The Guardian’s "Best Books on Drink” Pick
Most people know that wine is created by fermenting pressed grape juice and cider by pressing apples. But although it’s the most popular alcoholic drink on the planet, few people know what beer is made of. In lively and witty fashion, Miracle Brew dives into traditional beer’s four natural ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast, and water, each of which has an incredible story to tell.
From the Lambic breweries of Belgium, where beer is fermented with wild yeasts drawn down from the air around the brewery, to the aquifers below Burton-on-Trent, where the brewing water is rumored to contain life-giving qualities, Miracle Brew tells the full story behind the amazing role each of these fantastic four?a grass, a weed, a fungus, and water?has to play. Celebrated U.K. beer writer Pete Brown travels from the surreal madness of drink-sodden hop-blessings in the Czech Republic to Bamberg in the heart of Bavaria, where malt smoked over an open flame creates beer that tastes like liquid bacon. He explores the origins of fermentation, the lost age of hallucinogenic gruit beers, and the evolution of modern hop varieties that now challenge wine grapes in the extent to which they are discussed and revered.
Along the way, readers will meet and drink with a cast of characters who reveal the magic of beer and celebrate the joy of drinking it. And almost without noticing we’ll learn the naked truth about the world’s greatest beverage.
From the author of Handmade Gatherings comes Quench: a book offering more than 100 recipes for soft and hard drinks, including natural sodas, fruit nectars, tisanes, shrubs, kombucha, bitters, liqueurs, wines, infused liquors, party punches, and more.
Do-it-yourself beverages are gaining interest and intrigue across the culinary spectrum, with folks trying everything from homemade root beer to hard cider, fresh-squeezed ginger lemonade to handcrafted Irish cream. Professional mixologists and amateur home cooks alike are looking for beverages to inspire and satisfy, sourced from a variety of natural and seasonal ingredients. Quench offers the solution, covering the entire beverage range with hot, cold, fermented, infused, and cured offerings. There’s something here for every palate, occasion, and need. Quench promises to help you pour a glass of whatever it is you’re thirsting for.
Raw snacks are nature’s original fast foods—delicious, easy to prepare, and bursting with the ingredients you need to stay healthy and energized on even the busiest days. Stephanie Tourles offers 125 simple recipes for mouthwatering parfaits, trail mixes, smoothies, energy bars, juice blends, soups, vegetable chips, dips, candies, cookies and more. Made from unprocessed whole foods—such as nuts, seeds, dried and fresh fruits, vegetables, oats, carob, cocoa and fresh juices—these snacks have fewer than 250 calories and are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and enzymes.
Best-selling author Stephanie Tourles offers more than 120 delicious, super-nutritious recipes for smoothies, shakes, green drinks, power shots, mocktails, longevity elixirs, and fermented beverages, all designed to boost your health and energy. All recipes can be 100% vegan, though honey is often offered as one of several sweetening choices. There's even an original recipe for vegan yogurt, made with nut milks and probiotics. And no juicer is required: Tourles uses a high-powered kitchen blender to turn raw ingredients into satisfying drinks. From Green Grapefruit Refreshers and Ginger-Lime Mocktinis to Golden Antioxidant Fusion, Aloe and Pineapple Digestive Health Elixir, Pain-Away Chlorella Smoothies, and Sunbutter Banana Shakes, there's no shortage of nourishing, energizing, and irresistible choices.
Kombucha is a living drink made by fermenting sweetened tea using a kombucha culture, or SCOBY (which stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). As the SCOBY “digests” the sugar in the tea, it generates a variety of probiotics, enzymes, and amino acids, turning the initial tea into a nutrient-packed, tangy, effervescent health drink that is also deliciously addictive. Kombucha Kamp SCOBYs are 100 percent organic, full size (neither dehydrated nor sized for a test tube or pint jar), and shipped with real starter tea.This product features: • 1 SCOBY kombucha culture (makes 1 gallon). • Strong starter liquid with yeast strands (1 cup). • Shortcut kombucha tea recipe, tips and DIY guide
Today's renewed interest in making wine and beer at home amounts to nothing less than a renaissance. No matter why you want to join the new generation of homebrewers -- to complement your cooking, to save money or simply for a truly rewarding hobby -- Strong Waters will tell you how.
