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J Dianne has commented on (6) products.

Reapers of the Dust: A Prairie Chronicle (Borealis Books) by Lou Hudson
Reapers of the Dust: A Prairie Chronicle (Borealis Books)

J Dianne, June 4, 2013

Lois' vivid imagery and compassionate descriptions gave depth and color to this long-ago time between world wars I and II. Her descriptions of the long drought, the great economic depression and the forced migrations and class differences of the late 1920s and 1930s are compelling and help to shape my own perspective, as I experience what we all hope is the last remnants of the great recession.
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Blue Ribbon Preserves: Secrets to Award-Winning Jams, Jellies, Marmalades and More by Linda J Amendt
Blue Ribbon Preserves: Secrets to Award-Winning Jams, Jellies, Marmalades and More

J Dianne, July 26, 2010

This scholarly book by a state fair veteran thoroughly explains not only the basics of preserving but also the reasons for the rules: safety of food is clearly as much a concern for this careful author as is the beauty and taste of the finished product. Topics range from jams and jellies to the mysteries of pressure cookers and flavoring techniques for vinegars and oils. Her recipes cover a broad range of fruits and vegetables grown in many parts of the country: from jalapenos to figs and citrus, and from jams to juices, to pickling, and even syrups. Ms. Amendt has included a troubleshooting guide, thoughts about sources of fresh local produce, a conversion table, and a bibliography.
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The Art of Preserving (Williams-Sonoma) by Rick Field
The Art of Preserving (Williams-Sonoma)

J Dianne, July 26, 2010

A usefully organized book for a useful craft: recipes for using the preserves immediately follow the instructions for making the preserves. (And the photos are themselves a "feast"!) If you're someone who truly wants the entire meal to be your own creation: take time to review the step by step instructions for homemade ketchups and mustards.

Once served the cookies, parfaits, pulled-pork sandwiches or sliders will be gone -- quickly! The infused spirits, however, might last a little longer!
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Lay Back the Darkness: Poems by Edward Hirsch
Lay Back the Darkness: Poems

J Dianne, February 27, 2008

Hirsch's command of form and person are masterful in Lay Back the Darkness. The poet successfully contrasts personas of a diverse and noisesome multitude, while living in the skin of the one-- the persecuted Jew, a citizen of the middle-east, a child, an immigrant elder. And although I am not someone who usually admires an emotional piece, several of the poems in this book evoke that anguished Human wail: As childrens' drawings spill from a suitcase. While a demented elder searches-- for something. And then --the poet observes --the line! This book is worth adding to a collection, and I predict it will be read, studied, and sometimes quoted.
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Flora: A Gardener's Encyclopedia with CDROM by Sean Hogan
Flora: A Gardener's Encyclopedia with CDROM

J Dianne, November 20, 2006

I love this two volume set: I find myself perusing it's clear photographs and descriptions and recognizing plants that I'd always wondered about. I love its heft and I love turning its pages. Of course, for those who would rather not have its heft: the DVD version sounds like a winner, too!
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