Books and Classes

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!

For a little taste of what more you can expect from The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, please watch the video above!

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

What People Are Saying...

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

"Rachel is seriously passionate about jam. Her enthusiasm is evident on every plate and will inspire beginners as well as already devoted jam makers. Her precise recipes and comprehensive information on fruit flavors and varieties will tell you everything you need or want to know about the world of jams and marmalades."
-Emily Luchetti, executive pastry chef at Farallon and Waterbar restaurants and author of Stars Desserts and A Passion for Ice Cream

"Everything you need to know to make superb jam is inside The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, an inspiring work from a passionate artisan. Complete, clear, and easy-to-follow recipes, descriptions, and advce reflect Saunders's expertise as both a home jam maker and a professional - a combination that is pure gold for new and experienced jam makers. The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook will make you want to roll up your sleeves and head for the kitchen by way of the market (or garden or farm) as soon as you possibly can."
-Alice Medrich, author of Pure Dessert and Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate

"A lush, stunning, and comprehensive book about jam-making, from the queen of jam-makers (and founder of the Blue Chair Fruit Company), this book is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Seriously, one look at these photographs will be enough to make you want to jump face first into a pot of boiling fruit. And that says a lot."
- Rachel Meier, "6 best food books coming this fall," The Christian Science Monitor

"What Saunders does between the binding of this beautifully photographed book is marry nostalgia, the art of preserving, and modern sustainability. [...] All together, The Blue Chair Jam Cookbookis a recipe: one part technique, one part unique flavor combinations, and two parts heart."
-Andrea Mitchell, Foodista


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!

strawberry 101 class2 Books and Classes

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!