Books and Classes

Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade

Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade is both the definitive modern guide to using fruit preserves in cooking, and an intimate and exciting exploration of flavors and ingredients. Organized by time of day, Rachel’s recipes are nuanced and unusual, and cover the broadest possible array of techniques and ideas. Rachel both includes and transcends such jam-filled classics as Victoria Sandwich and linzertorte to reveal an entire world of tempting savory and sweet possibilities. Blue Chair Cooks offers a wealth of ideas, techniques, and information not only on breakfast and tea time, but also on cocktails, ice creams, and numerous savory lunch and dinner options, including sausages, soups, salads, hors d’oeuvres, and paella.

Featured in “Best Cookbook” lists from Diablo Magazine, Edible East Bay, Punk Domestics, and Refinery29!

“Rachel Saunders has created a beautiful book…She blends unexpected flavors together—both the sweet and the savory—in a stunning collection of recipes that transcends the traditional.”
-Risa Nye, Eat Drink Films

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The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, by our owner Rachel Saunders,is the definitive jam and marmalade cookbook of the 21st century. Using Blue Chair Fruit’s modern sustainable approach to creating fresh and vividly flavored preserves, Rachel offers more than 100 original jam, jelly, and marmalade recipes, from Italian Lemon Marmalade to Early Girl Tomato Jam. She presents recipes by season, month, and type of fruit. The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook is a must-have resource for home and professional cooks everywhere!

James Beard Foundation Awards 2011 Nominee for Best Photography
One of Washington Post‘s best cookbooks of 2010
Huffington Post Food Editor’s Pick for a best cookbook of 2010

“Rachel Saunders has written a stunning book, and probably the only guide to jam making I will ever need. Not only is The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook beautiful to look at, it’s also utterly exhaustive, a smart, engaging, modern approach to an old-fashioned art, with recipes from simple to surprising. Making jam isn’t hard, but making great jam takes skill and an inspired touch, and Rachel offers us both.”
-Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table and founder of Orangette

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To meet Rachel in person and have her sign your cookbook, please check our Demos & Book Signings page.


Blue Chair Fruit’s jam and marmalade classes are taught by our owner and founder, Rachel Saunders. Our classes range from Jam Making 101 to more advanced classes focusing on the versatility of fruit, on how to keep and sharpen each fruit’s special flavor, and on how the different elements of the process affect the end result. Click here to sign up for a jam class!

More class images here: Flickr and Facebook

Group Rates & Special Offers

Jam classes are more fun to take with your friends! We do private classes for groups of 8 or more. To arrange your class, please use the contact form at right. We look forward to seeing you!