For the past two decades, fermentation expert and bestselling author Sandor Katz has traveled the world, both teaching and learning about the many fascinating and delicious techniques for fermenting foods. Wherever he’s gone, he has gleaned valuable insights into the cultures and traditions of local and indigenous peoples, whether they make familiar ferments like sauerkraut or less common preparations like natto and koji.
This delectable tour of America’s craft chocolate movement is the ultimate fulfillment for your chocolate obsession.
Author Megan Giller traces the journey from harvesting cacao pods to transforming them into finished bars with distinctive and complex flavors (including fruity, floral, nutty, and smoky). You’ll then go behind the scenes to learn why artisanal chocolate from America’s hottest makers is so special.
Giller teaches the nuanced art of pairing chocolate with beer, spirits, bread, cheese, and more, while master chefs highlight those irresistible combinations with recipes for decadent treats such as Ceylon Tea Fudge Sauce and Pop Rocks Chocolate Bark.
Flavored butters, also called compound butters, have a multitude of uses. They make a plain baguette or artisan loaf come alive with flavor; they complement a hearty breakfast muffin or delicate scone; they serve as quick-fix sauces for a piece of fish, meat, or a bowl of pasta; and they brighten an artichoke or a serving of green beans in surprising ways. We often see flavored butters as an elegant touch to bread service in restaurants, but there are plenty more varieties and uses that are easy for home cooks to use in their kitchens.
Lucy Vaserfirer's Flavored Butters provides the recipes and techniques for homemade flavored butters. In 50 recipes, she offers up ideas that are amazingly quick to execute in the kitchen and transformative in the flavor they impart. The recipes cover both sweet and savory applications, and each includes advice about what the butter is best used on. Plenty of photographs illustrate the recipes, and you’ll also find ample tips and tricks: Learn the perfect temperature at which to serve the butters, how to serve them, and the tools needed for making stunning presentations.
The health benefits of probiotics are no secret. Doctors from both the Western and Eastern medicine camps sing the praises of probiotics for their positive effects on digestion, metabolism, and the immune system. Enthusiasts of kombucha point to its high levels of B vitamins and amino acids, improving mood, energy levels, joint function, ligament health, and skin health. Now you can learn to make kombucha, as well as numerous other probiotic drinks, at home!
With clear step-by-step directions, beautiful photographs, and more than 75 recipes, this is the ultimate guide to homemade probiotic drinks. You’ll find numerous recipes for:
• Lacto-fermented lemonade
• Ginger beer
• Cultured vegetable juices
• And more!
In addition, you’ll find recipes for making yogurt, smoothies, and kefir ice cream. Fermenting drinks may seem daunting, but Julia Mueller shows how it can be fun, much more cost-effective than buying ready-made drinks from the store, and delicious!
Learn how to buy, build, and use all of the equipment involved in homebrewing with a minimum of hassle and expense with The Brewer's Handbook.
When brewing was discovered more than 8,000 years ago, it was hailed as a gift from the gods. Today, beer is enjoyed all over the world, available in infinite styles … yet brewing is still seen as a mysterious process. In reality, everyone can create unique beers in their own home, and this comprehensive, step-by-step guide will show you how.
Uncultivated follows Brennan’s 24-year history with naturalized trees and shows how they have guided him toward successes in agriculture, in the art of making cider, and in creating a small-farm business. The book contains useful information relevant to those particular fields, but is designed to connect the wild to a far greater audience, skillfully blending cultural criticism with a food activist’s agenda.
Probiotics can also improve a host of other conditions, from allergies to arthritis, depression to obesity … they have even been shown to inhibit cancer and antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Now Michelle Schoffro Cook shares this groundbreaking research, demonstrating the link between gastrointestinal health and overall well-being. She offers concrete ways for you to use this extraordinary information, explaining how to use probiotics to address a range of medical issues.
Jules Aron has cracked the code on delicious vegan cheese you can make at home! These 60 plant-based cheeses are made with nuts, seeds, tofu, and vegetables, and range from mild and creamy to sharp and firm.
