Sandor Ellix Katz at Powell’s November 14th and Contest!

November 5th, 2012

Come to the downtown Powell's for Sandor's book event Wednesday, November 14th at 7:30pm. Comment here for a chance to win a copy of his newest book -- The Art of Fermentation!

Sandor Ellix Katz aka Sandorkraut is one of my favorite people and so I’m very excited that he’s coming back to Portland for an Edible Portland sponsored Powell’s Books event for his newest book The Art of Fermentation on Wednesday, November 14th (National Pickle Day!) at 7:30pm at the downtown Powell’s. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Nashville to interview Sandor for The Sun Magazine and also invite Sandor to speak along with festival co-organizers at our inaugural Portland Fermentation Festival in 2009. This time around I even get to host Sandor at my home while he’s in Portland. Yes! I have so much to be grateful for.

Sandor Ellix Katz and me at Short Mountain Sanctuary, a couple hours south of Nashville, in January 2009.

Sandor’s newest book — which follows his other two titles: Wild Fermentation and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved — is an in-depth cultural, anthropological and deeply personal look at fermented foods with loads of DIY inspiration and detailed info. on crafting everything from miso and sake to fish sauce and high meat.

Chelsea Green — Sandor’s Vermont publishing house extraordinaire — has sent me a copy of the book to give away here as a promo. for the downtown Powell’s event. I’m going to run this contest like I always do. I’ve choosen a lucky number and that numbered commenter gets the book. I’ll bring it to the reading on the 14th to give to you and then you can get it signed by the author himself and hopefully we can get a photo of you with Sandor as well.

Here’s what I’d like you to comment about for a chance to win — what’s the best fermented food or drink that you’ve ever had and why? It can be a ferment that you made — sauerkraut, homemade wine, miso, cheese etc. or it can be something that someone else made or that you bought. I’ll start the conversation with my answer — my homemade fruit wines. So good.

See you at Sandor’s book event on the 14th!

The Art of Fermentation
By Sandor Ellix Katz
Published by Chelsea Green
528 pages

Downtown Powell’s event with Sandor Ellix Katz for The Art of Fermentation
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 7:30pm

7 Responses to “Sandor Ellix Katz at Powell’s November 14th and Contest!”

  1. Chris Harris Says:

    Sandor rocks! I wish I could attend but will be in Spokane. Fermented faves include homemade sauerkraut, Tartine country bread, and my wife’s grape wine. We had visitors from Seattle and we nailed a gallon in one night!

    Have a great time!!


  2. Emily P. Says:

    If only I did not already have a copy of the book! My favorite recent fermented food that I made was a radish kimchi from Maangchi’s website. Napa kimchi is a standby, but this was the first time I’ve made kkakdugi, and it’s addictively good. I also had some delicious spicy sauerkraut at Bar Tartine while in SF last week. And Tartine bread! I could live on that stuff. Now I just need to figure out how to make it myself.

  3. Gretchan Says:

    Best ferment ever – housemade natto of course from Heidi’s Daisuke of course! The natto was mixed with egg yolk and soy sauce, topped with thinly sliced green onion tops. To eat, use chopsticks or dollup into nori paper. Yum! Even my then 5 year old couldn’t resist the primordial goodness. Hope to see you at Powells!

  4. Chelsea Ingle Says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Sandor at the Fermentation Festival in Sebastopol, CA last June. He is a friend of Adam, former owner of Kombucha Botanica, whose bubblies I brought with me to share and enter in a kombucha tasting contest. That was the start of a long kombucha tour I embarked on with my partner Jon. We sold on tap along the coast, representing Santa Cruz and Portland with Eva’s Herbucha. I am now experimenting myself with various flavors of kombucha and our own Jun culture. Jon, a former employee of Farmhouse Culture, is deeply passionate about sauerkraut and I’d love to get him a copy of the “fermentation bible”. He just requested it at the library….

  5. Liz Crain Says:

    #5 was the lucky number but since we didn’t get there the closest to that is lucky #4 Chelsea Ingle! Are you going to Sandor’s Powell’s event on Wednesday? If so I’ll bring it to you then — if not we’ll work it out. Congratulations!

  6. Micki Josi Says:

    I want to win! I love to make kimchi and kombucha!

  7. Natalie Says:

    Oh no! I just saw this. I can’t make it tonight but I hope the event is a packed and joyous time for everyone. Just because you asked, my favorite fermented treat was a batch of lacto-fermented salsa my sister made for me as a holiday gift. If only I could make it as well as she does!

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