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!


  1. 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…

  2. 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.


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

  4. Tracey Anne Berry says

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

  5. says

    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 :(

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. robert mcintosh says

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

  9. Sandy Ferguson says

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

  10. Simon C says

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


  11. Hazel says

    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!

  12. 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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  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Melanie says

    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.

  17. Katy Maclachlan says

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

  18. 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..)

  19. 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