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Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  379 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Preserve your favorite foods through every season with Real Food Fermentation. Control your own ingredients, techniques, and additives. Learn a practical food-preparation skill you’ll use again and again. And express yourself by making something unique and whole.

Inside, you’ll find:

—All the basics: the process, the tools, and how to get started

—A guide to choosing the righ
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Quarry Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This book covers a lot of fermented foods in very little space, plus has many detailed photographs. As such, it is a great starter reference book for those new to fermenting their own foods and beverages. This is especially true if you are not sure if you are just looking to dabble. After some usual introductory information about equipment and choosing your ingredients this book covers sauerkraut and other lacto-fermented vegetables; fermented dairy like cultured butter and yoghurt; fermented fr ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cooks of all levels
An excellent cookbook-guide to fermentation (veg, dairy, beverages) that is copiously illustrated with step-by-step photos; should be easily used by beginning & experienced cooks alike.

In addition to illustrated recipes with suggestions for use, Lewin also gives a lot of vital information in the opening chapters and in brief sections that accompany the recipes. He typically gives a few different options for accomplishing fermentation with different ingredients (i.e., open fermentation or yea
Terry Miller
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
The author makes fermentation of vegetables and other foods very approachable for the novice preserver. The illustrations are of high quality and appear to be useful in illustrating the author's intended points. The book covers a lot of technique and it appears that the reader will benefit from reading the entire book prior to starting a recipe.

I will note that the author spends quite a bit of effort proselytizing the benefits of the slow food culture. There's quite a bit of prose devoted to the
Hana Curry
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Most of the recipes were far too complicated than what I was looking for. I did find the recipe for Kombucha very interesting and informative since I have already been brewing my own. The only other recipe I would be willing to try at this time was preserved lemons and limes (which I had never even crossed my mind to ferment).
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
There is a good selection of recipes here. A bigger selection than most but not nearly as impressive as the most. The recipes are well described and photographed.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good introduction to fermentation methods.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
A great deal of time is spent discussing how to chop vegetables with an excess of photos of chopping, slicing, and food processors that add nothing to the learning experience. Less time is spent discussing the how-to of fermentation and that can be somewhat vague. For example the section on sauerkraut, on which we are supposed to build our fermentation skills, has 6 steps on how to chop a cabbage (7 if you count the one that suggests a food processor) and then 4 on the fermentation preparation t ...more
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I didn't know I was part of an emerging slow food "craze," because I've come to the place where I want to preserve foods via the age-old lacto-fermentation process naturally. As a kid, growing up on a farm in the 1950s, we pickled, we made sauerkraut . . . so I've actually gone back to my way of cooking from scratch. And let me tell you, fermented wild dandelion greens are delicious! So is fermented kale & carrots!

I highly recommend Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Li
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, helpfully visual primer for beginning home fermenters. All the classic, easy basics are here: sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kefir, cultured butter, crème fraîche, pickles, chutneys, vinegar, cider, and kombucha (with a recipe toward the end for corned beef, which I previously did not know was traditionally a fermented food!). There is some more brief information on cultural staples like wine, beer, cheese and bread, since each of those staples already has a library of volumes dedicat ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, making
This is a nicely put together and visually appealing introduction to fermentation. There is a good section on the basics of technique and equipment as well as a well illustrated introduction to sauerkraut. There are a few great inventive recipes, and good intros to kombucha, kefir and a few other things. I would recommend this to someone who had no exposure to fermentation, but if you've done much of anything at all, I would probably recommend The Art of Fermentation instead.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-and-drink
Fun, enthusiastic primer on fermenting food. Instructions are easy to follow and the writer keeps gadgets and ingredients to a minimum--she doesn't necessarily advocate the use of fancy appliances or the purchase of cultures, though she admits that these are available. This makes fermentation a realistic endeavor rather than an expensive one that requires the practitioner to hunt down esoteric foods or bacteria in order to create healthful and tasty preserved vegetables, fruits, and dairy.
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book- the best on fermentation that I've picked up. The photos are so helpful and the recipes easy to follow. Due to this book I got brave enough to try a few new things that I will now make regularly!
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, food
put together like pioneer woman cookbooks
tons of colorful step-by-step photos
part cookbook, part informational book
super excited to try carolina-style slaw
Sandor Katz's books are better but this is a great beginner book
Matt Kruse
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
A good, basic introduction to a variety of fermented foods. It hits the highlights on a lot of areas (kraut and other veggies, dairy, non-dairy beverages), but doesn't have a lot of recipes in any one area.
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a lot about fermented foods, so I don't know for sure how good this book is (i.e., can you get all this info on the internet?), but I liked the recipes. Some day I might try some of the simpler ones.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
I enjoyed learning more about fermenting foods. This book explains the basics of fermentation but the best thing about it is the very detailed pictures and detailed instructions in the book...very helpful! I can't wait to try some of the recipes! Fabulous into book to fermentation!
Aleen Simms
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Haven't tried fermenting yet, but found the photographs and step-by-step instructions useful for learning.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Marvelous. Let's get culturing!
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To the point! Actually processes the homemaker can use.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great starter

Lots of information to get started. But not a lot on kombucha tea or water know kefir.not quite what I needed.
Elizabeth Hills
Good introductory text for fermentation. Beautiful pictures and design layout.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Great for the beginner! Step by step directions , clear directions and recipes, great tips and helpful techniques.
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good basic introduction to the world of food fermentation. It's definitely aimed at the home cook, and is amply illustrated with step by step recipes.
sara frances
nice fermenting 101 guide.
Teri L.
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-nutrition
Good introduction to fermented foods, and a primer on making your own.
Great bibliography on articles, books and films about the good food movement.
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Neatly organized. Detailed instructions, good information overall.
Kirsten Swanson
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
awesome pictures, great informative text
Jon Stoski
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book to get something started. Has great pictures, and makes hands-on jobs a snap. You _will_ get the pages dirty.
Heydi Smith
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love this book. I want to try them all!
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Helpful for starting culturing.
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I am an author, software engineer and architect, fermenter, health coach, real food activist, trained chef, raw milk drinker, motorcycle and scooter rider, and urban bicyclist. I write the blog Feed Me Like You Mean It. I think that Ball jars are the ultimate glassware. My heroes include Sandor Katz, Sally Fallon, Vandana Shiva, Kurt Vonnegut, Anthony Bourdain, and Alan Turing.

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