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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Beverly Ellen Schoonmaker Alfeld  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Born: in Accord, New York

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Illinois Connection

Beverly divides her time between Crystal Lake, Illinois; Accord, New York; and Chokoloskee Island, Florida.

Biographical and Professional Information

After twenty years of teaching art, science, and consumer education to elementary, high-school, college, and special-needs students, Alfeld retired from the classroom. She explored her entrepreneurial side as she ran a thirteen-acre organic farm and opened a farmers’ market in Crystal Lake, Illinois. During this time, she completed the school of instruction in food processing prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. Alfeld then founded her company, Cook, Seal, and Process, and began marketing Jamlady products. She later authored She later authored her two books.Alfeld is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is the founder of the Donald L. Schoonmaker Scholarship Fund. She is a judge at the annual International Pickle Festival in Rosendale, New York, and is a contributing editor and columnist for Fruit Gardener magazine. Her column, “Jamming with Jamlady,” can be found in each issue. Alfeld is also a reader for Corwin Press, an education publisher.

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Titles At Your Library

Jamlady Cookbook, The
ISBN: 1589802357

Pelican Publishing. 2004

A resource cookbook for the canner, gardener, gourmet chef, baker, and beginning home cook. More than 400 recipes for jellies, jams, butters, and preserves, with recipes for cooking with delicious homemade potables.

Pickles to Relish
ISBN: 1589804899

Pelican Publishing. 2008

More than just a cookbook, this informative guide to food-preservation techniques discusses methods such as fermentation, curing, pickling, and canning, along with related information from allied fields of knowledge. Specifically designed for ease of use by anyone-homemaker or professional chef and everyone in between- this encyclopedic handbook explores how food preservation has greatly impacted human survival. Full of techniques, tips, and enthusiasm for pickling, recipes include a variety of chutneys and sauces as well as pickles and relishes.

Speaking Engagements

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Contact Beverly through email at or by phone at 815-459-9518.