The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World
Winner of the 2013 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference and Scholarship, and a New York Times bestseller, The Art of Fermentation is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding and insight for experienced practitioners.
While Katz expertly contextualizes fermentation in terms of biological and cultural evolution, health and nutrition, and even economics, this is primarily a compendium of practical information—how the processes work; parameters for safety; techniques for effective preservation; troubleshooting; and more.
With two-color illustrations and extended resources, this book provides essential wisdom for cooks, homesteaders, farmers, gleaners, foragers, and food lovers of any kind who want to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for arguably the oldest form of food preservation, and part of the roots of culture itself.
Readers will find detailed information on fermenting vegetables; sugars into alcohol (meads, wines, and ciders); sour tonic beverages; milk; grains and starchy tubers; beers (and other grain-based alcoholic beverages); beans; seeds; nuts; fish; meat; and eggs, as well as growing mold cultures, using fermentation in agriculture, art, and energy production, and considerations for commercial enterprises. Sandor Katz has introduced what will undoubtedly remain a classic in food literature, and is the first—and only—of its kind.
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We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this bible on life.,. Finally one which provides a reader with all they need to start or complete in community. We went and got left over organic produce from our local farmers market. A few pounds of carrots and cucumbers. We were able to make some pickles and crunchy pickled carrots to share with all our friends, neighbours and family. It was an excellent way to barter for some new lids for our mason jars (not needed for fermentation) We all highly recommend this book and we are so happy to have been loaned a copy. Please, everyone buy this book and reclaim your health as well as localize!
Two words: life. changing. Halfway through the book, I put up some carrots to pickle. (SO GOOD.) By the time I finished reading it, I'd also made hard cider. It's full of theory -- which is fascinating -- and also practical tips for all difficulty levels. It's the kind of book that helps you get started if you've never fermented, and can open whole new worlds of ideas for you if you want to go further. I couldn't possibly recommend this enough.
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