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LISTEN: R. J. Ruppenthal on Raising Your Own Food in Lean Times

The February 3 edition of Your Own Health and Fitness on California’s KPFA radio station (on the web at KPFA.org) featured author R. J. Ruppenthal. He spoke to Layna Berman about raising a portion of your own food during this economic downturn, even if you live in a cramped urban apartment, by using creative methods to get the most out of your small space. Ruppenthal’s book is Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting.

A recent article in the news warned consumers that the lack of rain in California will lead to increased food prices. Where does it end? A financial crisis that threatens to erase the middle class, global warming, and now a drought? Bad news.

But all this bad news is giving rise to a movement by people taking control of their consumption habits and finding creative ways to get by. One way is by growing food. Everywhere. Community gardens are sprouting up in urban landscapes, backyards, and even on tiny balconies.

Today’s guest has experience from years of hard work, success, and failure. The result: a book he wishes he had when he had started. Join us today to learn how to raise “Fresh Food from Small Spaces.”

Listen now.


Recipe: Sandor’s Strawberry Kvass (from Wild Fermentation)

Since its publication in 2003, Wild Fermentation has inspired people to turn their kitchens into food labs: fermenting vegetables into sauerkraut, milk into cheese or yogurt, grains into sourdough bread, and much more.This updated and revised edition, now with full color photos throughout, is sure to introduce a whole new generation to the flavors and health […] Read More

Recipe: Fermented Hot Sauce with Wild Greens

Like hot sauce? Fermenting? Wild greens? This Fermented Hot Sauce with Wild Greens recipe from The New Wildcrafted Cuisine has it all! Wild foods are becoming increasingly popular, as more and more people want to learn how to identify plants and forage for their own ingredients, but self-described “culinary alchemist” deeply explores the flavors of […] Read More

The Fermentation Revolution Wants You!

Michael Pollan calls him the “Johnny Appleseed of Fermentation” and he’s known far and wide as Sandorkraut. He’s also been dubbed The Prince of Pickles and a Fermentation Fetishist, but we also know him as Sandor Ellix Katz—The New York Times-bestselling and Beard Award-winning author. With the long-awaited and soon-to-be celebrated release of the updated […] Read More

Two Recipes: Blossom Butter; Herb Garden Butter

We’re always looking for ways to put our summer garden blossoms and herbs to good use in the kitchen. These two recipes offer simple ways to use edible flowers and herbs that you can pick right in your backyard.These recipes are from The Occidental Arts and Ecology Cookbook, the 2016 IACP Cookbook Awards WINNER!  (“Food […] Read More

Sandor Katz Keeps the Revolution Alive with a Revised Edition of Wild Fermentation

Sandor Ellix Katz returns to the iconic book that started the fermentation revolution, but with a fresh perspective, renewed enthusiasm, and expanded wisdom from his travels around the world.  This self-described fermentation revivalist is perhaps best known simply as Sandorkraut (see the fun image below), which describes his joyful and demystifying approach to making and eating fermented foods, […] Read More
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