12 Days: The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook

Can you believe that it’s Day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookbook Giveaway? I can’t believe how fast this month is going. We’re over halfway through December already.

In an effort to liven up this cold, gray month, I’m giving away a summery book: The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders. I’m particularly partial to the Blue Chair Fruit Company because Rachel is a hometown hero here in the Bay Area – in fact, I used her Black Plum Jam with Candied Citrus & Bay jam in my recent Linzer cookies post. Rachel’s local Oakland jam company has been making waves in the flavor circuit for years now, and this cookbook is sort of like the culminating star of her efforts.

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook is a tome of jam knowledge. Within its over 350 pages is such a wealth of jam-making knowledge that you’ll have a hard time finding its equal. Rachel has over a decade in the jam business, and most of her career has been spent not just developing flavors, but perfecting the science of flavors. One of the classes she teaches here in Oakland is titled “Flavor Construction,” where attendees learn how to put together their own flavor combinations with confidence. In both her classes and The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, Rachel isn’t trying to teach new jam-makers a skill – she’s helping them build jam savvy.

Besides being a Bible of Jam ™, The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook is a gorgeous collection of recipes and photos. I’ve sat for hours just perusing the gorgeous images, dreaming of summer and all of the beautiful jams I’ll be making once my favorite fruits are in season again.

The Giveaway

Here’s how to enter: To win a copy of this book, leave a comment on a different post on my site, and then leave a comment here to tell me what you’ve done. For every post you comment on, you’ll get one entry. I’ll announce the winners on Christmas Eve.

What Is the 12 Days of Christmas Cookbook Giveaway?

I’m giving away 12 cookbooks for the twelve days of Christmas. Every day, I will post a new book to give away. How can you find out the cookbook of the day? Well, you can come back here and check, or you can subscribe to my RSS feed or post mailing list, so that you’ll be alerted when I announce a new book.

To see all of the entries in one place, you can check the Blog Giveaway category.


  1. Brook - Learn To Preserve says:

    Love this give-away. Listened to Rachel on The Splendid Table last Sunday and really enjoyed every minute of it. Besides creating incredible flavors she is very entertaining to listen to.

    Oh, btw, left a comment on your article in the RAW section of your website, about Supreming an Orange. Fun stuff!

  2. Would love a copy of this cookbook – saw it in Kepler’s today and it looks magnificent. The pictures alone are worth a purchase!

    I commented on your Lemon Verbena Macrons from October, another project I would like to try in the New Year….

  3. I commented on your “Gluten Free Chocolate Thing” post 6/8/10. I want that Blue Chair Jam Cookbook!

  4. I commented on “Lemon Verbena Macrons recipe” 10/21/10. I hope to win “The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook”!

  5. I commented on your post “PF Chang’s Lettuce Wrap 7/28/10 post”. I want to win

  6. I commented on “gluten free linzer cookies 12/15/10″ – I want to win “The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook” – pick me!

  7. Oh how I would love this book. I check your other posts and there were no other jam – jelly posts. I did read and comment on the “How to Make Mayonnaise” post. This recipe will be very handy. thank you.

  8. i commented on “Ninjabread men post” I hope to win “The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook”

  9. I commented on “Food Blogger Spotlight: Arnold Gatilao” – I want to win “The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook”

  10. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. says:

    Hmmm, another cookbook I was drooling over during my trip in October. I could probably eat my weight in jam.

    • Joyce Mosby says:

      I have made three comments today. i would love to win this. i love having my jars lined up on the shelf and give away many as gifts.

  11. Okay, I have to stop. But I simply can’t. Your blog/archives are fantabulous! Time to subscribe to your feed. I commented on the Lettuce Wraps post (PF Chang copycat – sounds great) and would love to win this book!

  12. Thanks for the giveaway. I left a comment on Food Photography: Star Wars Edition

  13. I commented on the Gluten-free Linzer cookies. Would love to own this cookbook and learn to make jam for guests at my B&B.

  14. I commented on “Avoiding airport & airline food” – I hope to win “The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook”

  15. I commented on “roasting chestnuts” – I hope to win “The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook” if I learn to jam, then I can have homemade presents forever!


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