This week on Taste Matters, Kevin West, author of Saving the Season, joins host Mitchell Davis to talk about the book, it's inspiration, and more about the culture of preservation and canning. Saving the Season is a cook's guide to home canning, pickling, and preserving. In it Kevin presents us with 220 recipes for sweet and savory jams, pickles, cordials, cocktails, candies, and more. From Classic Apricot Jam to Green Tomato Chutney; from Pickled Asparagus with Tarragon and Green Garlic to Scotch Marmalade, Saving the Season is the ultimate guide for cooks — from the novice to the professional — and the only book you need to save (and savor) the season throughout the entire year. Learn more about the book at, and the culture of canning today! This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

"The book began with a really simple technical question, and that is, how to make jam?" [3:50]

"I think that there is a real revitalization of preserving techniques - kitchen practices dimly remembered when we were kids, and wanting to bring it back." [9:02]

-- Kevin West on Taste Matters