Join us on February 26th at 7 pm for our Non-Fiction book club discussion of Our Fermented Lifes by Julia Skinner. Author, Julia Skinner will be joining our discussion!
Our Fermented Lives: A History of How Fermented Foods Have Shaped Cultures & Communities
From craft beers and sourdough bread to kimchi, coffee, tea, and cheese, fermentation is a popular topic in both food and health circles. In Our Fermented Lives, food historian and fermenting expert Julia Skinner explores the fascinating roots of a wide range of fermented foods in cultures around the world, with a focus on the many intersections fermented foods have with human history and culture, from the evolution of the microbiome to food preservation techniques, distinctive flavor profiles around the globe, and the building of community. Fans of fermentation, chefs, and anyone fascinated with the origins of various foods will enjoy this engaging popular history, which is accompanied by 42 recipes adapted from historic sources, including sauerkraut, corn beer, uji (fermented grain porridge), pickles and relishes, vinegars, ketchup, soy sauce, Tepache (fermented pineapple drink), vinegars, beet kvass, and more.
Julia is incredibly passionate about food as a force for healing and connection, and this passion for building community is central to her other work. She is a food historian, who sees the food she makes and the stories she tells as a way to connect with the past and with the people around her. In 2018, she founded Root (@rootkitchens), a food history and fermentation organization that makes food history accessible through education, events, and building personal and community connections to the food we eat. She is also a professional fermenter and works with restaurants to reduce food waste and reinvision seasonal eating, while also teaching classes and leading events for home cooks. She received her doctorate in Library and Information Science from Florida State University, and while she is not a full-time librarian any longer, she believes libraries are critically important institutions and continues to be involved with libraries through a variety of service activities and collaborations, and teaching the next generation of librarians at several universities. She has had all sorts of travel and work adventures (including an almost 6-year stint as a city bus driver) that continue to inform her work and imbue her world with a sense of wonder. When at her home in Atlanta, she can often be found playing in nature, creating new art (or even writing!), exploring the city, and spending time with the people and animals she loves.