Fermentation provides abundant vitamins, minerals and healthy bacteria and has been used by humans for thousands of years for nutritional, holistic health. This title introduces you to the healing properties of kefir, kombucha, cultured vegetables, sprouted flour and sourdough.
Donna Schwenk's world changed when she discovered cultured foods. After a difficult pregnancy and various health problems, she became determined to find answers to what ailed her. And in her quest, she came across the ancient art of home fermentation, a food preparation technique that supercharges everyday foods with beneficial bacteria to balance your digestive system, and vitamins and minerals to enhance your overall health. This simple, natural process has been used for thousands of years to create everything from drinks like kefir and kombucha to foods like kimchi and pickles. After incorporating fermented foods into her life, Donna began to experience a vitality that she had never known. She was hooked! She started a new life as a teacher and writer, blogging on her website culturedfoodlife.com, in an effort to bring the beautiful world of fermented foods to as many people as possible. She now works with thousands of people to open the door to a world of foods that can help improve an array of health problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, allergies, acne, hypertension, asthma, and irritable bowel syndrome. In Cultured Food for Life Donna brings this same information to you and shows you that preparing and eating cultured foods is easy, fun and delicious! After speaking to the science behind the healing power of probiotic foods and telling the astonishing story of how she healed herself and her family, Schwenk walks you, step by step, through the basic preparation techniques for kefir, kombucha, cultured vegetables and sprouted flour, plus more than 135 recipes that use these foods to create dishes to please any palate. With recipes like Herbed Omelette with Kefir Hollandaise Sauce, Sprouted Ginger Scones with Peaches and Kefir Cream, Kefir Veggie Sprouted Pizza, Apple Sauerkraut, and Brownie Cupcakes with Kefir Frosting, along with inspirational stories from Donna's family and friends, you'll learn everything you want to know about a diet that's as tasty as it is healthy.
Donna Schwenk is the Kansas City Chapter leader for Weston Price Foundation, a worldwide organization comprised of people dedicated to restoring nutrient dense food to the human diet through education, research, and activism. She teaches classes in the Kansas City area to open people's eyes to the power of cultured foods, which dramatically changed her health and the health of her family when she started making and eating them in 2002. She is the founder of
"Cultured Food for Life is just what the doctor should be ordering! This book is loaded with health wisdom that can change your life!" -- Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause "Donna Schwenk has taken lacto-fermentation to a whole new level with this attractive and creative book. She provides plenty of new ideas and some old favorites for the alchemy of fermented foods. Cultured Food for Life is a great contribution to the growing movement in natural pickling and healthy, digestible grains." -- Sally Fallon Morell, author of Nourishing Traditions and president of The Weston A. Price Foundation
"More and more, the research is clear that the true secret to health, vitality, and weight loss lies in the quality of our intestinal flora. Cultured Food for Life is an invaluable resource for creating that healthy flora in a simple, fun, sustainable, and delicious way. Read the book, follow the suggestions, enjoy the recipes, and watch how you and your family experience energy and a vibrancy you've never thought possible." -- Jon Gabriel, international best-selling author and creator of The Gabriel Method
"Donna's passion and experience, along with her easy-to-follow recipes, make this book a must-have for anyone interested in fermented foods." -- Stepfanie Romine, co-author of The SparkPeople Cookbook and The Spark Solution
"Cultured Food for Life is just what the doctor should be ordering! This book is loaded with health wisdom that can change your life!" -- Christiane Northrup, M.D. , ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom