Many of us remember jams and chutneys made by grandmothers and great aunts who also seemed to know exactly how long to boil a ham and how to keep butter, and who had a magical pantry full of secret delights. These skills are increasingly in demand as more of us want to make use of home-grown produce, reduce the weekly food budget or rediscover cooking from scratch. A timely book for the new kitchen revolution, Ham, Pickles and Jam is not only a celebration of lost skills such as curing, rendering and pickling and a collection of fantastic recipes, but also provides advice on stocking a cupboard or pantry and the best way to store cheese, cooked meats and vegetables. At a time when we are all looking to shop more locally, cook thriftily and still enjoy great food, it is a book for how we live today.
Thane Prince is a chef, journalist, and the author of Jellies, Jams & Chutneys. She is a regular contributor to BBC Good Food magazine, for 12 years she was the food writer for the Daily Telegraph Weekend, she set up and ran a cooking school, and she now runs bespoke cooking courses. Diana Miller is also the photographer for Gordon Ramsay's Passion for Seafood, Homebrew, and The Whole Hog. Her clients have included McDonalds, Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Starbucks.