Salt of The Earth

December 30th at at 11AM EST (New York) is the final session of our WritersCultures program, and the start of a new year of Salt and Ceremony. We have many things planned for those that become Annual Members.

Before the end of the year that will cost you $75. Once 2023 rolls around that will cost $150 dollars. See below for registration information.

Eleni Michael with Moungra, a unique sourdough based ferment specific to Cyprus.

Using leaven or sourdough, or any fermenting starch like rice paste, to make ferments is an ancient practice. Thanks to Charles Perry for translating into English some of the most important history of fermentation, preservation and pickling.

For the final day we have an amazing line up. So far, that includes Christine Krauss of Chirp Foods making her version of subeshi, or walnut and miso stuffed citrus sweetmeat or confection. Nancy Singleton Hachisu has redone her entire presentation and added some crucial photos and narrative to her Nami no Hana (波の花) Do Goen segment.

Mustard Kraut made with cabbage and corn sourdough starter

We also have Ken Fornataro on ancient and modern ferments using sourdough or grain based leavens as was done – and in some places, still is – very commonly.

Then, Vanika Choudhary will demonstrate a regional version of a pumpkin miso – easily adapted to where you live – using rice koji and peppers native to her part of India.

Takashi Sato of San—J instructs you to make a very intense, gluten free version of shoyu or Japanese soy sauce called tamari, then offers some brilliant ways to use it. And Dawn Woodward of Evelyn’s Crackers presents a trio of amazing rye and whole grain based breads and desserts.

And there’s more. But you’re not going to see other than the above until 2023. Salt and Ceremony is the final, months long group of Sessions of our program WritersCultures. Before December 31st Annual Membership costs $75. In January of 2023 it goes to $150.

Annual Membership from 12/01/2022 – 12/31/2023 plus all events and videos

Annual Membership includes access to any event in 2022 and 2023, including all the Salt and Ceremony sessions and associated videos, and the video archives from now until the end of 2023



Author: culturesgroup

Ken Fornataro has acquired extensive knowledge of the science and techniques that have been all but forgotten with the increasing industrialization of food. Still in his teens, he was named Executive Chef at the Hermitage restaurant in Boston.   From there he worked at prestigious and often private establishments around the world where he practiced his craft. He ran the kitchen and catering services for Troutbeck in upstate New York, using locally grown and sustainably sourced ingredients in the 1980s. At Bloomingdales flagship store in Manhattan he ran the Fresh Foods department kitchens that included a line of his own prepared, preserved and fermented foods, as well as daily preparations directed by Michel Guérard, Petrossian, and Marcella Hazen. He has worked with Julia Child, Madeleine Kamman, Aveline and Michio Kushi, Paula Wolfert, Leah Chase, Anthony Bourdain and many chefs from around the world that taught him traditional Japanese, French, Jewish, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Nordic, Russian, Indian, and whole food cooking, preservation and fermentation techniques.

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