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. 


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