Water, Wood & Wild Things


Part of Asian Techniques, live Event May 2, 2021 from 1:00 PM EDT onward.

Hannah Kirshner is a writer, artist, and food stylist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Saveur, Taste, Food52, Roads & Kingdoms, and Atlas Obscura, among others. She is author of Water, Wood, and Wild Things.

Kirshner grew up on a small farm outside Seattle, and studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. She divides her time between Brooklyn and rural Japan. 


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 for all 5 events and many, many videos. Also, Season Passes are available. Registration link: https://conta.cc/3bplEtj

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.


Koji/Asian/Ferments – India Needs Help!


Covid 19 is devastating India. We have hundreds of friends and family in India. They need help. Immediately. If you can please make a donation to The Hemkunt Foundation or Medicins sans frontiers or Youth Feed India

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 and Covid 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. Pretty sure we will add another segment in a few weeks for all our friends in India that worked so hard to get their stuff in but are dealing with a major catastrophe that will have a devastating impact upon the world is not addressed immediately! $45 for all 5 events and many, many videos. Registration link: https://conta.cc/3bplEtj

You can also make a donation directly to one of the organizations – The Hemkunt Foundation or Medicins sans frontiers or Youth Feed India, and send us a message at kojiandpickles@gmail.com and we’ll set you up as our guest for the above described program. Plus we have a very special event set up at the end of May with an all India focus. Donate to the links above and you’re in to that as well! But donate now!


Koji/Asian/Ferments – May 2


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


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.