More Mushrooms, Chocolate, and Hyphae


Cover photos for the second part of Fermentation Journeys, Mushrooms, Chocolate and Hyphae
The Mushrooms, Chocolate and Hyphae showcase of videos for Sandor Katz’s “Fermentation Journeys” part 2 is filling up. Register: https://conta.cc/3bplEtj Now to watch.

October 10th, 11 AM to 2 PM Eastern Time


  • Mallory O’Donnell and Nick Repenning 11 to 11:15
  • Will Moffat 11:15 to 11:30 
  • Markus Shimuzu 11:30 to 12
  • William Rubel 12 to 12:30
  • Estéban Yepes Montoya 12:30 to 1:00
  • Sandor Katz 1:00 – 2, Group Discussion

Nancy Matsumoto, co-author of the forthcoming book, Exploring the World of Japanese Craft Sake: Rice, Water, Earth, will be in conversation with the newly minted Dr. Maya Hey, scholar of fermentation and feminism.

Register: https://conta.cc/3bplEtj


Mushrooms, Chocolate and Hyphae

Mushroom foragers, botanists and Koji and other types of filamentous fungus experts facilitate a really stellar program that includes artisans and explorers of the functional and practical and cultural uses of mushrooms, cacao (theobroma cacao) or chocolate,and what most know as Koji and other hyphae producing fungus.

Photo by Markus Shimuzu, Mimi Ferments

Most of the topics discussed are in Sandor’s latest book, Fermentation Journeys. These presenters take it further in their own areas of research, discovery, and practice.


Photo by Markus Shimuzu, Mimi Ferments

Interviews, Live chat, and online Q/A sessions and presentations. Videos from around the world are available for ongoing viewing to subscribers and presenters.

Register for events and video viewings as an InRetrospect subscriber or as a Reserved Seat holder to view videos as well as to get into a live event. Video makers (for any of the WritersCultures2021 events or InRetrospect), and reserved seat holders get in first.

You can purchase these types of tickets anytime, even after a specific live event, although we only promise to have the pre-recorded interviews between authors available, not live event recordings unless they are of suitable quality. 


Photo taken by Dr. Maya Hey with permission by Terada Honke.

Videos by: Sandor Katz, Mara Jane King, Naomi Duguid, Kirsten Shockey, Cortney Burns, Holly Davis, Sean Doherty, Marcus Shimuzu, William Rubel, Umair Khakoo, Anna Drozdova, Sònia Dguez, Maya Seetharaman, Margaret Sevenjhazi, Eve Jazmati, Jennifer Solow, Danny Berke, Anita Tikoo, Edgar Deteil, Haruko Uchishiba, Connie Chew, Yoko Lamn, Taylor Westbrook, Mirna Bamieh, Andrea Billar, Kimiko Ito, Ellie Markovitch, Estéban Yepes, Pratap Chahal, Harry Rosenblum, Priya Mani, Melanie McIntosh, Laurent Serin and Javier Gutiérrez Carcache, Kartik Sinha, Zizinia de les Flors, Alex Hozven and Kevin Farley of The Cultured Pickle Shop, Sharon Flynn, Riley Henderson, Tejas Sameer, Nancy Matsumoto, Mallory O’Donnell, Nick Repenning, Will Moffat, Maya Hey, Eiko Takahashi, Jeremy Umansky, Nina Mong, Anton Nicola, Eleana Hsu and Kevin Gondo, Nickawanna Shaw, Taylor Erkkinen, Jenny Bardwell, Tejas Sameer, Joel Orsini, Jessica Alonzo, Julia Skinner, and Mark Tan.


November 7, 2021, 1 to 3:00 PM EST The North and Rye

Dr. Darra Goldstein, Gabriella Gershenson, Zuza Zak, Laura Valli, and Katrina Kollegaeva discuss the history and current state of food and drink in Russia, The Balkans and The Caucasus with a special emphasis on the region’s love of all things sour and of course the role of rye and fermentation throughout the region. 


December 19, 2021, 7 to 9 PM EST Fruit From the Sands

(book by Dr. Robert Spengler III): The Silk Road Origins of the Foods. Videos and a live discussion about the most fascinating archeobotanical history of the dissemination of food and culture and civilization from Central Asia to the rest of the world through The Silk Road and it’s predecessor. With recipe videos. (looking for additional video makers)


The InRetrospect ticket provides access to all events (live or prerecorded, although we don’t make replay event recordings available), 200+ food, fermentation and culture videos. Includes videos from the last 5 years including never before screened archive interviews and full length videos. Until 3/31/2022. Gets rolled out over a four month period. 


#WritersCultures2021



Koji/Asian/Ferments/India/June 27


Registration link: https://conta.cc/3bplEtj


New Event Added! April 25,11 to 1 PM and May 2, 1 to 3 PM EDT


Because of the number of submissions to the Asian Techniques: Rice, beans, squash, nuts, roots and seeds, and the number of people around the world having transmission difficulties with videos we added a second part to the event, May 2, 1 to 3 PM EDT for the other side of the world. $15 fee for live event and video watching until June 30th. $45 fort all 5 events and many, many videos. Also, Season Passes are available. Registration link: https://conta.cc/3bplEtj


Six Incredible Breads circa 1550


Thu, April 22, 2021. 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT). Register at Eventbrite now. It’s free, donations always accepted. 

