Live Culture foods
Throughout human history people have preserved food in many ways, including live-culture fermentation. Think of great-grandma’s stories about the barrel of pickles in the corner store. These were live-culture foods, with the distinctive flavors and nutrition resulting from the transformative power of microscopic bacteria and fungi. In the same way that today’s health magazines sing the praises of yogurt, these live-culture foods help our bodies and our immune systems.
Amazingly enough, “catsup” and “sauerkraut” used to be alive foods too. Today the bottled substances you get in the supermarket are pasturized and deadened. By doing your own home fermentation, you can restore healthful nutrition to your family diet.
Live culture foods first came to my attention through Sally Fallon in her book Nourishing Traditions. Many ethnic cultures still have preservation traditions that include live culture foods. And our guest, Sandor Katz, is the recognized leader in bringing them back to popularity!
Sandor Ellix Katz is a self-taught fermentation experimentalist. He wrote Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods—which Newsweek called “the fermenting bible”—in order to share the fermentation wisdom he had learned, and demystify home fermentation. Since the book’s publication in 2003, Katz has taught hundreds of fermentation workshops across North America and beyond, taking on a role he describes as a “fermentation revivalist.” Now, in The Art of Fermentation, with a decade more experience behind him, the unique opportunity to hear countless stories about fermentation practices, and answering thousands of troubleshooting questions, he’s sharing a more in-depth exploration of the topic.
Read more about The Art of Fermentation http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_art_of_fermentation/
Sandor Katz’ website is http://www.wildfermentation.com
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