Cloth $19.95 ISBN: 9781789143898 Published July 2021 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $19.95 ISBN: 9781789143904 Will Publish June 2021

Jam, Jelly and Marmalade

A Global History

Sarah B. Hood

Jam, Jelly and Marmalade

Sarah B. Hood

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160 pages | 40 color plates, 20 halftones | 4 3/4 x 7 3/4
Cloth $19.95 ISBN: 9781789143898 Published July 2021 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $19.95 ISBN: 9781789143904 Will Publish June 2021
Whether they make it themselves or just enjoy it with breakfast, people are often passionate about their favorite jam, jelly, or marmalade. Award-winning jam-maker Sarah B. Hood looks at the history of these sweet treats from simple fruit preserves to staple commodities, gifts for royalty, global brands, wartime comforts, and valued delicacies. She traces connections between sweet preserves and the temperance movement, the Crusades, the prevention of scurvy, medieval banquets, Georgian dinner parties, Scottish breakfasts, Joan of Arc, and the adoption of tea-drinking in Europe. She explores the birth of unique local specialties and treasured regional customs, the rise and fall of international marmalade mavens, the mobilization of volunteer preserve-makers on a grand scale, and a jam-factory revolution.
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"A nice survey of the history of jam-making and preserves for the layperson."
Elizabeth Baird, best-selling cookbook author and member of the Order of Canada
"Hood traces the earliest forms of preserves in Persia and China, following the link between preserving and the availability of sugar, the contributions of railroads, jam’s part in the emerging labor movement, and the rise of large-scale commercial preserving that shipped these comestibles to all corners of the globe. Who thought jam, jelly, and marmalade were just delicious foods to spread on toast, dress a pudding, or fill a tart? The truth? It’s the history of the world . . . in a jar."
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