Giveaway: Diana Henry’s Latest Book Salt, Sugar, Smoke

This weekend I’m all set to start cooking from award-winning British food writer Diana Henry’s brand new book Salt, Sugar, Smoke published by the Octopus Publishing Group. I have long been an admirer of Diana’s recipes and food writing and I have been really looking forward to this book since meeting her at her home.

This book arrives at exactly the right time for anyone looking for inspiring ways to start preserving bountiful summer fruits. Beyond fruit and beyond the summer, Diana is our guiding hand for preserving seasonal vegetables, meat and fish, too through smoking, pickling, curing, potting and more.

If you are new to preserving, you will find plenty of information on the essentials of jam-making and chutney-making. You’ll also learn how to make your own sauces, vinegars, cordials and liqueurs, confit and terrines.

You won’t need any expensive equipment, but for a little effort with this book you’ll soon have a larder full of enticing flavours ready for any season.

My favourite recipes include Purple fig and pomegranate jam, Georgian plum sauce, Wild mushrooms in olive oil, Polish honey vodka, Quince sharbat, duck confit, beetroot-cured gravalax and Crunch Russian dill pickels.

I’ll be reviewing Diana’s book in full next week. In the meantime, here’s a taster of some of Diana’s recipes from Salt, Sugar, Smoke as featured in Diana’s column in Stella Magazine and a chance to win a copy of your own below, too:

Raspberry and violet jam – Stella Magazine

Duck confit recipe – Stella Magazine

Sweet pear william recipe – Stella Magazine


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Good Luck!

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  1. Angie Hoggett says:

    some nice strawberries so I can make some victoria sponge cake with the yummy jam!

  2. We have a whole stash of gooseberries I need to do something with!

  3. Katarzyna Szewczyk says:

    I should write about fruit or vegetable, sorry.Than I would like to try buttersquash.

  4. Katarzyna Szewczyk says:

    I would love to try some meat.

  5. kirsty Elliott says:

    Raspberries, as they are a firm favourite in our house

  6. Nancy Bradford says:

    I would love to try some blueberries.

  7. Natalie White says:

    Blackberries definitely!!

  8. Arabella Bazley says:


  9. ksenia zywczuk says:

    Wow, I had to search online and buy one of these books straight away! I live on a small island with only 100 people so I’m interested in the techniques in the book compared to what we use here. I’m giving the copy I bought to my father-in-law for his bday coming up, but here is hoping I can win one for myself! oh, interested mostly to salt fish & preserve vegetables…yum…

  10. Since they are all about atm, blackberries

  11. David Price says:

    Blackberries from the garden

  12. mark milsom says:

    Autumn is here ! Fruit trees FULL, allotments packed with TOO MUCH stuff to use, hedgerows full of free offerings…………normally we all end up with a freezer full of mush that gets thrown away the following year..This book looks like a great insight in how to make better use of the produce that comes my way. My friends often go shooting so the odd rabbit, pheasant etc come my way as well so different preserving methods would be good.

  13. Sarah Lee says:

    Blackberries and apples from my garden

  14. Strawberries. I love home-made strawberry jam.


    We adore beetroot so would love to be able to be able to do our own rather than having to buy supermarket jars! xoxo

  16. lorraine polley says:

    anything with raspberries, as we had so many from our canes this year

  17. Tracey Anne Berry says:

    mmmm mango or damsons? Maybe mango AND damsons! oh yum! Im drooling just thinking about it LOL xx

  18. I’d love to try that fig and pomegranate jam, it sounds wonderful!

  19. maureen moss says:

    Purple fig and pomegranate jam this sound so good I would love to have a go at it

  20. Michelle Sykes says:

    I would try blackberries as I have lots of them

  21. Laura Caraher says:

    The pomegrante jam sounds amazing

  22. Saran Benjamin says:

    I think I would have to try blackberry and apples

  23. Well I made some delicious apricot and vanilla jam a few weeks ago. Gooseberry jam is my all out favourite, but we haven’t had any gooseberry bushes for a long time now 🙁

  24. Emma Howard says:

    I’d stick to something fairly simple like jam to begin with

  25. Patricia Edwards says:


  26. Sue Jackson says:

    Raspberries – mmm. 🙂

  27. Becky John says:

    Gooseberries as we have loads from the garden

  28. Fran Light says:

    I’d preserve blackcurrants – they’re great in jame, summer pudding and just pureed and drizzleed over ice cream so having a constant supply whatever the season would be very handy!

