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The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook


by Rachel Saunders

Rachel Saunders's ‘The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook’ is the definitive jam and marmalade cookbook of the 21st century. In addition to offering more than 100 original jam, jelly, and marmalade recipes, master jam artisan Rachel Saunders shares all of her technical preserving knowledge, as well as her unique jam maker's perspective on fruit.
     Rachel combines nostalgia with a modern, sustainable approach to creating fresh and vividly flavored preserves. The recipes are divided into chapters based on the seasons, and each chapter is organized by month and type of fruit. Sample recipes include Strawberry-Marsala Jam with Rosemary, Italian Lemon Marmalade, and Early Girl Tomato Jam.

More than 100 stunning photographs by Sara Remington illustrate each part of the preserving process--from the different stages of cooking to testing for doneness to the final canning stage. Each recipe includes an approximate yield and a suggested shelf life, in addition to details on recommended equipment, including Rachel's beloved copper jam pot. ‘The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook’ gives all measurements by weight rather than volume, making it the most exact and reliable American jam book on the market. More than 20 recipe variations are provided, along with detailed information about common and rare fruits, hybrid varieties, and flavor combinations. Nothing is left to chance or overlooked; Rachel explains every aspect of jam and marmalade making in step-by-step detail. ‘The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook’ is a one-of-a-kind, must-have resource for home and professional cooks alike.

My wife and I just got our copy. We are both cooks and we thought this might be interesting. Well, it's much more than I anticipated. First of all it's one of the most beautiful food books I've seen. It has every recipe you might need for working with fruit as well as some approaches I had never even considered. But it's also filled with facts and information that reads more like a book than just food recipes. It's the type of book we'll enjoy curling up with on a winter's evening long after there's no fruit left to process.
Thoughtfulslim "Rich" (

I saw the Author on the Martha Stewart Show. I was so impressed with her jelly making technique that I bought the book on Amazon after I went to the Blue Chair Jam sight and discovered that the book was not available.
     I received the book in a timely manner and was surprised to find that the book was so big. Many more pages then I expected.
     Who knew that you did not have to boil those jelly jars on the stove but you can use the oven. This is such a good tip.
Besides that tip, the book has the technique for making jelly and jams. This book is great for beginners but has enough recipes for the advanced jelly makers.
     I am not in the stage of my life where I would make a batch of jelly so I gifted the book to my daughter who was delighted and I am confident she will try to make some jelly or jam. It was the perfect gift for her.
     Be confident that I read the book before I gifted it.
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