- Publisher: Readers to Eaters
- ISBN: 978-0998047713
- Published: June 7, 2022
About the Book
From the publisher:
Sandor Katz and the Tiny Wild is a picture book biography of the “Fermentation Revivalist,” from the award-winning authors of Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix.
Sandor Katz’s love of fermented food started with kosher dill pickles he ate as a New York City kid. As an adult, he left the busy city and moved to a queer community in the mountains of Tennessee. There, his friends grew their own food, cooked and ate together, and sometimes danced in drag when the work was done. One day, the cabbages were all, ALL ready to be harvested. What to do? Sandor tried to make sauerkraut. Delicious! He kept experimenting, finding old recipes, combining old ideas to make something new. Then, he shared what he learned in bestselling books, in classes, and with a growing group of friends around the world.
Written by award-winning authors Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, Sandor Katz and the Tiny Wild folds timely themes of ecology, community-building, and resilience into a lively biography that closes with a hands-on recipe: just chop, salt, pack, and wait for tiny, wild, invisible microbes to turn raw ingredients into zingy, zangy foods that we love. Sandor believes that making fermented foods connects all, ALL of us on planet Earth—people, plants, and The Tiny Wild. Won’t you join Sandor’s crew and share your own dash of dazzle with the world?
Quote From the Author
One reason I love writing books is that I learn so much while I am working on them. And that was especially true for this book. I learned a lot from working with June Jo Lee. She is a wonderful observer and notices patterns and small details. And she knows how to ask just the right questions — of people and of our writing.
— Jacqueline Briggs Martin
— Starred Review —
Entertainingly depicted… Bon appétit!
A triumphant celebration of food and community.
— Kirkus Reviews, “Children’s Books that Celebrate Queer Identity”
Martin and Lee incorporate quotes from Katz throughout their energetic, onomatopoeic text… Making her picture book debut, Julie Wilson’s casual, enthusiastic, earth-toned illustrations suit the subject and Katz’s effervescent personality. The entertainment value here is rivaled by expansive backmatter including an afterword by Katz addressing readers, a visual guide to kraut-making, long author and illustrator notes (including ethnographic research) and additional resources.
A fizzy and informative celebration of fermentation that enthusiastically supports curious experimentation and food literacy.
— Shelf Awareness