In this do-it-yourself guide, Scott Mansfield makes a grand tradition accessible for today's enthusiasts. Beginners will welcome his tips for getting started inexpensively with everyday materials, and experienced hobbyists will be inspired by recipes for longtime favorites and forgotten delights, including:
Although mead may have been “discovered,” as some suggest, when one of our not-yet-upright forebears got a little sloppy with the honey and water he left sloshing in a clay vessel, rest assured that The Complete Guide to Making Mead is a thoroughly modern and authoritative guide. Award-winning mead-maker Steve Piatz begins with a rundown of the various types of mead, along with the available honey varieties and the characteristics they impart. Readers also learn about yeasts and special ingredients, as well as the equipment needed to successfully begin making mead.
Piatz shows the steps involved in making a batch of mead, stressing his no-boil process, the use of healthy yeast, and the staggered addition of yeast nutrients. He even introduces advanced techniques like clarifying, aging, blending, and recipe development.
Illustrated with color photography throughout, this book encourages further discovery with the inclusion of more than two dozen of the author’s recipes for meads of all types. With information sure to appeal to stone-cold beginners and seasoned veterans alike, The Complete Guide to Making Mead is the perfect starting point for the curious and an indispensable reference for the experienced.
Adding a daily dose of fermented foods to your diet can have an extraordinary effect on your health. It has been shown to promote digestive ease for people suffering with inflammatory disorders, help manage sugar and carb cravings, and generally boost the immune system and contribute to an overall sense of well-being.
Motivated by an unquestionable belief that food is medicine and that what we eat can promote great healing or cause great harm, fermentation advocate Dearbhla Reynolds shows how to turn simple ingredients into superfoods using one of the world’s oldest methods of food preservation.
In The Cultured Club, which begins with a brief history of fermentation and a guide to maintaining gut health, you will learn basic fermentation techniques and discover numerous recipes for sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, condiments, dips, tapenades, breads, nut cheeses, and tonics that promise to restore vitality.
Learn the simple art of fermentation, enjoy its delicious, vibrant flavors, and watch your health flourish.
More than just a warm and comforting drink, tea has medicinal properties that are widely underused in North America. Common herbs, spices, fruits, and barks have been scientifically proven to help relieve pain, menopause symptoms, high blood pressure, insomnia, stress, and digestive angst. The Good Living Guide to Medicinal Tea invites readers into a world of medicinal plants, instructs on the specific healing properties of each, matches them to ten 10 common North American health disorders, and provides simple tea recipes that readers can make in their own homes.
Smoothies blended with fresh, crisp greens and natural fruit juices will increase your daily vegetable intake, boost your energy, and improve your overall well-being … and they don't have to cost a fortune! The Green Smoothie Garden teaches you how to make the healthiest green smoothies without breaking the bank. Featuring simple instructions and valuable gardening tips, this book shows you how to grow the vegetables in your favorite smoothies and incorporate them into a variety of delicious recipes. From kale to spinach to collards, the nutrient-rich greens featured in these tasty smoothies can be produced in any gardening space, so you'll be able to reap the benefits of a homegrown green smoothie no matter where you live. The Green Smoothie Garden. gives you the advice and tools you need to make the most nutritious drinks right at home and at a fraction of the cost!
The perfect book for plant lovers, foragers, fermenters, brewers and those fascinated by the healing power of herbs, this is a collection of natural, non-alcoholic stimulants and tranquilizers to improve awareness, aid sleep, and everything in between. Trained herbalist, nutritionist, aromatherapist and drinks specialist Michael Isted has treated the worlds of fashion, art and wellbeing to his fabulous natural drinks, and now brings his delectable potions to a wider audience.
You can become a confident cook—even if the drawer with the take-out menus is the only part of your kitchen you currently use! Kate Payne shows you how to master basic cooking techniques—boiling, baking and sautéing—and simplifies the process of fancy ones, such as jamming and preserving, dehydrating, braising, roasting, infusing, and pickling. With this straightforward and fun guide, you can stock up your kitchen with the ingredients, tools and appliances you'll actually use. You'll also learn how to decode recipes and alter them to make them gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan.