Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
We thought 2011 was a banner year for DIY food books, but this year brought volume after volume -- and the level of quality was unsurpassed. Here's a handful of our favorite books that crossed our desk this year.
Grandma's Asian-style cucumber and carrot pickles are given a modern twist with maple agave nectar and chipotle pepper.
Traditional Vietnamese pickles are given a summer update using burgundy and white carrots, and celery. Great for bánh mì sandwiches and vermicelli noodles, or anytime snacking!