Food prices are soaring and the domestic arts are staging a full comeback. With attendance in CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm boxes booming and books like Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle on the bestseller list, it's clear that there's a real return to the kitchen for preservers, canners and putter-uppers. Liana Krissof's Canning for a New Generation is a hip, modern handbook for canners, chockful of gorgeous flavour pairings and smart recipes for how to use which canned food when. From Sauerkraut to Plum-Cardamom jam, from Black Plum Applesauce to Cocktail Onions, this cookbook stands out from the pack, not only in terms of its design (uncoated stock and unjacketed hardcover, to start) but also because it's simply a breath of fresh air after too many red-and-white checkered canning books from the mid-century. The book includes basic information on technique, seasonal produce lists, more than 150 recipes for canning, drying, freezing, and candying food (as well as making liqueurs and other alcoholic beverages), and useful sidebars on such topics as how to throw a canning party, how to package your products as gifts, and how to make your own apple pectin.