Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen (Hardcover)
“Let’s dispense with the usual old notions of preserving,” Beth Dooley suggests, leading us into Mette Nielsen’s kitchen, where old-world Danish traditions meld with the freshest ideas and latest techniques to fill the pantry with the best of the season, all year long. Because those seasons can prove especially challenging in the northern heartland, Nielsen’s Nordic heritage is handy as she and Dooley show cooks, first-time and experienced canners alike, how to make the most of a short growing season. Their approach combines the brightness and bold flavors of the Nordic cuisines with an emphasis on the local, the practical, and the freshest ingredients to turn each season’s produce into a bounty of condiments.
From corn salsa to carrot lemon marmalade with ginger and cardamom, crispy pickled red onions to garlic scape pesto with lemon thyme, and caramel apple butter with lemongrass to puttanesca sauce to “Fit for a Queen Jam”—these recipes bring the best of the sweet and the savory to every menu. Low tech, simple, and fast, they eschew hot-water-bath methods in favor of chilling and freezing, keeping flavors and colors bold and bright; and they ease up on sugar to make way for the true savory sweetness of nature’s finest food.
Savory Sweet is not your grandmother’s canning cookbook—but it is likely to be your grandchildren’s.
About the Author
Beth Dooley is author and coauthor of several award-winning cookbooks, including Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland (Minnesota, 2004), The Northern Heartland Kitchen (Minnesota, 2011), Minnesota’s Bounty (Minnesota, 2013), In Winter’s Kitchen, and The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook (Minnesota, 2015). She writes for the Minneapolis–St. Paul Star Tribune and appears regularly on KARE 11 TV and Minnesota Public Radio’s “Appetites.”
Mette Nielsen’s photographs have graced the pages of numerous books, newspapers, and magazines. A talented master gardener, she created the edible garden for the Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis and collaborated on The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook and Minnesota’s Bounty.
"Beth Dooley and Mette Nielsen break through the mystery of the pickle in these masterfully created recipes on preserving the Northern way. They explore produce from the cucumber to the gooseberry in imaginative but approachable and fun ways."—Paul Berglund, 2016 James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Midwest
"Mette Nielsen and Beth Dooley have conjured one of those books you'll stain, stuff with Post-it notes, and save. Anyone can make a tomato taste good, but a parsnip, as in a very good sweet parsnip preserve? Now we're talking imagination. We may yearn for entire weekends of making old-time preserves, yet it's rarely possible. These two make this happen on work nights in time to slather your new condiment over that 'same-old' veggie burger with swell results. This one is a keeper."—Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Host, The Splendid Table® from American Public Media
"This delightful book is full of promise—the promise of summer being everlasting, the promise of the beguiling sweet and savory flavors of herbs, fruit, vegetables and surprising spices and combinations gracing a winter table. I love its practical side, too, such as the use of dried fruit when it’s better than fresh—a situation I’m too familiar with. This is a lovely work."—Deborah Madison, author of Vegetable Literacy and The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
"Absolutely a home cook’s canning bible."—St. Cloud Times
"There are 200 pages of recipes here to keep you occupied during harvest season and ensure that you’ll have a stocked pantry in the coldest, most barren months."—City Pages