Author(s): Alexa Johnston
If you have ever been disheartened by a batch of jam that just won't set, or intimidated by the thought of bottling fruit - this is the book for you. In the latest of her Ladies, a Plate series of best-selling cookbooks, Alexa Johnston removes all fear and trepidation from the processes of making jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys and sauces - and even fruit cordials and liqueurs - and bottling fruit. With over 100 traditional and contemporary preserves Ladies, a Plate: Jams Preserves celebrates the pleasures and rewards of a time-honoured branch of cookery. It is a must for every cook and every kitchen.
Alexa Johnston is a writer and independent art curator. In 2002 she was curator of the exhibition Sir Edmund Hillary: Everest and Beyond for Auckland Museum. Her definitive biography Sir Edmund Hillary: An Extraordinary Life was a finalist in the Montana Book Awards. An enthusiastic and accomplished baker from a young age, Alexa has published three cookbooks celebrating New Zealand's culinary history. Ladies, a Plate (2008) won a Montana Book Award, the Publishers' Association of New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book and was Recipe Book of the Year in the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers Culinary Quill Awards. This was followed by A Second Helping (2009) and What's For Pudding? (2011) and in 2012 a hardback collectors' edition of her baking recipes, Ladies, a Plate: The Collection (2012). Alexa Johnston makes and tests all the recipes for her cook books - and takes all the photographs - in her home kitchen in Auckland.