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The History and Natural Magic of Fermentation

The Field Trip podcast takes a tour through the world of pickles, meeting a couple of masters of the tangy arts. They talk to Sandor Ellix Katz, who muses on the long and delicious history of our relationship to ferments. That section starts around 16:58, and is well worth a listen!

He answers questions like: What does it smell like in your kitchen right now?

And: How do you know that the sauerkraut you’ve been fermenting at room temperature on your kitchen counter for weeks won’t kill you?

The answer to that one is striking. According to Sandor there has never been a recorded case of food poisoning from fermented vegetables. Which means that fermented vegetables are far safer than raw ones, as several of the most devastating recent outbreaks of food-borne illness have come rolling down the produce aisle — not from the slaughterhouse as you might have suspected.

We’re definitely fermentation lovers around here, and we’re happy to be Sandor’s publisher! Later this spring we’ll be bringing his newest book, The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World, to hungry readers everywhere. Check it out! We bet you’ll be as excited to get a copy as we are to publish this new fermentation bible!


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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