Jam Session: A Fruit-Preserving Handbook


Jam Session is the lushly photographed and selective guide to making all-natural fruit preserves, organized by type of fruit and seasonal availability, with descriptions of the best varieties for preserving plus master recipes and contemporary variations for each type of fruit. Master preserver Joyce Goldstein includes straightforward, no-fail instructions for canning fruit preserves, along with serving ideas for using preserves for much more than toast, including Mango-Lime Jam to elevate pork tenderloin, Pickled Peaches to perk up fried chicken, and Apricot Jam to glaze cake. Packed with ideas, 75 time-tested recipes, and gorgeous photographs of produce, process, and finished fruit preserves, preserving newcomers and veterans alike will find Goldstein’s handbook just the right amount of instruction and and inspiration.

Goldstein writes with an easy sort of earned confidence that reels the reader in.” —  The Hottest Cookbooks of Summer 2018 (

“Each growing season and subsequent harvest marks a fresh opportunity to unleash Joyce Goldstein’s unrelenting passion for preserving peak flavors for another day. My family and I have been fortunate to be on the receiving end of Joyce’s jams, chutneys, and preserves, and each time we unscrew one of those lids, it is as if the flavor genie jumps out of the jar. The love and good taste that goes into the cooking and jarring can be tasted in each memorable bite.”Danny Meyer, author of Setting the Table

“I’ve waited (impatiently) for this glorious book. It’s a must for preservers and lovers of flavor. I’ll be cooking out of it for the rest of my life.” —Diana Henry, London Telegraph columnist and author of A Bird in the Hand

“Culinary hero Joyce Goldstein guides us through the technical details and inspires creativity with seasonal recipes
and clear, passionate descriptions of the craft of fine preserving. This book is sure to become a time-honored classic on the subject.” —Suzanne Goin, chef and author of The A.O.C. Cookbook

The New Mediterranean Jewish Table Old World Recipes for the Modern Home


An authoritative guide to Jewish home cooking from North Africa, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and the Middle East. It is a treasury filled with vibrant, seasonal recipes—both classic and updated—that embrace fresh fruits and vegetables; grains and legumes; small portions of meat, poultry, and fish; and a healthy mix of herbs and spices. It is also the story of how Jewish cooks successfully brought the local ingredients, techniques, and traditions of their new homelands into their kitchens. With this varied and appealing selection of Mediterranean Jewish recipes, Joyce Goldstein promises to inspire new generations of Jewish and non-Jewish home cooks alike with dishes for everyday meals and holiday celebrations.

“Joyce Goldstein not only inspires you to cook, it also educates. She dismisses the notion that there are two styles of Jewish food, one Ashkenazi, from Eastern Europe, and another Sephardic, from southern Europe and the Middle East. It’s not so simple, she says. She parses more than 400 recipes from her own repertoire and other sources and discusses how Jewish food has changed. Passover recipe inspirations include leek fritters, Italian soup with chicken dumplings and a lamb tagine with raisins, almonds and honey” —Florence Fabricant, New York Times.

“You see the sheer bounty and diversity of the Jewish cuisines of the Mediterranean and Middle East in the book’s 425-plus recipes. Goldstein backs up her recipes with practical tips and clear instructions but also dives deeper, weaving in history and culture of the Mediterranean Jewish communities with meticulous sourcing and credits. . . . Her scholarship makes for a fascinating read.”Chicago Tribune.

“A deep, rich dive into Mediterranean Jewish culture.“— San Francisco Magazine.

Goldstein’s mission is to both educate and inspire her readers, beginning with a comprehensive lesson on these different Jewish cultures, and delve into the seasonings and techniques that mark their homelands.”
— San Francisco Chronicle.

A virtual encyclopedia of everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the foods of the Mediterranean. . . . This is not just a cookbook. It is a delicious food history book.”Canadian Jewish News.

“Feels like the culmination of a lifetime’s work.” — The Globe and Mail.

9780520268197_Goldstein1-198x300Inside the California Food Revolution: Thirty Years That Changed Our Culinary Consciousness

An immensely readable insider’s account, celebrated cookbook author and former chef Joyce Goldstein traces the development of California cuisine from its formative years in the 1970s to 2000, when farm-to-table, foraging, and fusion cooking had become part of the national vocabulary. Interviews with almost two hundred chefs, purveyors, artisans, winemakers, and food writers bring to life an approach to cooking grounded in passion, bold innovation, and a dedication to “flavor first.” Goldstein explains how the counterculture movement in the West gave rise to a restaurant culture characterized by open kitchens, women in leadership positions, and a surprising number of chefs and artisanal food producers who lacked formal training. The new cuisine challenged the conventional kitchen hierarchy and French dominance in fine dining, leading to a more egalitarian and informal food scene.

In weaving Goldstein’s views on California food culture with profiles of those who played a part in its development—from Alice Waters to Bill Niman to Wolfgang Puck—Inside the California Food Revolution demonstrates that, while fresh produce and locally sourced ingredients are iconic in California, what transforms these elements into a unique cuisine is a distinctly Western culture of openness, creativity, and collaboration. Engagingly written and full of captivating anecdotes, this book shows how the inspirations that emerged in California went on to transform the experience of eating throughout the United States and the world.

Thoughtfully woven related themes include sustainable agriculture; differences between Northern and Southern California kitchens, from guiding principles to plating styles; perspectives among self-taught and professional chefs; increasing acceptance of ethnic dishes; the popularization of open kitchen designs, and more. While several interview highlights detail the beginnings of particular restaurants, with frequent mentions of Spago and Chez Panisse, the most perceptive accounts consider broader philosophies on everything from dining habits to ingredients. For the most dedicated food historians, the narrative reveals a period rife with invention. Facsimiles of menus provide glimpses at past trends and staples. Goldstein convincingly presents a case for California cuisine as a vital force in strengthening connections among food, chefs and diners in ways that have transcended region.” — Kirkus Reviews.

“When the time came for a definitive record of California cooking, UC Press knew the exact person to pen it. After almost 200 interviews with chefs, critics, food artisans, iconoclast winemakers and restauranteurs, the doyenne has tracked a 30-year shift in design, casualization and style.” — C Magazine.

“A book for anyone who loves to eat and who wants to understand why eating has gotten so delicious.” — San Francisco Chronicle.

“A lot of interesting anecdotes. . . . Indeed, for anyone who wonders what those wild early days were all about, ‘Inside the California Food Revolution’ will be a valuable resource.” — Los Angeles Times Daily Dish.

“Insightful and compelling . . . . As engaging as it is educational.” — Restaurant Hospitality.

Other Books

1977 Feedback: Cooking as Communication – R. Marek, N.Y.

1989 The Mediterranean Kitchen – William Morrow, N.Y.

1992 Back to Square One – William Morrow.
Winner both Julia Child and James Beard Awards for Best General Cookbook

1992 Beef, Fish, Williams Sonoma Kitchen Library – Time Life

1993 Festive Occasions, with Chuck Williams – Williams Sonoma
James Beard Award, Best Entertaining Book 1993

1994 Mediterranean the Beautiful – Harper Collins

1995 Casual Occasions, with Chuck Williams – Williams Sonoma

1996 Taverna – Sunset Publications

1997 Kitchen Conversations – William Morrow, N.Y.

1997 Mediterranean Cooking – Williams Sonoma/Time Life,

1998 Cucina Ebraica: Flavors of the Italian Jewish Kitchen – Chronicle Books

1998 Soup for Supper – Williams Sonoma Kitchen Library – Time Life

1999 Food and Wine Pairing – Williams Sonoma Kitchen Library

2000 Savoring Spain and Portugal- Williams Sonoma – Time Life

2000 Sephardic Flavors: Jewish Cooking of the Mediterranean – Chronicle Books

2001 Enoteca: Recipes in the Italian Wine Bar Tradition – Chronicle Books

2002 Saffron Shores: Jewish Cooking of the Southern Mediterranean

2003 Solo Suppers – Chronicle Books

2004 Italian Slow and Savory – Chronicle Books
James Beard and IACP Award nominee 2004

2006 Antipasti – Chronicle Books

2006 Recipes for Perfect Pairings by Evan Goldstein- UC Press

2008 Mediterranean Fresh: A Compendium of One Plate Salad Meals and Mix and Match Dressings – WW Norton NYC

2008 Tagine Recipe Deck – Chronicle Books

2008 Salumi – Book for Columbus Salame Company – Chronicle Books

2009 Tapas: Sensational Small Plates from Spain – Chronicle Books