The cookbook that this parson has penned teaches the creative art of pickling and water-bath canning. He shares the techniques and recipes that have been passed down through family for decades. The recipes will make your mouth water with the thought of tasting pickled and spiced goodness, along with the joy of the jellies and jams—many of which are State Fair award winners. Whether your background is rural or not and no matter if you have ever visited Chandler, Texas, the hope is to make your heart resonate with a need for new conversation and an authentic coming together. Conversation—and more importantly, listening to one another’s stories—has the power to move us through racial, political, and cultural divides to a place of celebration of all that we have in common in this great land. And nearly everybody loves a pickle—sweet or sour, and we all love Uncle Sam—the good old USA.