Of Cabbages and Kimchi

Of Cabbages and Kimchi: A Practical Guide to the World of Fermented Food

Food & Drink, Food & Drink Writing, Home & Garden
Hardback Published on: 02/03/2023
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A playful and accessible guide to fermenting at home.

James Read is on a mission to smuggle bacteria into our kitchens. In Of Cabbages & Kimchi, he takes the ten greatest 'living' ferments - fermented foods that are neither cooked nor pasteurized - and places them under the microscope, before cooking with them in all their delicious versatility.

From the fiery funk of kimchi to the velvet tang of kefir, James describes the microbial process, then shares his recipes for recreating these wonders in your own kitchen - no specialist equipment required. Alongside his recipes, James investigates the extraordinary cultural and historic backgrounds of fermented foods, exploring how the microbes that bring them to life have developed alongside our culinary evolution.

Featuring over fifty recipes - including Mushroom and Sauerkraut Pierogi, Chilled Radish Noodle Soup and Green Chilli Fermented Salsa - and packed to the brim with Marija Tiurina's gastro-surrealist watercolour illustrations, Of Cabbages and Kimchi will help you create, understand and appreciate fermentation's bubbling magic.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241455005
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 560g
  • Dimensions: 202 x 154 x 28 mm

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Of Cabbages and Kimchi
A fantastic introduction to making and using kimchi, hot sauce, sauerkraut and so much more!
What a wonderful book! Everything you need to know to start fermentation of your own - from entry level sauerkraut to the year-long project that is soy sau... READ MORE
James Turner Inman
Of Cabbages and Kimchi
A masterpiece of fermentation history & know-how
There are countless books on ferments out there and yet James has managed to write one that stands out above the rest. The history of each ferment in the b... READ MORE
Pratap Chahal
Of Cabbages and Kimchi
A gem of a book
I'm not usually motivated to write reviews but this book is so full of delightful story telling that I had to stop reading it to write this. There's more ... READ MORE
Ben Reddick
Of Cabbages and Kimchi
Gorgeous, informative, witty and fun.
This is such a heartwarming little book. The illustrations are captivating but the recipes, history, and science are all presented with adorably geeky enth... READ MORE
Nicola Burkinshaw