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‘Prince of Pickles’ to Preside Over Powell’s Pickle Day Party

Paula Crossfield, editor of Civil Eats, crowned Sandor Katz “Prince of Pickles” when she interviewed him earlier this year. He’s also been dubbed the “fermentation guru,” but that’s far less alliterative than what Katz often calls himself in interviews: A “fermentation fetishist.”

Katz’s passion for all things fermented makes his latest book, The Art of Fermentation, as zesty and exciting as a freshly opened crock of kim chi, not to mention a New York Times bestseller.

Do you have questions about sauerkraut, which Katz has dubbed his “gateway drug,” or are you curious to learn from Katz about new ferments you’ve never tried — like kefir, kvass and kombucha. Katz’s new book is the most comprehensive guide available, and will introduce you to fermented foods from cultures around the world. If your garden produced a patch of plump peas this summer, you can pickle that! Or you can pickle a peck of perfect peppers, Sandor Katz will show you how.

If you’re in the Portland area (the incredibly pickle-friendly Portland area), you will have the perfect opportunity to praise the Prince of Pickles in person. To celebrate National Pickle Day on November 14th, Powell’s City of Books is hosting Katz for a talk about The Art of Fermentation, and a book signing. Though, unlike the Portlandia episode Katz will keep his pickling panache strictly to truly edible items — no unused jewel cases, broken heels, or band aids. However, if we do say so ourselves – Katz’s chops are far superior to that of Fred Armisen’s. Maybe worthy enough for a cameo on Portlandia? Journalist Liz Crain is hosting Katz during his stay in Portland, and she’s also giving away a copy of the book (which you can get signed by Katz himself). Enter to win by leaving a comment on her post about your favorite ferment. Just in time for the holidays, we have combined Katz’s two classic books on fermentation (The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation) with a DVD of one of his popular workshops. Get all three in one reduced-price set here. . . . . .

Why You Need to Drink Wet-Hopped Beer Right Now

Wet-hopped beer is the ultimate in seasonal and local brews. It is made from fresh hops picked right off the bine in order to capture the aromatic hop flavor when it is most potent. The tricky part is fresh hops have virtually no shelf life, so brewers must spring into action as soon as the hops […] Read More..

Easy Fall Recipes for the Adventurous Eater

Fall is in full swing!There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are starting to turn, and it’s nearly impossible to resist working pumpkin into every meal.While autumn favorites like pumpkin pancakes and warm apple cider are sure to please, take advantage of the season’s harvest and try out some new dishes as well. Our […] Read More..

A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until next Spring. With author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors, you can grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s new book, Year-Round Indoor Salad […] Read More..

Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start.Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes developed […] Read More..

What in the World is a Pawpaw?

Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw: […] Read More..