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Of Cabbages and Kimchi
Of Cabbages and Kimchi

Of Cabbages and Kimchi

A Practical Guide to the World of Fermented Food



240 Pages, 6 x 7.8

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $40.00 (US $40.00)

Publication Date: May 2024

ISBN 9780241455005

Rights: US

Penguin Random House UK (May 2024)
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A playful and accessible guide to fermenting at home

"Lovely... delightful... enchanting." —Nigella Lawson

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 watercolor illustrations, Of Cabbages and Kimchi will help you create, understand and appreciate fermentation's bubbling magic.

Includes metric measures.


"One of the most user-friendly fermented food books out there." -- Nigel Slater

"A fantastically thorough introductory guide to the wild wonderland of fermentation. Through his own journey with kimchi, and then literally everything else, James Read captures the unbridled joy of discovery, a joy that he contagiously passes on with scores of fun, feasible recipes, while Marija Tiurina's accompanying illustrations bring this magical microbial world to life with imagery that would make Lewis Carroll proud. I give
Of Cabbages & Kimchi 5 out of 5 crockpots -- David Zilber, co-author of THE NOMA GUIDE TO FERMENTATION

"A fizzing global tour of the magic and mysteries of fermentation, from sauerkraut to yoghurt, soy sauce to kombucha. Packed with cultural, historical and scientific insights, James Read's debut book is both a fascinating read and a practical kitchen guide. I am clearly going to have to start making my own soy sauce!" -- Fuchsia Dunlop, author of THE FOOD OF SICHUAN

"Delightfully enthusiastic ... James Read writes about these "fizzy foods" with a spirit of humorous exploration, an atmosphere reinforced by the book's surreal illustrations from Marija Tiurina ... There are already several excellent books about fermentation, but Read brings a freshness to the subject, which gave me an itch to do more of it... This one is a hit" -- Bee Wilson ―
Financial Times

"Tells you simply, clearly and charmingly how to make everything from yoghurt to vinegar to soy sauce to sauerkraut and, of course, kimchi. Of Cabbages and Kimchi is an an utter, utter joy and I cannot recommend it enough. It's brilliant!" -- Max Halley

"From the first fizzing kimchi burp in the opening paragraph I knew I was in for a gripping and fascinating read.
Of Cabbages & Kimchi is an enthralling invitation into a world where true satisfaction lies in the bubbles of life that come with fermentation. This is a book that has it all, from the rich stories and history behind fermentation, as well as clear techniques, and a collection of delectable recipes - it's a gift to anyone who wants to dive into fermentation" -- Lara Lee, author of COCONUT & SAMBAL

"A longtime fermenter, I wondered how much James Read's illustrated book on its joys and benefits might have for me. I'm delighted to say: a great deal... A book to inspire confidence in newcomers and engage the converted" -- Mark Diacono ―

What the world needs now is a brilliant book about bubble and burp. Really. Tune into the wit, wisdom and sheer joy of a first-time author who can really write. Everything you'll ever need to know about a weird and wonderful process that happens naturally every day, everywhere, for as long as little green apples fell off trees. And Marija Tiurina's illustrations are gorgeous - funny, too -- Elisabeth Luard, author of EUROPEAN PEASANT COOKERY

Author Biography

James Read is the founder of Kim Kong Kimchi, a company that's made tens of thousands of jars of kimchi distributed through hundreds of stores across Europe. Kim Kong Kimchi has given James the opportunity to build his own walk-in remotely-monitored fermentarium, write an array of fizz-related spreadsheets and address audiences from London's Chinatown to Copenhagen on the wonders of fermented foods. He adores research, reading peer-reviewed papers on microbiota, hunting out ingredient origin myths and running A/B tests on fermenting pineapple cores.