West grew up in East Tennessee farm country but began preserving seriously only later in his home in the Hollywood Hills. Passionate about setting aside seasonal produce at its best, he is also fascinated by the rich history of American preserving traditions. West is a skilled storyteller as well as a kitchen hand, happy to show link between his basic strawberry jam and Mary Randolph’s version in the 1824 Virginia Housewife. Alongside corn relish and grape jelly, you’ll find pickled green almonds, and honey-preserved quince with a lineage that may reach back to Pliny. Informative, entertaining, useful.