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National Pickle Month is Off to a Sour Start

…And for this holiday, that’s a good thing!

July is the perfect time to celebrate pickles. Their tangy zing and refreshing crunch go great with steamy evenings out by the grill, or as a garnish to a dish of cold quinoa and veggies when it’s too hot to cook. If you’re a gardener you might be drowning in cucumbers or green beans by now too, and pickling is one of the best ways to preserve the beauty and nutrition of the growing season on into the winter.

This week we’re putting our very best books on pickles and other zesty, fermented methods of preserving fresh vegetables on sale, and we’ll be sharing pickle recipes for the rest of the month too. Join our Facebook community to be the first to know when we spill the dilly bean tips and kimchi checklists!

The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World by Sandor Ellix Katz, Foreword by Michael Pollan
Simply put, the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Required reading for any aspiring prince or princess of pickles.
Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods by Sandor Ellix Katz
The first cookbook to widely explore the culinary magic of fermentation, this book offers simple, step-by-step instructions for a range of foods from sour pickles to yogurt to beer.
Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation by The Gardeners and Farmers of Terre Vivante

A book that goes back to the future — celebrating traditional but little-known French techniques for storing and preserving edibles in ways that maximize flavor and nutrition.

Making the Most of Your Glorious Glut: Cooking, Storing, Freezing, Drying & Preserving Your Garden Produce by Jackie Sherman
What do you do when life gives you bushels of beans? Pickle them, of course! Recipes for using fresh produce in new and exciting ways, plus how to pickle, preserve, dry, bottle and juice all your surplus fruit and vegetables so that they can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Books on sale for 25% off until July 16.


The Etymology of Stock and Broth

Question: When you make soup, do you start with stock or broth? Answer: It depends. Rachael Mamane answers that question and others in Mastering Stocks and Broths, the definitive and most comprehensive guide on stocks, broths, and how to prepare and use them. As a special treat to celebrate the book launch, we’ve got an excerpt […] Read More

How well do you know your charcuterie?

Prosciutto. Andouille. Country ham. The extraordinary rise in popularity of cured meats in recent years often overlooks the fact that the ancient practice of meat preservation through the use of salt, time, and smoke began as a survival technique. All over the world, various cultures developed ways to extend the viability of the hunt—and later […] Read More

4 Books for Growing Food in Winter

Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food. For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season with techniques outlined in these essential books. There’s no need for urbanites and small-space dwellers […] Read More

Is My Broth (or Stock) Bad?

Are you planning to start the GAPS diet or any other diet aimed at boosting gut health this year? If so, chances are that stocks and broths are critical components. Even if you’re not changing the way you eat, but you often have pots of aromatic goodness bubbling on your stove, you may have wondered, […] 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 Spring. Author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors can help you grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s book, Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening, is […] Read More
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