The Art of Fermentation

by Sandor Ellix Katz

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Original Publisher
Chelsea Green
Date of publication

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Ben Starr


This book is as close as we'll ever get to a master compendium of humankind's knowledge and practices of fermentation. Katz has wandered the globe, documenting rapidly-vanishing ancient recipes, traditions, and methods of fermenting everything from vegetables and fruits to meat and dairy products. I could never live without this cookbook. Fermentation increases not only the flavor of ingredients, but their nutritional value and bioavailability. While the advent of refrigeration has rendered fermentation unnecessary, because we no longer need to store things at room temperature, our bodies yearn for fermented foods as much as our palates enjoy them. Katz teaches you to make sauerkraut, yogurt, wine, homemade sodas, and a litany of other things your mind has never even dreamed of.

Ann Yonetani

Founder and owner of NYrture Food

This is the essential book on fermented food--so comprehensive, thorough and precise in its coverage of a huge range of ferments, including both recipes and delightfully extensive culinary/historical/medicinal information.

Jeff Stutsman

Director of Operations, Momofuku Culinary Lab

This is another page turner for anyone who loves learning about the science of food and how food works. It is also an indispensable tool for anyone who is interested in or practices fermentation.

Robyn Eckhardt

Food and travel journalist and author

Ben Reade

Co-Owner/Chef at Edinburgh Food Studio

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Chef and TV presenter

Kylee Newton

Preserver, cookbook author and sometime food stylist

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Co-Founder of The Agrarian Kitchen

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Sarah Thompson

Distiller and Botanical Wine Maker

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Teacher and writer

Anna Hansen

Founding Director, Modern Pantry

Mark LaBrooy

Head Chef and Owner Three Blue Ducks (with co - Owner Darren Robertson)

Lorenzo Cogo

Chef and owner of EL COQ restaurant – one Michelin Star in Italy

Amanda Feifer

Fermentation blogger and educator

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Author and food writer

Brandon Jew

Chef/owner, Mister Jiu; San Francisco, CA

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