Recreate the flavor and texture of your favorite cheese without the dairy, using all-natural techniques and secret ingredients like agar, miso, carrageenan, nutritional yeast, and probiotics. Build the perfect vegan cheese plate with French-style Brie from fermented cashews, tofu-based Herbed Feta, and sliceable, meltable Cauliflower Jack.
Adding a daily dose of fermented foods to your diet can have an extraordinary effect on your health. It has been shown to promote digestive ease for people suffering with inflammatory disorders, help manage sugar and carb cravings, and generally boost the immune system and contribute to an overall sense of well-being.
Motivated by an unquestionable belief that food is medicine and that what we eat can promote great healing or cause great harm, fermentation advocate Dearbhla Reynolds shows how to turn simple ingredients into superfoods using one of the world’s oldest methods of food preservation.
In The Cultured Club, which begins with a brief history of fermentation and a guide to maintaining gut health, you will learn basic fermentation techniques and discover numerous recipes for sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, condiments, dips, tapenades, breads, nut cheeses, and tonics that promise to restore vitality.
Learn the simple art of fermentation, enjoy its delicious, vibrant flavors, and watch your health flourish.
Welcome to the world of produce preservation. In Can It & Ferment It, blogger and preservation enthusiast Stephanie Thurow brings the canning and fermenting communities together by offering recipes that work for both canning and fermenting. For a first-timer to the advanced preservationist, Can It & Ferment It shows canners and fermenters alike how they can have the best of both worlds.
Thurow explains the differences between the canning and fermentation processes, emphasizes the importance of using local and organic produce, describes canning and fermenting terminology and the supplies needed for both methods, and offers more than 75 fun and easy recipes for every season. Readers will learn how to preserve each fruit or vegetable in two different ways; each can be enjoyed water bath-canned or as a healthy, probiotic-rich ferment.
Recipes in this helpful guide include strawberry chutney, the perfect garlic dill pickle, spring onion kimchi, cinnamon-honey apple butter, and more!
Although fermentation has an ancient history, fermented foods are currently experiencing a renaissance: Kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, and other potent fermentables appeal not only for their health benefits, but also because they are fun, adventurous DIY projects for home cooks of every level. Mastering Fermentation is a beautifully illustrated and authoritative guide to the art and science of fermented foods, featuring more than 70 recipes that allow you to progress from simple fermented condiments such as vinegars and mustards to more advanced techniques for using wild yeast starters, fermenting meats, and curing fish.
Cooking instructor and author Mary Karlin begins with a solid introduction to the wide world of fermentation, explaining essential equipment, ingredients, processes, and techniques. The diverse chapters cover everything from fermented dairy to grains and breads; legumes, nuts, and aromatics; and fermented beverages. Last but not least, the book concludes with more than 20 globally inspired recipes that incorporate fermented foods into enticing finished dishes such as Grilled Lamb Stuffed with Apricot-Date Chutney and Saffron Yogurt Sauce.
Just a century ago, cheese was still a relatively regional and European phenomenon, and techniques for making cheese were limited by climate, geography, and equipment. But modern technology, along with the recent artisanal renaissance, has opened up the diverse, time-honored, and dynamic world of cheese to enthusiasts willing to take its humble fundamentals (milk, starters, coagulants, and salt) and transform them into complex edibles.
Artisan Cheese Making at Home is the most ambitious and comprehensive guide to making cheese at home, filled with easy-to-follow instructions for making mouthwatering cheese and dairy items. Renowned cooking instructor Mary Karlin has spent years working alongside the country’s most passionate artisan cheese producers, time spent cooking, creating, and learning the nuances of their trade. She presents her findings in this lavishly illustrated guide, which features more than 80 recipes for a diverse range of cheeses: from quick and satisfying Mascarpone and Queso Blanco to cultured products such as Crème Fraîche and Yogurt to flavorful selections like Saffron-Infused Manchego, Irish-Style Cheddar, and Bloomy Blue Log Chèvre.
Fermented foods and drinks help improve digestion, enable us to better assimilate vitamins and minerals, and strengthen the immune system. And best of all, they’re tasty! Think kombucha, real ginger ale, and cider. Many of these you can buy at the store, but making them at home is simple, economical, and even better for you. Kombucha, Kefir, and Beyond shows you how.
