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Kevin West has long been a fixture at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market. He’s easy to spot with his charming wicker basket overflowing with the week’s peak produce. We’ve followed his blog Saving the Season for years, and have been anticipating his new book of the same name. The long wait is now over – his gorgeous tome has arrived and it’s just as beautiful and comprehensive as we hoped.

This weekend Evan Kleiman interviews West about one theme we found throughout the book – booze. Adding a dash of wine to your jam can bring some much needed acidity, both to balance the flavor and to reach the proper PH which eliminates the threat of botulism. Below he adapts his Boysenberry Jam with Rosé for more common berries like raspberries and blackberries. Check out Saving the Season: A Cook’s Guide to Canning, Pickling and Preserving for other boozey preserves like a three-citrus marmalade spiked with peaty scotch. You can listen to his interview with Evan Kleiman below:

 

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