“Picking fruits in the perfect state to preserve them is so satisfying. When the sweet preserves are then spread on a crunchy piece of warm bread, all the fruit flavor comes rushing back in your mouth. Thank you, Lee, for sharing your passion, so that we may all enjoy it.” -- Lidia Bastianich
“As beautiful as it is delicious, The Preservatory is filled with recipes that you’ll want to cook—and want to cook with! Lee has ‘put up’ a classic filled with flavorful preserves and plated meals that will be a resource in our kitchen for years to come.” -- Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison, authors of Batch: Over 200 Recipes, Tips & Techniques for a Well Preserved Kitchen
“We have spent wonderful times at Lee’s farm, Vista D’oro, enjoying good wine and good company. Lee’s jams are out of this world!” -- Vikram Vij, author of Vij: A Chef’s One-Way Ticket to Canada with Indian Spices in His Suitcase and Vij’s At Home
“Lee evokes an intense sense of cooking and lifestyle, in this, her first book. The beautiful farmhouse setting, complete with wraparound porch, takes the reader to a place of calm and beauty. Her recipes, like Plum with Vanilla & Star Anise, bring back the warmth of old world preserving while at the same time offering a fresh modern twist.” -- Caren McSherry, Founder/President of the Gourmet Warehouse and author of Starters, Salads and Sexy Sides
LEE MURPHY owns and operates The Preservatory and Vista D'oro Farms & Winery in South Langley, British Columbia, with her husband, Patrick. A working farm growing heirloom tomatoes, orchard fruits and grapes, the property also boasts a beautiful Craftsman-style carriage house: home to The Preservatory, where artisanal preserves are produced. In 2004, Lee received a culinary diploma with honors, from Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver. Her passion for local, farm fresh ingredients has led her to a seasonal line of artisanal preserves that are currently available across Canada, the US and were recently added to the shelves at Harrods in London. As a freelance writer, Lee has contributed to TASTE magazine and her preserves have been featured in Country Living magazine, enRoute, Canadian Living and many other publications. Lee is also an active Board Member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, BC chapter. The author lives in Langley, British Columbia.