Synopses & Reviews
A beautifully illustrated and authoritative guide to the art and science of fermented foods, featuring 70+ recipes that progress from simple fermented condiments like vinegars and mustards to more advanced techniques for using wild yeast, fermenting meats, and curing fish.
Fermented foods appeal to today's home cooks not only for their health benefits, but also for their DIY nature. This lavishly illustrated book offers a recipe-driven, food-first approach to fermentation while also exploring its fascinating history and health benefits. Mary Karlin offers a solid introduction to the principles of fermentation and explains equipment, ingredients, processes, and techniques, plus she includes two dozen recipes that incorporate fermented foods into elegant and enticing finished dishes like Grilled Lamb Stuffed with Apricot-Date Chutney.
“Mary Karlin does a lot to render a topic that is beguiling but mysterious in a direct and straightforward way. Mastering Fermentation is full of recipes and ideas that are imminently doable and also delicious. Do try making your own cream cheese and you’ll know its goodness!” Deborah Madison, author of Vegetable Literacy and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
“Mary Karlin has done it again, getting me all excited about the passions we share, as she previously did with cheese making and wood-fired cooking. But this time it’s for the whole magical category of fermentation, and she goes both broad and deep. I could not put this book down, and now I simply want to make everything in it.” Peter Reinhart, author of The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking and Artisan Breads Every Day
“If cooking is an art, and baking a science, then fermentation must be akin to magic. Ordinary foods — vegetables, milk, juice, tomatoes, tea — are transformed by it into the most extraordinary pickles, cheeses, vinegars, ketchups, and kombuchas. But, as with all magic, it’s important to stay on the side of light and goodness. Mary Karlin is the sorceress and this is her book of culinary spells.” Kiri Fisher, owner of The Cheese School of San Francisco
About the Author
Mary Karlin is a passionate cook, cooking teacher, cookbook author, and freelance food writer. She was a founding staff member and is currently a visiting chef-instructor at the award-winning Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma, CA, where she has taught wood-fired cooking, cheese making, fermentation, and Mediterranean-themed cooking classes for more than ten years.
Mary is also a guest instructor at The Fork at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese in Point Reyes, CA, and The Cheese School of San Francisco, as well as at other prominent culinary venues around the United States. She teaches an online cheese making course entitled “Artisan Cheese Making” on Craftsy.com. Mary is the author of two previous acclaimed cookbooks: Wood-Fired Cooking (2009) and Artisan Cheese Making at Home (2011).
When not teaching, Mary splits her time between Northern California and Arizona where she makes cheese, fills her pantry full of fermented food, and cooks at her wood-fired oven.
Table of Contents
Equipment, Ingredients, and Troubleshooting 9
Fermented Fruits and Vegetables
Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, and Aromatics
Fermented Grains, Breads, and Flatbreads
Cured Meats and Fish
Cooking with Fermented Foods
About the Author
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