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I have been due to read a Sandor Katz book for awhile now. I am glad I was able to get the revised edition of this book. Fermentation has become a hobby of mine for the last few years. I've made sourdough, kombucha, milk kefir, water kefir, jun kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, and recently started lacto-fermentation of pickles and garlic. On a regular basis, I make jun kombucha at least twice a week and sourdough almost…

Marcus Wareing is a Michelin starred London based chef. He is widely known on UK TV for judging "Masterchef: The Professionals". I've been a fan of Wareing since watching him judge "Great British Menu". Masterchef: The Pros is one of my absolute favourite TV programmes. Last year, I was lucky enough to dine at Marcus at the Berkeley. It was one of the best dining experiences. I hope to go back one day. I was…

Books and Reading My goal for 2018 was to read 32 books. 2017 was not a good reading year, but 2018 was much better. As of this writing, I read 45 books! The following are books that I dumped: Georgette Heyer mysteries - I read the one that I owned then I tried to read one more from the library, but gave up. I enjoyed Heyer's Regency romances, but her mysteries were rather flat.The Queen's…

This is a graphic novel and cookbook in one. It's about Cohen's life as a chef and vegetable focused restaurant owner. Along side recipes and discussions on how to cook vegetables well, there is a lot of on how the struggles and challenges of opening and managing a restaurant. It may be a slightly easier outside of New York City, but I have always been wary of that industry. As much as I like food…

With this entry, I have gone off the one sourdough recipe I have been making and found others. Basically, I am doing the turn and fold method with the long bulk fermentation for all my breads now. It is mostly working too and I love eating my sourdough. I bake it about once a week now, often prepping the dough in the morning and evening for first and second proof, then baking at night. I…

The Smitten Kitchen food blog is my favourite food blog and has been for many years so when Ms Perelman announced that she was going to release a book, I knew I would eventually buy it. Most of my cookbooks were sourced from a book surplus site which is more discounted than Amazon. However, I bought this book full price from Amazon.ca because I knew I would love it. Food and Cookbooks are in general…

In 2012, I created my own sourdough starter from scratch. It used organic flours (rye, kamut, whole wheat, spelt) and distilled water. I kept the sourdough alive and tried to make sourdough bread half a dozen times. However, it was only mildly successful one time when I made a Olive Sourdough Fougasse. I basically gave up on sourdough until recently. It's been a personal challenge for me as a baker. I put the sourdough starter…

This a follow up review to one I made when I first read this book in 2014. However, I had not made anything from this book. I still find it useful even though the costs and availability do not apply to my country or growing season. However, I really enjoyed reading about Reese's experiments. She offers some very basic and classic recipes (pasta making, sauces, etc.) to some less typical ones (salted pork, cured salmon).…

This is the first of three Paul Hollywood books I will review. As someone who loves baking, most of my cookbooks are focused on baking from the sweet to savoury to bread. This book covers that. It is the British edition of the book which I ordered from Book Outlet. I do prefer the UK editions of cookbooks. What is a bit inconvenient is that Hollywood loves Stilton cheese which I can't eat due to…

Like many others, I became more interested in Intermittent Fasting (IF) after watching Dr Mosley's BBC Horizon programme on it. I began to realize that this would be the only diet that I could ever do. It's more of an eating pattern, but it is one that I can relate to. I do believe people eat too much in the West and especially junk or processed food. Food is everywhere. It's excessive. This "diet" is…