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cookbook month

Diesel carries a plethora of amazing cookbooks as well as food writing and reportage for every taste and budget. So, whether you are looking to increase your culinary expertise, want to learn more about agribusiness or are just trying to figure out how to serve your family hot food on a regular basis, we've got you covered. 



In North America, Jelly is a clear fruit spread consisting of set, sweetened fruit (or vegetable) juice.  Jelly in the sense of a preserve or spread can be made from sweet, savory or hot ingredients. It is made by a process similar to the one used for making jam, with the additional step of filtering out the fruit pulp after the initial heating.




Peanuts originated in South America where the Incas created an early version of peanut butter by making a paste out of the nut. Eventually, explorers discovered the plant; and it made its way to Africa where it became a staple part of the daily diet. It expanded into North America where it quickly took root.






Hops (humulus lupulus) are a flowering vine whose flowers are used as a preservative and for their essential oils that add flavor (bittering hops) and aroma (aroma hops) to balance the sweetness of the malt. Usually dried before use, the bitter flavor of the hop is extracted during the boil. The aroma is provided by aroma hops whose essential oils provide the aroma. Each variety of hops has its own distinct flavor\aroma profile.


The Allspice (Pimenta dioica) berry, also known as Jamaica or Myrtle pepper, is a popular spice in Jamaica and a necessity in jerk seasoning. Be aware that this is not the ground combination spice powder that is often used in pumpkin pies and such, but the berry of the evergreen pimento (not related to the red pimiento peppers) tree, which is native to the West Indies and South America. Most of the world's supply comes from Jamaica.