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Wild Fermentation (book)

Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods
Author Sandor Katz
Country United States
Language English
Subject(s) Fermentation
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
Publication date September 2003
Media type PAPERBACK
ISBN ISBN 1-931498-23-7

Wild Fermentation discusses the ancient practice of fermentation. While most of the conventional literature assumes the use of modern technology, Wild Fermentation focuses more on the practice and culture of fermenting food.

The term "wild fermentation" refers to the reliance on naturally occurring bacteria and yeast to ferment food. For example, conventional bread making requires the use of a commercial, highly specialized yeast, while wild-fermented bread relies on naturally occurring cultures that are found on the flour, in the air, and so on. Similarly, the book's instructions on sauerkraut require only cabbage and salt, relying on the cultures that naturally exist on the vegetable to perform the fermentation.

The book also discusses some foods that are not, strictly speaking wild ferments, such as miso, yoghurt, kefir, and nattō.

Beyond food, the book includes some discussion of social, personal, and political issues, such as the legality of raw milk cheeses in the United States.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Wild_Fermentation_(book)". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.
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