More than a dozen bread recipes from an unpublished English bread manuscript circa 1550 will be presented by William Rubel, joined  by two members of our group including Jeff Pavlic, a baker, bakery owner, and culinary historian. Also, Malcom Thick, a world renowned expert on Early Modern English agriculture, and a world expert on the manuscript. 

Six breads from the oldest known English bread recipes will be shared, so register now for the culturesgroup sponsored event. Years ago, William Rubel published the recipe for one of these breads on his website. Besides that one recipe, all of what will be presented is unpublished. An advanced look at an extraordinary group of bread recipes is being presented at this event.

And, an actual English sourdough recipe! There are virtually no published English, as in British, sourdough recipes publish prior to the later 20th century. The recipe being shared is historically important, and very exciting.

Malcom Thick will introduce the manuscript. William Rubel will follow with some general comments on Early Modern English bread, offering insights gleaned from this extraordinary manuscript. Jeff Pavlik will introduce the six recipes. At least 30 minutes of hands on baking.

Also, if you have any information on village ovens or small scale baking operations in Algeria or Morocco please drop me a line at kojiandpickles@gmail.com with Bread in the subject line.




Asian Techniques – April 25,11 to 1 PM EDT

Malica Groen of Malica Ferments

This final event of the first program segments is Asian Techniques with rice, beans, squash, nuts, roots and seeds. $15 fee for live event and video watching until June 30th. Season Passes are available. Registration link: https://conta.cc/3bplEtj


Prawn Pad Thai by Chef Eiko Takahashi

Presenters include (list in formation)

Chef Eiko Takahashi, Chef Jeremy Umansky, Chef Cortney Burns, Chef Joel Orsini, Chef Sean Doherty, Chef Corey Bullock, Hannah Kirshner, Chris de Bono, James Matt Vergara, Zizinia de Les Flors, Mandy Ardesty, Chef Alan Callaham, Alexis Nikole Nelson, Sandor Katz, Chef Ken Fornataro, Anne-Marie Bonneau, Anita Tikoo, Åsa Linéa Simonsson, Christine Krauss, Edd Colbert, Nancy Kinzanjui, Chef Pao Yu Liu, Alex Bauer, Anja De Klerk, Ebonee McCorvey, William Rubel, Jeff Rubidge, Cultured and Cured Amy Kalafa and Alex Gunuey, Sacha Wilson, Connie Chew, Erica Carson, Dr. Esther Miller, Eve Jazmati, Hannah Crum, Jo Webster, Chef Jori Jayne Emde, Chef Heidi Nestler, Chef Laurent Serin, Leda Meredith, Chef Llewyn Màire, Mallory O’Donnell, Danny Berke, Edgar Delteil, Chef Ellie Markovitch, Dr. Maria Jimena Ricatti,  Marika Groen, Nick Repenning, Payal Shah, Dr. Peiman Khosravi, Chef Pratap Chahal, Dr. Tejas Sameer, Veena Fermavore, Chef Will Moffat, Zoe Mitchell, Zuza Zak, and others.

Roots, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Corn – Asian Techniques


James Vergara and Heidi Nestler of Wanpaku Natto

April 25, 2021 – Asian Techniques 10 AM to 1 PM ET – Corn, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Roots: Shio-koji, Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Sauces, Jangs, Bokashi, and sweets.

The live event is on Sunday April 25th from 10 to 1 PM ET. It’s a Zoom call. It’s the fourth event of the program, and last of the first segment. $45 for all 4 events including Zoom meeting and 150+ associated videos. See the menu for other options at this Registration Link

Wanpaku Natto

Our first 4 events of Ferments and Cultures2021 present techniques – in over 150 videos – such as foraged vegetables ferments, making shio-koji, using koji as an agent to create foods from otherwise wasted food sources, corn fermentations and its use in drinks, baked goods, misos and pickles and tonics.


What else? Vegetable ferments. Restorative Tonics. Mead. Dashi. Shoyu. Medicinal brews. Fermented Flowers. Shrubs. Water kefir. Milk Kefir. Sourdough. Nettles, Vinegar. Filamentous Fungus. Amino Pastes. Jiangs. Fermented Teas. Corn Koji. Buckwheat rejuvelac. Asian Techniques to make things such as Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Sauces, Sake, Rice wine, Seaweed Salads and other things from Corn, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Roots. African spice blends and cultures. Bread History. Corn.


Chef Ken Fornataro of cultuhttps://www.instagram.com/culturesgroup/resgroup serves up corn shoyu cured egg yolks with goto natto (natto with koji) on seeded flatbread

All the videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in. Our videos are always password protected. You must have both the showcase address, and the passcode for a specific event. We do not live broadcast on social media sites.


Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Roots: Asian Techniques


April 25, 2021 – Asian Techniques 10 AM to 1 PM ET – Corn, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Roots: Shio-koji, Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Sauces, Jangs, Bokashi, and sweets.

Mangoes with Umami Paste by Connie Chew of Crazy Asian Ferments

The live event is on Sunday April 25th from 10 to 1 PM ET. It’s a Zoom call. It’s the fourth event of the program, and last of the first segment. $45 for all 4 events including Zoom meeting and 150+ associated videos. See the menu for other options at this Registration Link


Our first 4 events of Ferments and Cultures2021 present techniques – in over 150 videos – such as foraged vegetables ferments, making shio-koji, using koji as an agent to create foods from otherwise wasted food sources, corn fermentations and its use in drinks, baked goods, misos and pickles and tonics.

Connie Chew of Crazy Asian Ferments

What else? Vegetable ferments. Restorative Tonics. Mead. Dashi. Shoyu. Medicinal brews. Fermented Flowers. Shrubs. Water kefir. Milk Kefir. Sourdough. Nettles, Vinegar. Filamentous Fungus. Amino Pastes. Jiangs. Fermented Teas. Corn Koji. Buckwheat rejuvelac. Asian Techniques to make things such as Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Sauces, Sake, Rice wine, Seaweed Salads and other things from Corn, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Roots. African spice blends and cultures. Bread History. Corn.


Mangoes with Umami Paste by Connie Chew of Crazy Asian Ferments

All the videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in. Our videos are always password protected. You must have both the showcase address, and the passcode for a specific event. We do not live broadcast on social media sites.


Corn, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Roots: Asian Techniques


An Exploration of Pure Corn Misos by Alan Callaham

April 25, 2021 – Asian Techniques 10 AM to 1 PM ET – Corn, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Roots: Shio-koji, Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Sauces, Jangs, Bokashi, and sweets.

The live event is on Sunday April 25th from 10 to 1 PM ET. It’s a Zoom call. It’s the fourth event of the program, and last of the first segment. $45 for all 4 events including Zoom meeting and 150+ associated videos. See the menu for other options at this Registration Link

An Exploration of Pure Corn Misos by Alan Callaham

Our first 4 events of Ferments and Cultures2021 present techniques – in over 150 videos – such as foraged vegetables ferments, making shio-koji, using koji as an agent to create foods from otherwise wasted food sources, corn fermentations and its use in drinks, baked goods, misos and pickles and tonics.


What else? Vegetable ferments. Restorative Tonics. Mead. Dashi. Shoyu. Medicinal brews. Fermented Flowers. Shrubs. Water kefir. Milk Kefir. Sourdough. Nettles, Vinegar. Filamentous Fungus. Amino Pastes. Jiangs. Fermented Teas. Corn Koji. Buckwheat rejuvelac. Asian Techniques to make things such as Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Sauces, Sake, Rice wine, Seaweed Salads and other things from Corn, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Roots. African spice blends and cultures. Bread History. Corn.


An Exploration of Pure Corn Misos by Alan Callaham

All the videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in. Our videos are always password protected. You must have both the showcase address, and the passcode for a specific event. We do not live broadcast on social media sites.


Asian Techniques: Corn, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Roots


April 25, 2021 – Asian Techniques 10 AM to 1 PM ET – Corn, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Roots: Shio-koji, Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Sauces, Jangs, Bokashi, and sweets.

The live event is on Sunday April 25th from 10 to 1 PM ET. It’s a Zoom call. It’s the fourth event of the program, and last of the first segment. $45 for all 4 events including Zoom meeting and 150+ associated videos. See the menu for other options at this Registration Link

Under 18 minutes  #matzo with sesame seeds and nixtamalized corn koji flour and Emmer wheat

Our first 4 events of Ferments and Cultures2021 present techniques – in over 150 videos – such as foraged vegetables ferments, making shio-koji, using koji as an agent to create foods from otherwise wasted food sources, corn fermentations and its use in drinks, baked goods, misos and pickles and tonics.

What else? Vegetable ferments. Restorative Tonics. Mead. Dashi. Shoyu. Medicinal brews. Fermented Flowers. Shrubs. Water kefir. Milk Kefir. Sourdough. Nettles, Vinegar. Filamentous Fungus. Amino Pastes. Jiangs. Fermented Teas. Corn Koji. Buckwheat rejuvelac. Asian Techniques to make things such as Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Sauces, Sake, Rice wine, Seaweed Salads and other things from Corn, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts, and Roots. African spice blends and cultures. Bread History. Corn.


The team at Zizinia de les Flors brings some really amazing fermented foods from Egypt, Jordan, Africa and the Middle East to Ferments and Cultures 2020 and Ferments and Cultures 2021 – Espacio creativo británicolevante cocinando historia cultura política con métodos agrarios tradicionales bendiciones abuelas y otras brujas

All the videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in. Our videos are always password protected. You must have both the showcase address, and the passcode for a specific event. We do not live broadcast on social media sites.