05 Jun '12, 4pm

Fermentation is the basis of culture: A manifesto by Sandor Katz

Fermentation is the basis of culture: A manifesto by Sandor Katz

Get a recipe for ginger beer. (Photo by Reese Lloyd.) Editor’s note: Finally, Sandor Katz — the nation’s fermentation expert — has written a bible-sized book about his craft. Beyond sauerkraut, bread, and beer, The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World takes readers into the outer realms of the theory and practice behind this edgy, traditional approach to food preservation. What follows is an excerpt from Katz’ introduction, but it can also serve as a kind of manifesto for his work. See Katz’ recipe for homemade ginger beer and “ginger bug” for more on the how-to side of things. One word that repeatedly comes to the fore in my exploration and thinking about fermentation is culture . Fermentation relates to culture in many different ways, corresponding with the many layers of meaning embedded in this important...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/fermentation-is-the-basis-of-cultur...

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