
This review is from: Well Preserved: A Jam Making Hymnal (Paperback)
This is a great book, chalk-full of lovely stories & delicious recipes.
I enjoyed every page - as did my family.
One of the tastiest books I've ever bought.
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