First and foremost, The Herbalist’s Kitchen is a cookbook, with 200 fresh and delicious, health-supportive recipes including an Asiago, Apple, and Sage Tart Tatin; Rosemary-Roasted Vegetable Spaghetti; Thyme and Pear Cake; Lemon Glazed Scallops with Citrus Salsa; and Elderberry Chicken Tagine. But it goes beyond food, with information and preparations for 40 herbs (from angelica, bergamot, calendula, and chamomile to lavender, tarragon, thyme, and turmeric) that work not just in the kitchen, but also as tinctures, infusions, and essential oils.
In this extensive collection, fermentation pioneer Holly Davis shares more than 120 recipes for familiar (and lesser-known) cultured foods, including yogurt, pickles, kimchi, umeboshi, scrumpy, and more. This inspiring resource contains more than 100 photographs, plus plenty of helpful how-tos and informational charts offering guidance on incorporating fermented ingredients into the diet.
Wild foods are increasingly popular, as evidenced by the number of new books about identifying plants and foraging ingredients, as well as those written by chefs about culinary creations that incorporate wild ingredients. The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, however, goes well beyond both of these genres to deeply explore the flavors of local terroir, combining the research and knowledge of plants and landscape that chefs often lack with the fascinating and innovative techniques of a master food preserver and self-described “culinary alchemist.”
The first canning manual and cookbook authored by a Michelin-starred chef and restaurant owner, The Preservation Kitchen reveals a world of endless flavor combinations using revolutionary ideas that bring homemade preserves deliciously to life. Pairing science with art, Paul Virant presents expert preserving techniques, sophisticated recipes, and seasonal menus inspired by the award-winning fare at his restaurant, Vie, in Western Springs, Illinois. Imaginative tangy jams, brandied fruits, zesty relishes, cured meats, and sweet and savory conserves are the focus of the first half of this book, while seasonal menus pairing these preserves with everything from salads and cocktails to poached fish and braised meat compose the second. Brandied Cherries used in Cherry Clafoutis, or as a garnish for the Beer-Jam Manhattan, are a sweet reminder of the summer harvest. And the Chicken Fried Steak with Smoked Spring Onion Relish anticipates warmer days when you’re still deep in winter. Alongside recipes and menus, Virant draws on his extensive technical knowledge and experience to provide detailed and comprehensive guidelines for safe canning practices, testing pH, pressure canning, water bath processing, and storing. But no matter how precise the science, Virant never forgets the art in each handcrafted preserve and thoughtfully developed recipe. His unique approach re-imagines seasonal eating by harmonizing opposite or unusual partnerships: the brightness of summer fruit may be tempered with the earthiness of meats and winter produce, or the delicacy of spring vegetables might be enriched by the robust herbs and spices more typical of fall. The Preservation Kitchen not only demonstrates and instructs, it encourages and explores the limitless possibilities of capturing the seasons in a jar.
This DIY guide introduces the unique ingredients and techniques used in Asian pickle-making, including a vast array of quick pickles for the novice pickler and numerous techniques that take more adventurous cooks beyond the basic brine. With fail-proof instructions, a selection of helpful resources, and more than 75 of the most sought-after pickle recipes from the East (Korean Whole Leaf Cabbage Kimchi, Japanese Umeboshi, Chinese Preserved Vegetable, Indian Coconut-Cilantro Chutney, Vietnamese Daikon and Carrot Pickle, and more), Asian Pickles is your passport to explore this region’s preserving possibilities.
Popular food blogger Marisa McClellan takes you through all manner of food in jars, storing away the tastes of all seasons for later. Basics like jams and jellies are accompanied by pickles, chutneys, conserves, whole fruit, tomato sauces, salsas, marmalades, nut butters, seasonings, and more.
Bread Science: The Chemistry and Craft of Making Bread focuses on the process of making bread instead of on individual recipes. Each chapter details a different step of the process with practical instructions, helpful tips and potential pitfalls described.