Sunday, March 25, 2012

guru encounters in california

Fig. 1. San Francisco by sea.

I spent the second half of January in Northern California, one of my new favourite places in the world.

Berkeley, California is home to Cultured Pickle Shop, and I spent a week there scrubbing beets, mixing sauerkraut, filling jars, and grilling master-pickler Alex Hozven about her ascent to pickle stardom.

I also wandered around sunny San Francisco for a few days. Naturally, I made the pilgrimage to Tartine bakery, home of Chad Robertson, the author of my sourdough bread bible. I braved the line-up, feasted on my delicious purchases, and glimpsed the master (see here for glamour shots).

Figs. 2 & 3. It wasn't just about the food.

Friday, March 9, 2012

I ferment, you ferment, we ferment

Montrealers! I will be leading a Fermentation ABCs workshop at D├ępanneur le Pick Up on Tuesday, March 27, 8pm. 

We'll talk about the craft and get our hands dirty. Plus, everyone will leave with two different vegetable mixtures to ferment at home, plus a yogurt sample to get you started with dairy fermentation!

To sign up, contact .


Come one, come all!