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Jam, Jelly and Marmalade

A Global History

Sarah B. Hood



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Reaktion Books
01 October 2021
Series: Edible
Whether they make it themselves or just enjoy it with breakfast, people can be passionate about their favourite 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 mobilisation of volunteer preserve-makers on a grand scale and a jam-factory revolution.
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 120mm, 
ISBN:   9781789143898
ISBN 10:   1789143896
Series:   Edible
Pages:   160
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah B. Hood has taught for more than twenty years at George Brown College and is the author of the preserving cookbook We Sure Can!, which was shortlisted for Taste Canada, Canada's national food writing award. She lives in Toronto.

Reviews for Jam, Jelly and Marmalade: A Global History

A nice survey of the history of jam-making and preserves for the layperson. * Digestible Bits and Bites * 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. -- Elizabeth Baird, best-selling cookbook author and member of the Order of Canada

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