In January 2009 I had the pleasure of flying to Nashville to interview my hero Sandor Ellix Katz for one of my favorite publications The Sun Magazine. It was a dream come true trip and now nearly a year and a half later the interview is in this month’s issue!
Sandor is an inspiration and he’s changed my life in many ways. I got a copy of his first book Wild Fermentation when it came out in 2003 just a few months after moving to Portland, Oregon. In the years since I’ve reached for that book on my kitchen bookshelf more times than I count. From it I’ve learned how to make sauerkraut, sour pickles, fruit wine, dandelion wine and much more. It’s my kind of book — lots of back to basics recipes, well researched culinary history and culture, and funny and insightful personal anecdotes. In other words, so much more than a straight-up cookbook.
When Sandor’s second book came out — The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved — I got my hands on it the week it released. More learning, more inspiration, more discoveries. I’ve written about Sandor and interviewed him many times and every time I feel all the wiser.