  29. elaine stokes says:

    it would have to be Gooseberries. as we have a bush outside that must be 35 years old, and it still keeps giving

  30. robert mcintosh says:

    My neighbour’s are always very generous with their apples – tend to make chutney rather than jam

  31. I have more plums on my tree than I know what to do with, I made chutney last year but would love other preserving ideas. So my first preserves would be the plums. GG

  32. Carolyn J says:

    Brambles, there are loads out at the moment.

  33. Janine Bailey says:

    Would have to be blackberries, the lanes where I live are full of them x

  34. Michelle Grundy says:

    Would have to be the glut of plums I have on my tree that need picking!

  35. Raspberries from my garden

  36. Samantha Atherton says:

    Something to use up the spare figs from my fig tree would be good.

  37. maxime goodwin says:

    Blackberries for me as they are free and abundant in my garden 🙂

  38. Cas Philip says:

    Blackberries, as there are so many of them out at the moment.

  39. Kulwinder Lombardelli says:

    I would preserve jars of strawberries

  40. Maya Russell says:

    Because we have so many, I’d set about preserving blackberries.

  41. Berries…Raspberries and Strawberries would be first on the list!

  42. Red onions I love them x

  43. I love Diana’s books and if I don’t win I’ll be buying, I love her combinations of flavours in her recipes , I have lots of fruit from the garden to preserve and look for new ways to use them

  44. Elizabeth says:

    QUINCE. Years since I had quince jelly

  45. KIERAN WALSH says:

    Morning, depends on season, “plums/blackcurrants”

  46. sharon lee says:

    Magic, what a find!

  47. Sandy Ferguson says:

    Ive heard of a chutney made from cranberries. Id like to try that as an alternative for Christmas gifts!

  48. Wouldn`t mind trying Blackberries, used to always pick loads as a kid, would love to try making Jam.


  49. Blackberries – our blackberry bush is producing loads at the minute and we’re just freezing them as we’ve already made jam. i can see that my friends are going to be being supplied too!

  50. Jane Willis says:

    We have a glut of runner beans this year and I’d love to try some way of preserving them other than just freezing them

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  51. Jane Willis says:

    We have a glut of runner beans this year and I’d love to try some way of preserving them other than just freezing them

  52. Laura Pritchard says:


  53. lorraine dunne says:

    Blackberries for me to used to love picking them when i was a child and my mom made blackberry jam so yummy

  54. CarolineJulie says:

    There is an elderberry hanging over my fence so I have thought about using the flowers and fruit. My dad use to make a wonderful elderflower champagne. At the moment I am making flavoured vodka. I have blackberry, orange, strawberry and blueberry vodka on the go. My brother is really into making sausages.

  55. Claire Smith says:

    Cherries because they are lovely with ice cream.

  56. Angela McDonald says:

    Blackberries most definately!

  57. Tracy Baker says:


  58. Mary Chez says:

    I think I would try blackberries

  59. This boo looks great, we catch a lot of mackeral I would love to learn how to smoke it and preserve it. Thanks for this fab giveaway.

  60. olivia kirby says:

    Raspberries. My son grows them on his patch.

  61. Pomegranate jam sounds incredible! Definitely want to give that a try,

  62. Katy Maclachlan says:

    I think I would try a squash recipe. Or maybe gooseberries. always loved them when I was wee.

  63. Katy Maclachlan says:

    oooh I was just thinking the other day that I am going to try and make jam/chutney/preserves to give as christmas pressies. have started collecting the jars, this looks like the inspiration I need to actually do it this year ( as opposed to just collecting the jars and then forgetting about it until a week before christmas, as has been the routine for the past few years..)

  64. Gillian Holmes says:


  65. John Taggart says:

    Blackcurrants my favourite

  66. stephanie Llewellyn says:

    beetroot I really love it and can eat it any time, any where, anyhow,,,

  67. Raspberries, I love homemade raspberry jam and it’s so easy to make!

  68. Pauline Simpson says:

    Fruit I would like to preserve first would be blackcurrants as i love them in jams , pies chesecake the list goes on and a good book would give me ideas

  69. laura banks says:

    we’ve got a blackberry bush in our garden so i would prob try them

  70. Elaine Walsh says:

    Diana Henry one of my favourite food writers. A lovely book.

  71. I would make something from blackberries.

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