Although fermentation has an ancient history, fermented foods are currently experiencing a renaissance: Kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, and other potent fermentables appeal not only for their health benefits, but also because they are fun, adventurous DIY projects for home cooks of every level. Mastering Fermentation is a beautifully illustrated and authoritative guide to the art and science of fermented foods, featuring more than 70 recipes that allow you to progress from simple fermented condiments such as vinegars and mustards to more advanced techniques for using wild yeast starters, fermenting meats, and curing fish.
Cooking instructor and author Mary Karlin begins with a solid introduction to the wide world of fermentation, explaining essential equipment, ingredients, processes, and techniques. The diverse chapters cover everything from fermented dairy to grains and breads; legumes, nuts, and aromatics; and fermented beverages. Last but not least, the book concludes with more than 20 globally inspired recipes that incorporate fermented foods into enticing finished dishes such as Grilled Lamb Stuffed with Apricot-Date Chutney and Saffron Yogurt Sauce.
Just a century ago, cheese was still a relatively regional and European phenomenon, and techniques for making cheese were limited by climate, geography, and equipment. But modern technology, along with the recent artisanal renaissance, has opened up the diverse, time-honored, and dynamic world of cheese to enthusiasts willing to take its humble fundamentals (milk, starters, coagulants, and salt) and transform them into complex edibles.
Artisan Cheese Making at Home is the most ambitious and comprehensive guide to making cheese at home, filled with easy-to-follow instructions for making mouthwatering cheese and dairy items. Renowned cooking instructor Mary Karlin has spent years working alongside the country’s most passionate artisan cheese producers, time spent cooking, creating, and learning the nuances of their trade. She presents her findings in this lavishly illustrated guide, which features more than 80 recipes for a diverse range of cheeses: from quick and satisfying Mascarpone and Queso Blanco to cultured products such as Crème Fraîche and Yogurt to flavorful selections like Saffron-Infused Manchego, Irish-Style Cheddar, and Bloomy Blue Log Chèvre.