The complete idiot's guide to fermenting foods

Wardeh Harmon

Book - 2012

Fermented foods are supercharged with incredible nutrition, unique flavor, and countless health benefits. This guide provides step-by-step instructions for fermenting vegetables and fruits into pickles, krauts, salsas, relishes, and chutneys.

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New York : Alpha Books c2012.
Physical Description
xv, 304 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references, Internet website resources ([291]-293) and index.
Main Author
Wardeh Harmon (-)
  • The fermentation story. A first look at fermentation ; What's in it for you? ; How fermentation works ; The fermenter's toolbox
  • Fermenting the fruits of the vine. Vegetables ; Fruits ; Condiments ; Nonalcoholic beverages ; Alcoholic beverages ; Beans ; Grains
  • Surf to turf fermenting. Nonchese cultured dairy ; Simple cheese ; Meats and fish.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Offers advice on the process of fermenting foods, providing information on how it works and the equipment required, and includes step-by-step instructions for making pickles, salsa, condiments, hummus, yogurt, and cheese.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Each book offers a complete overview of a particular topic--along with call-out boxes highlighting definitions, insights and more; appendices; and an index--in a series designed for smart and curious readers who are interested in learning.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Harmon, a writer and teacher of online classes on the fundamentals of traditional cooking, fermentation, and other cooking topics, offers beginners a guide to fermenting foods. She details the history of fermentation, types and how each works, the health benefits of fermented foods, equipment and tools, ingredients, methods, and fermenting vegetables, fruits, condiments, nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages, beans, dairy, meats, and fish, with about 150 recipes. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Review by Publisher Summary 4

• This is the first series book to discuss the wonderful health benefits of live-culture foods and the techniques for preparing them • Includes over 100 delicious recipes for all types of fermentations

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Make your own delicious cultured foods—safely and easily!The art of fermenting foods is an ages-old craft that is enjoying a resurgence as people are discovering not only the health benefits of live-culture foods, but the true pleasure of creating their own fermentations at home. From kombucha to kefir, and from sourdough to kimchi, research is proving that live-culture foods can help reduce high cholesterol, strengthen and support digestive and immune systems, and help fight and prevent chronic diseases. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Fermenting Foods covers the amazing health benefits of fermented foods and the techniques for safely fermenting food at home. Here's what you'll find in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fermenting Food:• Over 100 unique and delicious recipes for ferments of all types, including beverages, cultured dairy, fermented grains, vegetable ferments, and much more, and each with detailed instructions• Helpful insight on the tools and techniques you'll need to know to safely create nearly any type of fermented food• Detailed guidance on how fermentation works, how to troubleshoot common fermentation issues, and how to grow your own starters