I recently attended the book launch party of The Preservatory inside the barn at Vista D’oro Farms & Winery.
Lee Murphy, the passionate and knowledgeable jam master and owner of Vista D’oro Farms & Winery, created a vibrant look at the pleasures of creating and using beautiful, seasonal preserves.
Guests mingled over savoury and sweet bites from the cookbook including a tasty Sangria made with the Vista D’oro Farms wines.
In her book, Lee demonstrates how to create your own unique preserves and how to use them in delicious recipes (preserves are not just for toast!). The creative options are truly endless, and this book will make jam masters out of everyone. Organized by season, the book features 55 recipes for preserves, such as Strawberry with Rose Petals, and Banana Passion Fruit & Rum; and 45 recipes using preserves, among them Gorgonzola Gougere with Pear; Indian Spiced Meatballs with Green Tomato & Garam Masala; and Pan Seared Scallops with Green Walnut & Grappa.
Filled with luscious, vibrant photography, The Preservatory is both an inspiring combination of traditional techniques and creative ideas and a celebration of locally grown food, seasonal cooking, and enjoying life with family and friends.
You can purchase The Preservatory at bookstores throughout North America as well as online.
The Preservatory is on Twitter @thepreservatory
By: Richard Wolak