Maybe "performance art" is a stretch, but I'll be demonstrating the art of jam at the wonderful Greenlight Bookstore this coming Monday, March 4th at 7:30pm. Brooklyn Based wrote a bangin' write-up about it, and I'm quoting it here in it's entirety since it's just so nice and so awesome:
For those who have frequented Smorgasburg or many of the fine brick-and-mortar cheese shops, green grocers, or local food specialty stores, Anarchy in a Jar is kind of legendary. Simultaneously part icon and part iconoclast, Anarchy embraces the normally grandma-ish activity of small-batch, handmade jam production, only to smash it to the ground and watch delightedly after setting it on fire with all the reverence of Jimi Hendrix and his strat at the Monterey Festival in 1967. After years of daydreaming about what it would be like to be as cool as Anarchy founder and original Jam Queen Laena McCarthy, we’re so stoked that she’s finally written a cookbook so we can capture some of her punk-rock preserves magic at home. To celebrate McCarthy’s Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit, Greenlight is cohosting a book signing and canning demonstration with The Greene Grape, so not only will you get jam recipes and other tips of the trade, you’ll be able to sit in on a “jam session” live and in person. With jams, jellies, and preserves like their Arnold Palmer Jelly or Easy Like Sunday Morning Blueberry Preserves, there’s something for renegades and traditionalists alike.
Comparing my jam making to Jimi Hendrix at Monteray? Might be the best compliment I've ever gotten. Thanks, guys, we really love you.