Best source for general information about fermentation?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 01, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Is there a good one-stop source for information about fermentation? Like tips on what food to ferment. Time of fermenting. Different benefits. Etc.

I've heard a lot about the book Nourishing Traditions or the book The Art of Fermentation. But any tips on which is the best book or web source would be appreciated. Thanks!

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on May 01, 2013
at 04:35 PM

I think the best is really anything by Sandor Katz. The Art of Fermentation is great (probably the best), but if you're new to fermenting I'd give his book called Wild Fermentation a go. The latter is much smaller and easier to get through for a first-timer; the former is far more complete, but more helpful for someone who's done a few ferments already.



on May 01, 2013
at 04:17 PM

Your guess is correct: Nourishing Traditions is a great book to start learning about fermenting foods. It covers all the basics, for a variety of vegetables. The book is not solely focussed on fermented foods, but it covers a lot.

I hadn't heard about The Art of Fermentation until now, but it seems pretty great! I have a big wine and mead making background, and it's nice to see this book cover that as well as drinks, meats & fish, veggies, and dairy. This book is definitely on my to-read list now.

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