Canning Across America (CAA) is a nationwide, ad hoc collective of cooks, gardeners and food lovers committed to the revival of the lost art of “putting by” food. Our goal is to promote safe food preservation and the joys of community building through food. We believe in celebrating the bounty of local and seasonal produce and taking greater control of our food supply. Together, we can.
The Working Group
Kim O’Donnel (founder) is a trained chef, nationally recognized online food personality and longtime journalist. Her first cookbook, Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores Will Devour, came out in September 2010. Her second cookbook, Meatlover’s Meatless Celebrations, came out fall 2012. Before writing cookbooks, she was the food blogger for the Washington Post. In July of 2009, Kim asked out loud on twitter if anyone was up for a can-a-thon and the rest is canning history.
Shannon Kelly is the ceo and principal catalyst behind In Your Head, a trends research, creative development and marketing consultancy. She’s passionate about understanding consumer culture and transforming insights on food, fashion and lifestyle trends into business-altering initiatives. Her love of pickling and new media has earned her the title of Marketing/Tech Guru for Canning Across America.
Jeanne Sauvage is the Editor of the Canning Across America website. She was diagnosed with gluten intolerance after the birth of her daughter in 2000. She has spent the intervening years developing delicious baking recipes, which she shares on her blog, Art of Gluten-Free Baking. Her first cookbook, Gluten-Free Holiday Baking: 60 Recipe for Traditional Festive Treats came out Fall 2012 from Chronicle Books. Jeanne has a Ph.D. in theater theory, which is helpful in her never-ending hunt for new recipes, ideas, and concepts to ponder and loves to can jams and pickles and enjoys using her preserved foods in the meals and baked goods she makes.
Rachel Thibodeaux is the Photo Editor of the Canning Across America website. She works in web development and is a great lover of all things culinary. She’s always planning her next meal, enjoys working in the kitchen, and cherishes old & new cookbooks. While a novice at canning and preserving, she gardens and is looking forward to canning this year’s bounty. She writes at Rachel: Photo Diary and posts pictures on Flickr at Sally Simpleton.
Brook Hurst Stephens is an enthusiastic canner who spends quite a bit of time in her kitchen, the whole year ’round, developing, writing about, and photographing recipes for her aptly-named website Learn To Preserve. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with friends & family as well as teaching the joys of preserving at Preserving Parties. Another passion she has is volunteering her time to teach such deserving groups as Jubilee Women’s Center. Her hope is that the tradition of canning “as a group” continue through the generations. She mostly loves the way people’s faces light up the first time they hear their jar “ping”.
One of our founding members, Kim Ricketts passed away in April 2011, but she is with us in spirit. She was founder of Kim Ricketts/Book Events, a company that connects people, stories and ideas: one book at a time. One of the most popular series created by Kim Ricketts Book Events is the Cooks & Books series: in the past 6 years they offered over 100 dinners with the world’s most interesting food writers and chefs. At home, Kim was an energetic and enthusiastic home cook, and always excited to jump into the fine art of canning and preserving.
Friends of the Canvolution
The Shibaguyz – Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby
Jenise Da Silva
Shauna James Ahern
Sheri Brooks Vinton
Viv, Seattle Bon Vivant
Tara Austen Weaver