Former W editor Kevin West has come a long way from his first foray into pickling and preserving. His initial trial run with recreating his grandmother's (Gran's) strawberry jam involved spending a small fortune on a flat of greenmarket strawberries, then cooking them into a sticky mess. Lucky for us, West didn't give up. Now, the Master Food Preserver (he was certified by the University of California Cooperative Extension) has chronicled his obsessions and curiosities into a massive tome of 220 recipes entitled Saving the Season. His simple, spicy carrots were inspired by the many taco stands scattered across Los Angeles, where West lives. He uses the tangy, crunchy carrots as a complement for tacos, and also as an ingenious substitute for bacon in a club sandwich. Gran would be proud.