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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous little book, 18 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: 200 Jams & Preserves: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook (Paperback)
I have a lot of these little Hamlyn books and find them so useful. This one is no exception and is brilliant both for those who are new to jam-making and to more experienced jam-makers looking for ideas.

There is a really good introduction with good explanations of the process, the necessary equipment, and so forth, and provides information for when things go wrong. Then follow the recipes which are divided into chapters as follows:

* Jams & conserves e.g. blueberry & honey, pineapple & passion fruit, mango & passion fruit, cherry & raspberry, chestnut jam with whiskey, peach & vanilla, banana & chocolate

* Fruit butters, curds & cheeses e.g. pear & strawberry butter, spiced apple butter, apple & ginger curd, lime & passion fruit curd

* Jellies - including plum & crushed peppercorn jelly, bitter lime & pernod jelly, minted blackberry & apple jelly

* Marmalades e.g. apple & orange, lemon & quince, pineapple

* Chutneys - including garlicky Mediterranean, aubergine & mint, autumn harvest

* Relishes e.g. sweet chilli & kaffir lime

* Pickles - pickled peaches, preserved lemons, piccalilli

* Festive fruit preserves - various mincemeats, ginger marmalade, apricot & cointreau curd.

Recipes include preparation and cooking times and there is an enticing picture on the facing page. As is usual with these books, there is a variation on the recipe at the end, for example the alternative to lemon & quince marmalade is lemon & pear.

The only downside of this series of books is the tiny format. I haven't yet found a book rack which can hold the books open which invariable means trying to keep them open with a couple of jars or cans thereby partially obscuring the recipes!
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