Author(s): Emma Christensen
This accessible home-brew guide for alcoholic and non-alcoholic fermented drinks, from Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn's Emma Christensen, offers a wide range of simple yet enticing recipes for Root Beer, Honey Green Tea Kombucha, Pear Cider, Gluten-Free Sorghum Ale, Blueberry-Lavender Mead, Gin Sake, Plum Wine, and more.
Making naturally fermented sodas, tending batches of kombucha, and tackling homebrewed beer are the next frontier for the homemade revolution. Food writer Emma Christensen shows that these projects can be all done in the smallest apartment kitchen with little more equipment than a soup pot, a plastic bucket, and a long-handled spoon. This book captures that crafty, adventurous spirit that makes the brewing arts accessible. Since all 50-plus recipes stem from the same basic technique and use the same simple equipment, it's easy for cooks to make the leap from project to project. By covering a rage of homemade beverages, from quick and easy kefir to cellared fruit wines, "True Brews" is sure to be a hit with the DIY crowd.
"I dare you to get through the first chapter of "True Brews" without running to your kitchen to try a recipe. Emma Christensen demystifies the process of homebrewing with her clear, empowering, and enticing recipes, showing us the full brewing potential of even the smallest and most basic kitchens. Even more, her enthusiasm is entirely infectious--get this book into enough hands, and I predict a homebrewed revolution."
--Alana Chernila, author of "The Homemade Pantry "
"Fermented beverages come in many varied forms, and "True Brews" explores a vast array of them. I applaud Emma Christensen for this user-friendly compendium of ancient wisdom, modern methods, and inventive flavor combinations. Invite microbes into your life via some of these lively brews. Become part of the fermentation revival!"
--Sandor Ellix Katz, author of "The Art of Fermentation "and "Wild Fermentation "
"I'll confess: I was skeptical about brewing at home before picking up Emma Christensen's" True Brews." My skepticism was immediately quashed by this book, which like a shaken-up bottle of homebrewed soda, positively explodes with accessible techniques, enticing recipes, and best of all a clear, enthusiastic voice that guides you through the process. Thanks to this book, I can't wait to start brewing and drinking my own beer, wine, and soda at home."
--Adam Roberts, author of "The Amateur Gourmet" and "Secrets of the Best Chefs"
"Are you fed up with the homogenized commodity bev-erages that often dominate the shelves of your local retailers, devoid of flavor, texture, and personality, but bountiful in marketing campaign dollars? Then do yourself a favor and learn to make your own! Use quality ingredients to create flavors that you want to drink--with True Brews as your guide, it's not so hard to do. Cheers!"
--Greg Koch, CEO and cofounder of Stone Brewing Co.
"Small-batch beverage-making encapsulated in a neat, easy-to-follow book. With 1-gallon in
EMMA CHRISTENSEN is a food writer, beer reviewer, and homebrewer; currently her writing appears daily on Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn. In addition, Christensen writes a twice-monthly syndicated column for Tribune Media Services on weeknight meal solutions for harried home cooks. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.